DRR, supported by WFP and implemented by CNRS, 2019

As per the agreement with WFP-DRR-FFA project, CNRS has completed all the assigned 11 DRR schemes in three camps (camp-17, camp 20-extension and camp 22) during the project period of three months (1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019). On the other project component viz. fighting deforestation, two CNRS Forestry experts conducted monitoring of planted saplings within camps with BRAC and Chittagong University and delivered reports within the timeframe. Some innovations were brought into our DRR schemes. Firstly, by keeping “extended box area” in both the Bamboo bridges in camp 20 Ext. to ensure safer spaces for women/adolescent girls to stand on at times of congestions while commuting through the Bamboo bridges. Secondly by incorporating biological waste water treatment facilities through constructed wetlands with brick chips, gravels and coarse sand, including plantation of waste absorbing plants (Cana indica – Kolabati) in our canal excavation scheme in camp 17. Thirdly, by establishing a sand trap inside the drains constructed in camp-22 in Unchiprang. While implementing the assigned project schemes, we did not face remarkable challenges in accomplishing the targeted activities as we got sufficient cooperation and assistance from WFP in timely manner. We also got cooperation and help from respective CICs and site management entities. However, some challenges like Majhi’s indirect involvement in project participants’ selection, use of duplicate FCN cards, proxy of casual laborer’s and Majhi- defendant laborer created problems that delayed the process. Incorporation of biological waste water
cleaning facilities (constructed wetlands and plantation of Cana indica (Kolabati) plants) needed technical specifcations that delayed the schedule of canal excavation scheme by about two weeks but nally we were able to complete the entire task within the timeframe except planting Cana indica (Kolabati) plants which experts opined had high mortality in the dry season, which can be later planted in April’19.

In implementing 11 DRR schemes, we engaged 1256 labourers (11597 person days) of which 1075 were male and 181 were female and all of them were recruited from Rohingyas living in respective camps, where women participants represent 14.4%. A total of approximately BDT 4.3 million was paid to labourers as wages of which BDT 0.483 million (11.23%) were received by women as CFW. It is assumed that the amount of CFW earned would directly help increase household income that in turn indirectly ensure increased food consumption and improved dietary diversity at household level.