USAID’s Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Support (MPDS)

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Project Synopsis

“Multi-purpose Disaster Shelter Support” (MPDS) is a multi-year program jointly implemented by CARE Bangladesh, Save the Children and Gram Unnayon Sangathon (GRAUS) funded by USAID with the overall goal of “risk of natural disasters reduced and community resilience increased”. The project focuses on community and stakeholder’s capacity strengthening on local hazards, management and construction of multipurpose shelters in Cox’s Bazar (Moheshkhali, Kutubdia, Chakaria, Pekua) and Bandarban (Sadar, Naikhongchori, Lama upazila) districts. The project aims at constructing 25 new shelters in two of the most vulnerable districts Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar benefitting 200,000 people over three and half years. The project will follow a “Para Center” approach that acts as the nucleus of basic social services in the community centers for the people in disaster-struck areas. In some locations, the centers will serve as learning spaces to provide children with a safe, stimulating and quality learning environment.

Projects Coverage

Operates in Moheshkhali, Pekua, Kutubdia and Chakaria Upazila of Cox’s Bazar District;

Bandarban Sadar, Lama and Naikhongchhari Upazila of Bandarban District.

Achievements and Milestones

25 New MPDS are built

25 Ward Disaster Management Committee are formed along with 375 people

2125 community and DMC people are trained on DRR and Early Warning System

5000 students and community people are oriented on COVID-19 prevention, DRR, and WASH awareness

Salma is happy to serve the community

Ms. Umme Salma Akter, Age 20, lives in Khanjonipara village of BM Char Union, Chakaria Upazila under Cox’s Bazar district. After completing SSC in 2017 she discontinued her education. In the meantime, she learned the domestic care works from her mother. Moreover, she was very interested in social work. MPDS team selected her as a volunteer and provided her with a two-day training on Disaster preparedness and gender inclusion. The training has raised her confidence by improving her understanding of gender issues and roles during the cyclone and other disasters. She feels that every girl should participate in such kind of training to serve their community better. ‘I will share my learning with my community people and apply my learning in my family as well. Thanks to USAID’s MPDS for providing such nice training,”-she added.