Prantic Unnayan Society (Prantic) was established in 1998 targeting to address the vulnerable women and children living in urban and rural areas. Under the dynamic leadership of Mr. AFM Rezaul Karim the Founder Chairperson and Executive Director of Prantic, a team of like minded youths having experience, skill and commitment in working for the poor contributed to establish this organisation. Idea of establishing such organisation came in mind while the Chairman was leading a community initiated relief program to support the flood victims in 1998 living in the slum areas near the capital city Dhaka. Prantic is now working in three upazilas under two districts of Bangladesh.
Legal status: Prantic got its first registration in the year 2000 under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 of Joint Stock Companies and Farms, The Government of Bangladesh with the registration number S: 2338(181)/2000. In order to receive foreign grants/donations Prantic is then got registration from the NGO Affairs Bureau of Prime Minister’s Office, The Government of Bangladesh with the registration number 1773 in 2002. In compliance with a government order, Prantic got registration from the Micro Credit Regulatory Authority to conduct micro-credit with the registration number 01852-00758-00613 on 29 March 2012.
Vision: Prantic visions the empowerment of the Prantic families, children and women with gender equity and social dignity.
Mission: Prantic considers following two missions mainly-
- To help and assist ‘Prantic’ man, women and children who became marginal socially, politically, economically, religiously, physically and above all became victim or exploited or alienated through man-made and natural calamities, to educate themselves, to develop their skills, to organize and unite and to help them establish an organizational frame-work from their present places of struggle for survival under their own leadership.
- To help and assist the working class people improve their productive capacity, their economic level of living and material resource position, increase their participation in the implementation of development programs and their bargaining powers and in order to free themselves from their relations of dependence so that they may gain greater respect for themselves and be able to lead a life of dignity.
Strategies: Prantic follows a multidimensional, integrated and proactive strategy to empower the beneficiaries. One is social mobilization for example, organizing beneficiaries at local level to appear as a ‘critical mass’ to attain bargaining power with the local government and opponent forces. Develops skill and capacity through awareness raising, providing training and technological support. Provides assistance to increase greater access and control over local level decision-making bodies and resources with their own leadership.
Beneficiary criteria: Prantic works with “Prantic” families. “Prantic” is a Bengali word means cornered or marginal. “Unnayan” means development. Hence PranticUnnayan Society works for the development of marginal families, children and women in particular. Prantic classifies beneficiaries into following four social strata:
Political: Alienated or forced to leave ancestral holdings due to political rivalry, exploitation by the rich or pressure from dominant class/religion. Natural: Alienated and migrated due to natural calamities such as flood, river erosion and others. Social: Alienated due to lack of social acceptance such as sex workers, orphans, street children, adolescents and working children in the households. Economic: Laborers, hawkers, small traders, marginal farmers and sharecroppers who are struggling with subsistence income and imposed to take foods below minimum requirement and having no surplus irrespective of cast, religion, and ethnicity.