OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Garrett Brown has shared a third update on the OHS Initiative for Workers and Community in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The project is well underway with the hiring of the four staff members and the launch of start-up activities.

The key activity this spring has been work on developing an effective and accessible curriculum, materials and lesson plans for the “train-the-trainer” (ToT) program to be conducted with the experienced worker educators designated by the Initiative’s six member organizations.  An Expert Committee of local and international occupational health and safety professionals to assist the Training Manager was formed and has met in April and May.

The first class of 25-30 participants in the ToT program will be recruited in June, and the courses are tentatively scheduled to begin in July.

Garrett and his group are starting to raise the funds needed by the end of this calendar year for the second-year budget.  That budget total ($65,000) is slightly larger than the first year to anticipate growth and expansion of the Initiative.  They already have commitments of 5,000 British pounds from the Institution for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the UK, and 8,000 Euros from the World Solidarity Movement (WSM) in Belgium.  GlobalWorks Foundation, associated with Fontheim International in Washington, DC, has also just contributed $2,500 for the project’s second year of operations.

They would welcome financial contributions of any size in 2017 for project activities in 2018.  Suggestions of who else might be interested in supporting this project are also very welcome.

For further information you can read the full update here, or contact Garrett at: garrettdbrown@comcast.net.


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