„We have overcome hunger because we were given the chance to do so“, says Selestina Tirky. She has received assets and training from the NETZ Sustainable Livelihoods project. Now she is able to „have three meals per day“ and sends her kids to school. She represents the interests of the most disadvantaged people from her community with her self-help organisation.
In 2016, a new era of development has started. All 193 member states of the United Nations (UN) have signed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The second of the 17 goals is „to end hunger“. Further goals on the agenda are to eradicate poverty, provide just and high-quality education and to enable self-determination for all women and girls. These goals are to be reached by 2030. The NETZ strategy for the period of 2016-2021 goes hand in hand with this agenda.
The Agenda 2030 succeeds the eight Millennium Goals set out by the UN for 2000-2015. As records show, the people of Bangladesh have made considerable progress on these eight goals. NETZ has contributed to this success with its programmes.
Selestina Tirky and further 51,602 women have shown that people are able to sustainably free themselves out of poverty. They also teach us how well this can blend with an active citizenship. Nobody has to wait until 2030. Already today, no single child in Bangladesh should go to bed hungry and grow up malnourished.
For this to happen, structures need to be broken down, which deny the people their right to food. Carelessness can be overcome and plenty of creativity may be developed to realize this path of liberation.
I thank you all very much, who have contributed to the many positive changes in the last year. Please do get involved now as well, with your hopes, your courage and your concrete support.
From 2000 to 2015, the development cooperation and partnership of NETZ has made many changes possible:
1. Fighting hunger: 171,000 people have sustainably overcome hunger under the Sustainable Livelihoods programme.
2. Primary education: 26,098 children visited a primary school supported by NETZ and further 33,427 children were given support at public primary schools.
3. Strengthening women: 53,078 women participated in trainings. They speak out for their rights and are active in the development of their villages.
4.-6. Reduce child mortality, health care for mothers, containing diseases: Improved nutrition, supply of drinking water, hygienic toilets and health care for children, mothers and fathers as a result from the Sustainable Livelihoods programme. School-children at NETZ supported schools are given medical care.
7. Environmental sustainability: Families in the Sustainable Livelihoods programme planted 551,234 trees among other activities.
8. Development partnership: NETZ and Bangladeshi NGOs, volunteer services and school partnerships have strengthened the cooperation between Bangladesh and Germany.
Furthermore, 38,469 women and men participated in trainings on human rights. They speak out against violence and discrimination.