Help Bangladesh Fight Flood

Education material distribution in Kurigram Sanitary latrine equipment distribution Crop seed distribution in Kurigram

Final Report on Flood 2017 Rehabilitation:

Last year in August a deadly flood engulfed Bangladesh, especially the northern side, and wreaked havoc on the lives of million people. The total damage is estimated to exceed 14 thousand crore taka. The flood devastated houses, roads and highways, destroyed crops and contaminated water reservoirs. The sufferings of the affected people knew no bounds. Like past years, SpaandanB US immediately started an emergency drive to collect funds to support the flood victims and instructed Bangladesh office to take necessary steps for the implementation of the program. With all out support from our donors, SpaandanB very quickly raised $30,000 in USA and about $7500 in Bangladesh. Organizations like Sabrina Memorial Foundation in US and BUET 85-92 club in Bangladesh offered significant support to reach the goal of the fund drive.

While selecting the location for the program, northern side of Bangladesh was given priority since it was the most affected area. SpaandanB collected information about the flood damage from areas like Dinajpur, Rangpur, Kurigram, Ponchogor, Naogaon, Joypurhat, Thakurgaon, Bogra and Sirajgonj. After evaluating the collected information, SpaandanB selected the following areas to limit the activity.

After the area selection, SpaandanB started collecting data from the grounds. We created a form to collect information about the affected people like the status of their house, crops, farming animals, education materials, ownership of land and its size, source of drinking water etc. We worked with our trusted partner "Badhan" to collect information from 11 villages and 495 Thanas of Noonkhawa Union, Nageshwari Upozilla, Kurigram District. Later on the information collection was carried on to Shonkorpur Union of Dinajpur District. From Sept 10 to Sept 13, we collected information from 817 families.

We also partnered with Hunger Project Bangladesh and decided to distribute vegetable seeds in Naogaon and Rangpur area through their network.

SpaandanB received permission from NGO Bureau of Bangladesh on Oct 03, 2017 (ref: 03.09.0000.666.69.147.17-19) to go ahead with the program and immediately started the implementation activity. Based on the collected information, SpaandanB executed the following rehabilitation effort.

Details of Rehabilitation Effort:

House Building Material Distribution

500 flood affected families in Shongkorpur Union of Dinajpur Sadar Upozilla of Dinajpur District received house building support. Each family received a bundle of 9 pieces of corrugated tin to reconstruct their flood-damaged home. Local administration was brought into the loop before making the distribution.

  • Video link of Tin distribution
  • List and signature of the recipients

  • Education Material Distribution

    Many students in Shongkorpur Union of Dinajpur Sadar Upozilla of Dinajpur District lost their education material to flood water. SpaandanB distributed a package of education material to all 2500 students from 5 High Schools and 5 Elementary schools of the union.Each package consisted of 5 work-books, 1 pen, 1 erase, 1 sharpener, 1 pencil. Similarly 1400 students of Noonkhawa Union of Nageshwari Upozilla of Kurigram District from all 5 High Schools, 1 Madrasa and 3 Elementary schools received education packages.

  • Video link of Education Material distribution in Kurigram
  • Video link of Education Material distribution in Dinajpur
  • Photo Gallery of Education Material Distribution

  • Elevation of Tube Well Base and Platform Construction

    During flood many tube wells in Noonkhawa Union of Nageshwari Upozilla, Kuriram district got submerged under flood water and became useless. SpaandanB selected 60 of these tube wells and elevated them from ground and constructed platforms around them. Now they will continue to provide fresh water even during any future flood.

  • Video link of Tube Well elevation in Kurigram 1
  • Video link of Tube Well elevation in Kurigram 2
  • Video link of Tube Well elevation in Kurigram 3
  • Photo Gallery of Tube Well Base Elevation
  • List and signature of the recipients

  • Sanitary Latrine Equipment Distribution

    60 families in 9 Wards of Noonkhawa Union of Nageshwari Upozilla, Kurigram District received materials for construction of sanitary latrine. Each family received 5 concrete rings, 1 concrete slab with pan and 1 corrugated tin for roof. Each family constructed a wall surrounding the latrine on their own.

  • Video link of Sanitary Latrine Distribution in Kurigram 1
  • Video link of Sanitary Latrine Distribution in Kurigram 2
  • Video link of Sanitary Latrine Distribution in Kurigram 3
  • Video link of Sanitary Latrine Distribution in Kurigram 4
  • Photo Gallery of Sanitary Latrine Distribution
  • List and signature of the recipients

  • Vegetable and Crop Seed Distribution

    325 families in Kurigam received Mustard crop seed. This helped them regrow their crops as soon as the flood watered receded. Also 500 families in Naogaon and 500 families in Ronhpur received vebegatbel seed packages. Each package contained seeds of "Red Spinach, Mula, Palong, Pui, Kolmi, Lau, cucumber and Gourd". The Hunger Project Bangladesh helped us distribute the vegetable seeds.

  • Video link of Mustard Seed Distribution
  • Photo Gallery of Seed Distribution

  • Update October 02, 2017:

    Based on the survey report and feedback from Advisors, SpaandanB has finalized the list of beneficiaries and the type and quantity of services. The following table summarizes the current plan -

    We are in the procurement phase right now and on target to complete the project by end of October. Soon we will share project photos, videos and more. Stay tuned.

    Update September 23, 2017:

    SpaandanB volunteers have completed the preliminary survey of the families affected by the flood. We surveyed 1312 families in two districts (Dinajpur 817 and Kurigram 495) and determined their highest priority needs. Most of these families have faced extensive damages to their homes and are in dire need of roofing material like Corrugated Tin. In Dinajpur district we are considering to select 550 families based on their income level and land ownership to receive roofing materials (10-12 sheets of Tin). We are also planning to distribute educational material packages (10 exercise books, 6 pens, 6 pencils, 2 erasers, 2 sharpeners) to 250 students.

    In Kurigram we are planning to distribute vegetable seeds with fertilizers to 400 families. We will distribute educational materials packages to 400 students. Besides these, we are also including about 1000 families in Naogaon and Rangpur districts to receive seed packages.

    SpaandanB is leveraging the extensive volunteer network of Badhan and Hunger Project Bangladesh to carry out the survey, implementation and monitoring process.

    We are planning to complete the implementation by mid-October. We will keep you posted with the progress.

    Original Appeal

    Millions of people in Bangladesh are affected by the ravaging monsoon flood. More than one third of the country is under water and causing havoc on human lives. Most of the rivers are flowing very close to the levels set in 1988 - the deadliest flood experienced by the country in recent history. This is quickly turning into one of the most harrowing humanitarian disasters Bangladesh has faced. People need immediate support to survive and also need rehabilitation support to get back on their feet. We are urging all of you to step forward and help Bangladesh fight this flood.

    SpaandanB has prepared a team to provide support to the affected farmers in the northern part of Bangladesh (Rangpur and Dinajur) where the extent of the flood damage is the most severe. Most of their cultivated paddy fields are under water and crops are rotting. Once the water subsides, they need to quickly replant the land using local paddy or vegetable seedlings. We will provide them with this support so that they can quickly get back on their feet.

    We are urging all our donors and supporters to step forward and donate for this worthy cause. Your help can make a world of difference!

    How Can You Help :

    You can donate online using your PayPal account or Credit Card
    You can mail a check payable to SpaandanB at -
    SpaandanB, P.O. Box 64183, Sunnyvale, CA 94088 U.S.A.
    write "Flood 2017" in the memo section

    In Bangladesh :

    If you want to donate in Bangladesh, you can send your donation to -
    United Commercial Bank Limited, Mohammadpur Branch, 14/12 Block, A, Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka
    Account No: CA 0050-111-00023401

    or you can contact SpaandanB officials at
    Masih-ur Rahman, Country Director, 880-1713385398
    Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed, Deputy Country Director, 880-1711824701
    Mostafizur Rahman, Project Co-ordinator, 880-1713036360

    The following picture shows the current inundation map of bangladesh (source:
    For latest status please visit Latest Map

    Due to the time critical nature of this project, SpaandanB Bangladesh Office has already started the procurement using its own funds. The collection from your kind donation will replenish that fund in due time.