How have we made a difference so far?
We have helped 20 youth and social institutions in capacity building and have reached a total of 2000 youths directly from these institutions so far.
We ran social media campaigns on Youth Mental health, Suicide prevention, and videos on disability by and of youths. Each video reached over 26,000 viewers, cumulatively reaching over 100,000 youths, with both Bangladeshi and South Asian youth leaders from Sri Lanka and India.
Identity Inclusion participated in the BRAC Urban Innovation Challenge in 2016 and won a special mention award for being an innovative project that addresses a pressing need out of over 600 projects. The award was handed over to the team members by the late Mayor of Dhaka North city corporation, Anisul Huq in May 2017.
Our founder and lead consultant Shamsin Ahmed, was awarded under the category of Social Entrepreneurship in the International Youth Leadership Summit 2020 organized by Shwapno Youth Development Organization.
The Daily Star newspaper recognized and honored ten young change-makers of Bangladesh including our Founder Shamsin Ahmed for her outstanding work in the field of disability inclusion through Identity Inclusion in February 2017.
We provided training for select 25 members of Barguna Police Department on psychosocial skills. The training primarily focused on the process of providing frontline psycho-social support to victims of domestic violence.
We carried out a needs assessment of the LEEDO Peace home- a home for 50 rescued street children to understand their psychosocial situation. We then developed a training for their care takers to provide psychosocial support.
We have been providing intensive psycho-social support for 5 years to 10 persons, with schizophrenia, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism respectively, and their family members have been provided with referrals, advocacy and soft skills development. Our first clients has also been admitted in a school that will address their education and therapy needs.
How have we made a difference so far?
Our aim is to create an inclusive world where the youth of our country are psychologically healthy, support people with disabilities and their families and are also involved in changing institutions to be inclusive.
We continue to build capacity of the youth to be inclusive leaders with the technical knowledge to advocate changes in institutions. We successfully collaborate with other youth-led organizations in other countries to improve skills of the youth. Recognizing the importance of digital communication skills during this pandemic time when most of our work has become online, we partnered with Digital Story Telling an initiative of a Sri Lankan youth. Through this we aim to achieve SDG 17 which is global partnerships to achieve the SDGs. We rigorously use the SDG indicators to measure our progress.
We leverage our connections with mental health professionals and our social media to raise awareness on the Covid-19 pandemic effects on mental health of the youth. We circulate trusted evidence-based tools and techniques from sources such as WHO and the National Institute of Mental Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Our work has already been recognized nationally and internationally for the contribution in mental health, disability inclusion and the youth. With increasing suicides and domestic violence as an aftermath of the lockdowns took place we are continuously innovating ways to mitigate the situation. Our mental health social media campaigns reach thousands of youth as we circulate content made by the youths themselves. We are going to launch a male support group to address the mental health crisis that has led to domestic violence through males in Bangladesh.