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Trinamul Unnayan Sangstha(TUS) was established in 1997 by a group of dedicated social activists, with a vision of establishing “a society based on the values of justice, equity and freedom, where disadvantaged and marginalized people have full and effective participation in all stages of the development process”. From the beginning TUS have aimed to empower grassroots communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), so they can take action on the social and economic challenges they face.

To achieve the vision, TUS have taken the mission, “To build up the capacity of grassroots communities, especially the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of people in the CHT, towards improving their livelihoods and addressing other socio-economic development issues in a participatory approach”.

Since the establishment, we have led the mission successfully more than 18 years as a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization. We are now one of the leading local NGOs in Chittagong Hill Tracts, and experienced in undertaking a range of short and long-term programs or projects on areas of resilient Livelihoods, Natural Resource Management, Traditional Knowledge, Climate Change, Environment, Community health care, Water and Sanitation, Good governance, Education, citizen services and access to information issues.

Our Strategic Areas

Our work is currently focused in four key strategic areas:

Natural Resource Management, Climate change and Environment:

Destruction of the environment has serious implications for people’s lives and livelihoods, including their ability to earn incomes, and grow sufficient food for themselves and their families. We work together with communities, encouraging sustainable natural resources management practices, promoting traditional village common forest or mouza forest systems, helping them to protect their Natural Resources Management systems and environment, and improve their futures.

A beneficiary is busy with bio-gas plant.

A beneficiary is busy with bio-gas plant.


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Good Governance, Campaign and Networking:

Historically, communities in the CHT have had limited access to government services, and little participation in the organizations making decisions that affect their lives. However, we believe that sustainable development cannot be achieved without communities’ participation in decision-making processes, and work to build links between communities and local government, and promote good governance and skilled leadership at community levels.

An empowering citizens dialogue

An empowering citizens dialogue


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Resilient Livelihoods:

The majority of people in the CHT lives in poverty, and find it difficult to earn enough income to support themselves and their families. We support communities to develop and diversify their resilient livelihoods activities, so they can increase and secure their incomes, and improve their quality of life. 

A Chakma girl is busy with traditional hand loom.

A Chakma girl is busy with traditional hand loom.


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Health, Water and Sanitation:

Throughout the CHT, many communities do not have access to safe health, water and sanitation facilities. We provide new technologies and community health facilities, working to prevent common diseases, and eradicate the health problems brought by unclean drinking water and poor sanitation.  We also raise awareness of heath and hygiene issues, mobilizing communities to change their behavior, and improve their health. 

A awareness session on hand washing practices

A awareness session on hand washing practices


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