Save the Children USA (SC) was awarded a Title II Development Assistance Program that promotes food security in three highly vulnerable southern coastal districts of Barisal, Bhola and Patuakhali. This program is entitled Jibon o Jibika (JoJ)4 and is being implemented in Bangladesh in collaboration with Helen Keller International, the NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, the Cyclone Preparedness Programme of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and 14 local NGO partners. The program implements activities in 13 upazilas of these districts.
The JoJ program has targeted a total population of over 2,600,000 individuals, with a specific focus on 180,000 children under two years of age and over 72,000 pregnant women. The JoJ program seeks to reduce high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition with the stated goal of decreased household food insecurity in three districts of Bangladesh's Barisal division. The program is based on three interrelated strategic objectives (SOs) serving vulnerable households in the target area, especially those households with children under the age of two years.