Raising their voices for change

1,005 households in Mirpur now have access to safe water. Community representatives participated in a World Vision initiative called Citizen Voice and Action which has empowered them to lobby local government authorities to provide access to water and sanitation services.
Child protection

Creating a child-friendly environment in Dhaka city

Residents of slums like Mirpur lack resources and services necessary to meet their everyday needs like water, sanitation and basic healthcare facilities. Mirpur’s most vulnerable – the sick and children – are often the worst affected by this healthcare black hole.

To help them, World Vision has been identifying malnourished children and referring them to near by health centres and hospitals, as well as monitoring their improvement.

We’ve also trained 1,193 people in child rights and protection, and helped 4,506 community members to complete birth registration.

Your generosity has helped with staffing eight service providers which support vulnerable families and children, and supported 10 child protection and advocacy groups.


Improving community health

Mothers and caregivers are now aware of symptoms of severe diarrhoea and know how to seek early medical attention, particularly for young children. Additionally, their knowledge of safe water sources and appropriate hand-washing habits allows them to transfer their knowledge to others in the community. It's helping to reduce the likelihood of diseases spreading.

Community caregivers have also been trained on maternal health, child nutrition, dental health and hygiene in 10 target villages.

These activities have helped stimulate local demand for better sanitation and hygiene. They've also empowered communities to take control of their own sanitation facilities and hygiene behaviours.


Promoting child rights

One of the key program goals for Mirpur was to ensure children in Dhaka city’s slums are cared for and enjoy their rights within family and community. Mirpur has taken some effective interventions to ensure care and protection of its children.

Around 100 child leaders from nine slum areas participated in various programs to raise their voices in favour of child protection and their wellbeing.

A Child Protection and Advocacy Group has established a high quality monitoring mechanism to promote the wellbeing of 4,500 registered children in nine slums.

Village Education Development Committees have also been trained in 10 villages. The education project has empowered these Village Education Development Committees to promote child rights.

Today, 60 percent of parents and caregivers feel their community is a safe place for children. 


Hear from Joanna, Mirpur Area Program Manager

Hi dear friends!

It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you and introduce myself. I am Joanna D' Rozario and I became the Mirpur Area Program Manager in October 2018.

I would like to share some significant achievements of the program with you.

We have significantly focused on reducing malnutrition among pregnant mothers and children aged under five. A good number of mothers and caregivers have improved knowledge on nutrition and food habits. A number of women in the community have been trained as Community Promoters. They are monitoring the progress of malnourished children. 

We are also building the capacity of youth participating in Child Forums in areas including leadership, communication and child journalism. As a result, they are now more capable and strong enough to advocate for their rights and to challenge unjust conditions like child marriage, child abuse and exploitation. 

Community members have formed 13 Urban Neighbourhood Development Committees to lead initiatives focused on child wellbeing, women and youth empowerment, advocacy for basic services and to ensure active community participation and representation at all levels. 

The program is promoting community-led monitoring whereby local people are taking action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in their neighbourhoods. Gradually, the people themselves will be playing an increasingly significant role in decision making regarding the development programs and activities in their areas.

We are very grateful to you for being a part of our development journey and continuing your kind concern and generous support for the most vulnerable children and families. 

Joanna D’ Rozario 

Mirpur Area Program Manager                                                 

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