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 Monju, Mirpur Area Program Manager

Clean streets a source of pride

According to scientists and officials, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world due to climate change and rising sea levels. Extreme climate events have contributed to the displacement of millions of people.

In 1972, around 200 households were forced to migrate to the capital Dhaka from Bhola, a southern coastal district of Bangladesh, due to one of the deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded.

These rural migrants took up residence at slums in Mirpur. Over time, the slums grew in size as more displaced groups came to join them, and in the 1990s the area became known as the Bhola slum.

Over time, the conditions in the Bhola slum worsened. This congested area was dark and dangerous due to overpopulation and lack of infrastructure. Busy roads, overcrowded land and treacherous open drains running alongside every street led to waterborne diseases becoming chronic amongst children.

Since then, World Vision has come together with government bodies and other NGOs to begin to overcome these hazardous conditions. Construction of roads was the first priority for the community. Drains were cleaned and covered and the road was completed.

Since construction of the roads and the installation of proper drainage systems, no houses have been affected by waterlogging in the rainy season. The roads are a source of pride, and the residents of Bhola regularly clean them.

The spread of waterborne diseases has reduced and children are in better health overall.

This project was just the beginning in Mirpur. We at World Vision, along with our partners in the region, intend to continue to make impacting changes in this community with your support.

Together we’re making a difference. 

Monju Maria Palma
Mirpur Area Program Manager

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