Helping children in Surabaya raise their voices
This project in Indonesia’s second-largest city focused on working with children’s groups to support their ability to express their opinions and contribute to the development of their community. Children identified a number of key priorities that they saw to make their community more child friendly – including a clean environment, parental support for their education and that children needed to be safe from abuse. Through the project, World Vision facilitated a range of opportunities for children to advocate for their priorities and built up children’s groups as spaces for children to learn and develop life skills.
Empowering Cambodian communities to claim their land rights
Cambodia’s complex history of land ownership laws has left vulnerable communities living in informal settlements at risk of forced eviction from their homes. World Vision’s work around the capital city Phnomh Penh has focused on increasing community awareness and understanding of their land rights, and strengthening their capacity to advocate for those rights. In the duration of the project, over 50% of communities that World Vision has targeted have progressed secure land tenure in their current location. Other communities that have not progressed towards formal land recognition have still been able to prevent eviction. Communities have even been successful in getting government funding for roads and other essential services.
Addressing water, sanitation and solid waste in Bangladesh’s urban slums
About four million people live in slums in Dhaka – that’s equivalent to the entire population of Melbourne. To improve the health and livelihoods of Dhaka’s urban poor, World Vision has been working in partnership with communities, the Dhaka Water and Sanitation Authority, the Dhaka North City Corporation and Habitat for Humanity to bring safe and improved water, sanitation and waste services to vulnerable families. As a result of the project there are now water supply systems providing piped water, sustainable and popular sanitation systems for children, women and families, and waste collection points leading to a clean and hygienic community. Schools and community WASH clubs provide education about good hygiene practices, leading to new handwashing behaviours that are helping to reduce waterborne disease threats.