Bangladesh: Kamalapur II

Kamalapur II's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2018

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children and adults participate in activities to help them know and protect children's rights. Through drama, games and presentations, 13,923 children and community members learned about children's rights. Also, child protection groups monitor children's safety to reduce drop-out, child marriage and labor rates.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Children can eat healthier food and overcome malnutrition because parents learn vital nutrition skills. Health and growth monitoring of 600 children raised mothers' nutrition awareness. As a result, more mothers are exclusively breastfeeding babies and preparing healthy foods to rehabilitate malnourished children.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Youth received essential career training to help them be better prepared for employment. Young people learned cosmetology, tailoring and computer-related trades. Technical training and business literacy were also provided, preparing youth to be wage-earners and equipping them to support their households.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • In interfaith dialogues, nearly 100 faith leaders came together to learn about issues related to child protection and rights, including the dangers of child marriage, so everyone can work together to make their communities safer for children.
  • Children have the chance to strengthen relational bonds. Interfaith dialogue sessions equipped 150 children with good values and peace-building skills.
  • Boys and girls had the opportunity to show love and care by supporting vulnerable community members. Children collected and distributed clothes to 125 children in need.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.

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The needs in Kamalapur II, Bangladesh

Though still affected by widespread poverty, in 2018 Bangladesh moved off the U.N.’s list of Least Developed Countries for the first time. However, the capital, Dhaka, is still rated as the second-least livable city in the world. The country has seen growth in attitudes about education — a majority of Bangladeshi families want their kids to go to school instead of work, a positive shift in cultural norms. As well, government-run community health clinics are making healthcare accessible to thousands more families, contributing to overall improvements in health for families and decreasing infant and mother deaths. The hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims taking refuge in Bangladesh are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and human trafficking. The region’s resources to support them are becoming strained. And many Bangladeshi children and adults are also vulnerable to human trafficking and forced labor, a problem that’s not being sufficiently fought by authorities. Despite advocacy work to change this practice, the government passed a law in 2017 allowing children under 15 to get married for special circumstances. Thanks to the support of our donors, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children are gaining hope through sponsorship programs. Kids are learning to read better and getting skills for job readiness, so they can have brighter futures. They’re growing up healthier thanks to improvements in sanitation and training in good hygiene behaviors. And together with our partners, we reached hundreds of thousands of people affected by disasters or crisis, bringing them life-saving assistance like food and shelter.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 33 years.
Kamalapur II, Bangladesh is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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