Bangladesh: Tahirpur

Tahirpur'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: 2017

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.

  • Young people are building leadership skills and working to help others. The 180 children received leadership training, learned how to speak out on behalf of others, and to prevent child labor, child marriage and violence against children. These children helped to increase community leaders' awareness of their rights.
  • More boys and girls understand their rights. A total of 33 village development committees worked to increase young people's awareness of their rights.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Girls and boys enjoy better nutrition. Since 630 mothers learned how to prepare balanced meals, 900 children are gaining weight and are stronger.
  • Children have improved protection from diseases. Some 1,500 children learned hygiene skills, like how to use latrines and wash their hands.

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.

  • More children are attending school. After 600 community members learned about children's right to an education, fewer girls and boys are dropping out of school.

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.

  • Children are better protected in their communities. After 3 children's forums were set up, the community's awareness about their rights improved. As a result, violence against children and school dropouts have all decreased. Parents also received training on how to positively discipline their children.

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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current conditions

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The needs in Tahirpur, Bangladesh

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World Vision is privileged to offer sponsorship in many communities where the majority of the families we serve are not Christian. When working in these communities, we not only abide by local laws and customs but also strive to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.
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Tahirpur is a SENSITIVE AREA

In the Tahirpur community, the greatest hurdle to better health for children and adults is a lack of knowledge. Sadly, children under 5 and mothers suffer the most. The staff at healthcare facilities are insufficiently trained, especially to care for children and pregnant women. As a result, the mortality rate of these two groups is higher in the Tahirpur community than in other parts of Bangladesh. In general, community members are uneducated about their health needs, safe hygiene and water use, and proper feeding practices for children, leaving them vulnerable to diseases. Unemployment is a significant challenge in Tahirpur, especially in rural areas that have limited access to markets, social services, and job opportunities. Manual labor is the main option, drawing people to nearby cities for several months at a time. People engaged only in seasonal work or who have physical disabilities do not earn enough money to provide their families with food, clothes, healthcare, or an education. Among poor families, parents often prioritize earning money over education. Money enables them to meet pressing needs, but education does not. Children as young as 8 drop out of school to support their families, typically doing day labor jobs—pulling rickshaws, fishing, farming, working in a stone quarry, or being a household servant. Some of them wander the streets with friends, turning to crime or drugs as a way to numb the sense of hopelessness about the future. Parents often are too consumed with their own problems to recognize their children’s value and to nurture their God-given potential.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 6 years.
Tahirpur, Bangladesh is in Phase 2

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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