The needs in Jhinaighati

40% of the children in Jhinaighati have never had the opportunity to attend school. Many parents do not recognize the importance of an education for their children. This is especially true for girls, many of whom are forced to drop out of school and marry young, while others go to work to help support their families.

Most parents have not had the opportunity to learn how to grow and prepare the most nutritious food for their children. Children are often malnourished, and many are underweight because of their poor diet. 87% of the families in this area experience food shortages for most of the year.
Farmers do not have access to tools, hardy seeds, fertilizers, or pesticides that could help their crops thrive. Soil erosion is a problem in this area, as traditional farming methods here do not preserve the land. There are no dependable irrigation sources. People are uninformed about caring for livestock. Few animals have received vaccinations and veterinary care is limited, which means livestock are often sick.

Child Protection
Children in Jhinaighati are often required to work to help provide for their families. Unable to attend school, these children work long hours for little pay, pulling rickshaws, working in garages and hotels, or helping on buses or in workshops.

Water and Sanitation
The Jhinaighati community has inefficient sewer systems and poor sanitation conditions. Very few families have latrines with proper drainage, and 17% of households have no access to any latrine at all. This has led to a high rate of preventable waterborne diseases in the community. A lack of safe, clean water increases the incidence of diarrhea, which is a cause of child mortality in the area.

Economic Development
There are very few opportunities for families to learn new skills, increase their household income, and provide better lives for their children.
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Jhinaighati'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: 

The Jhinaighati community is located in a rural area about 200 km north of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Although Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the greatest number of its citizens live in rural areas like Jhinaighati. Powerful monsoons hit the area annually from May to October, often causing severe flooding, crop damage, and casualties. Most families in this community live well below the poverty line.
  • 1,000 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1,210 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 18 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 10 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment 
  • 200 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 3,950 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 5,994 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 4,855 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 700 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 600 children were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 870 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 250 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 500 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 200 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 570 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 35 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation         
  • 4,794 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               

Explore Jhinaighati

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Jhinaighati,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.