Shribordi's Community News

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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 rural community of Shribordi (pronounced shree-bor-dee) is located about 176 kilometres north of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital city. The area's geography ranges from jungle in the north to marshlands in the south. It's densely populated, with people often living in houses made of bamboo, straw, and metal sheeting. Many areas of the community experience major flooding in the monsoon or rainy season, which lasts from June to October. Flooding destroys homes and crops, making it difficult for parents to sustain their livelihoods and provide for their children.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Improve children's access to school fees and books.
  • Facilitate training for teachers, and establish and train school management committees.
  • Raise awareness among parents and community members about the importance of education for boys and girls.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve existing health centres with better resources and equipment.

In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet, especially for children.
  • Train farmers in improved production techniques to help them feed their families.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Establish more clean water sources.
  • Raise awareness among community members about hygiene and sanitation.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Shribordi can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase families economic security and self-sustainability.
  • Help farmers increase their marketable agricultural yield through irrigation and training.
  • Improve farmers access to new and better markets.
  • Provide community members with training in income-generating activities.
  • 155  community members took part in an advocacy group, monitoring boys and girls in their local community and taking action to improve their well-being.
  • 60  child safety reporting and response processes are in place at schools and health clinics, so children and adults can report child protection issues.
  • 1 meeting with national leaders about protecting children was led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
Child Protection
  • 484  children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 30  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 60  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 5  advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 53  child protection groups were organised by community development committees, enabling the community to monitor children's safety, growth and well-being.
  • 1 Citizen Voice in Action group was established in school to improve education
  • 375 parents of children ages 6-11 years old completed a parenting course
  • 15  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 329  parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
  • 29  education officials were trained to supervise and support teachers to teach literacy, helping improve lessons in reading and writing.
  • 17  literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 15  local books were distributed to reading camps, giving children more resources to learn about their own language and culture.
  • 43 entrepreneurs received embedded services
  • 50  women and men learned how to operate a business, providing them with skills to be an entrepreneur and earn an income to better support their children.
  • 130  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 100  women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 400  farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 262  farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 1 policy change initiative was undertaken at the national level
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Shribordi

current conditions

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

The needs in Shribordi

The literacy rate in Shribordi is just 18%, well below the national average. Parents are sometimes reluctant to send children to school due to the long distances they have to walk to classes. There is a lack of leadership in schools from parents, teachers, and administrators, which negatively impacts the quality of education children do receive.

Dropout rates are very high, mainly because many parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Children are needed to help in the fields, or care for younger siblings and do domestic work at home so that their mothers can work in the fields. In addition, early marriage for girls is common, which forces them to leave school.

Health Care
Health services in Shribordi are inadequate to meet the needs of the community. Children do not always get the care that they require. Health care facilities are scarce, and often lack medicines and equipment, and health care personnel are often undertrained.

Many children are not immunized against common childhood diseases, such as measles, tuberculosis, and polio. Poor nutrition also threatens children, as it weakens their immune systems and makes them more vulnerable to illness.

For most of the year, only 50% of families in Shribordi have an adequate amount of food for every family member. Diets are not diverse and consist mainly of rice, which means that many children suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

Water and Sanitation
While most people have access to water from tube wells, the quality of drinking water is still unsafe. Water from sources like ponds is also unsafe, and waterborne diseases like diarrhea continue to threaten children's lives. Flooding during monsoon season increases the risk of disease, leaving vulnerable children even more susceptible to illness.

Economic Development
In this remote area, there are few job opportunities for unskilled labour. Shribordi is primarily an agricultural region, yet very few families actually own their fields, which jeopardizes their income security. Farmers lack training in modern technology and there is inadequate irrigation. It is also difficult for farmers to market their crops.

Natural disasters also make it hard to earn a living in agriculture. Flash flooding damages crops, roads, and bridges, and wild animals like elephants rampage through fields, destroying crops.

As a result, even though the area has fertile soil, the majority of people are very poor, with an average monthly income as low as USD$17. People often borrow against the next season's crop just to feed their families, increasing their family debt and creating a dependency cycle that is difficult to break.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Shribordi,  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.