Shribordi'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: 2016

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.
  • 3,148 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 3,000 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 20 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 300 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 110 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 10 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 2,712 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms.
  • 10 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 100 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 250 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 1,200 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 200 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 20 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 417 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 417 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 512 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases.
  • 750 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika.
  • 512 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 2,292 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 200 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 1,251 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
  • 1 community group is teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.
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.

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.