Morelgonj'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 Morelgonj community is located in one of the most disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh. It is situated on a low plain and marshy coastal area, adjacent to the Sunderban mangrove swamp. Most families are Muslim and earn their living from paddy cultivation and selling fish. There are no large industries in the area and many men migrate during the rainy or "lean" season in search of jobs. The community is vulnerable to encroaching ocean salts, which affects both drinking water and land productivity, while poor sanitation increases the risk of waterborne diseases like dysentery and cholera.
Child Protection
  • 170 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 32 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 34 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 90 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 277 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 3 health facilities were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 373 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 5 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

  • 1 garden is in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 3,250 ducks were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 325 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 325 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 64 cows were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income

  • 1,200 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 234 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 6 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
  • 92 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train teachers and equip them with proper resources.
  • Provide life and skills training for at-risk youth.
  • Raise awareness of the dangers of child labour and gender bias, to ensure that children are more likely to stay in school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate community members about preventive health care.
  • Train traditional birth attendants so childbirth becomes safer.
  • Provide pre- and postnatal care and nutrition training to help mothers keep their young children healthy.

Community Leadership
In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Provide disaster training to improve household resilience against natural events.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Provide families with additional clean water sources.
  • Educate families in hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as water management.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Morelgonj can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train families in livestock and crop production.
  • Provide training in market negotiations to help farmers get more profit for their yield.
  • Provide training in carpentry and handicrafts to help boost family incomes.

Explore Morelgonj

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 Morelgonj

Despite starting school with high enthusiasm, most children cannot continue with their education. 90% of children enroll in primary school but only 12% complete high school. Schools lack enough classrooms, furniture, and supplies, and there is a lack of trained teachers.

Child labour is common due to families' economic needs. Students who drop out of school to work are likely to remain in the same economic position, as no technical or vocational training is available. Education is often given low priority by parents and elders, particularly for girls.

Health Care
Malnutrition, anemia, acute respiratory infections, and potentially deadly diarrheal diseases are common in Morelgonj. People are unaware of health practices and are unable to prevent or cure illnesses. Shortages of nutritious food and the lack of nutrition education affect pregnant and lactating mothers, and put children under the age of five at increased risk of disease.
Community Leadership

The ability of families to deal with development or disasters is limited by weak community organization and leadership. Cyclones and floods routinely damage crops and homes. There are few shelters, no early warning system, and no awareness of disaster management.

Water and Sanitation
Safe water is in short supply in Morelgonj. 64%of households drink pond water that is often contaminated with arsenic. Ponds dry up in the summer, however, and people lack resources to collect, purify, and store water. 65% of households have non-sanitary latrines, which further compounds the issue.

Economic Development
Most families rely on agriculture for their livelihood, but soil conditions and recurring natural disasters put this community at risk. Agricultural production is low due to lack of training and knowledge of modern technology, combined with salt contamination, land infertility, and soil degradation.

Unemployment in the area is high. Many people do not have work during the rainy season, meaning that for three months of the year families are forced to live with less food and fewer resources.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Morelgonj,  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.