Morelgonj'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 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.
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.
  • 200  community members took part in an advocacy group, monitoring boys and girls in their local community and taking action to improve their well-being.
Child Protection
  • 150  children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 1  advocacy initiative about child safety and protection was led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 20  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 34  child protection groups were organised by community development committees, enabling the community to monitor children's safety, growth and well-being.
  • 34  joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 22  men and women attended workshops to empower their faith communities, learning ways to tackle the root causes that make children vulnerable.
  • 38  faith leaders learned how to respond to issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, health or child safety, engaging them to improve children's lives.
  • 302 children received micro-nutrient supplements
  • 133 pregnant women received micronutrient supplements such as folic acid, helping them and their babies stay healthy.
  • 148 pregnant or lactating mothers consumed vegetables 
  • 293 children aged 6-59 months consumed vegetables 
  • 293 pregnant or lactating mothers consume vegetables 
  • 5 health facilities that met additional government standards were monitored through Citizen Voice in Action 
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 3  water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 1790   more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 831  people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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.