The needs in Bhandaria

Even though 85% of children aged 10 and younger are enrolled in school, education is not a top priority in Bhandaria. 40% of students eventually drop out of primary school. Teachers do not have adequate training and the schools lack basic resources, such as benches and books.
Poverty directly impacts enrolment. 25% of children are engaged in child labour to contribute towards their family's income. Half of all children do not continue beyond primary school because their family cannot afford the costs.

Health Care
Childhood illness and mortality are high in Bhandaria, both of which are often the result of malnutrition. Some children face health struggles before they are even born. Pregnant women lack access to pre- and postnatal services, and deliveries are commonly performed in unhygienic conditions.

Malnutrition affects large numbers of children and women. Food is scarce during the rainy season, with only 5% of families having sufficient food year round. Most families diets are inadequate, lacking fruit, vegetables, and protein.

Water and Sanitation
For many families, water is a source of disease and illness. Most get their drinking water from rivers, ponds, and other contaminated surface sources. 60% of families lack access to sanitary latrines, which complicates hygiene practices. Wells also pose a health risk to families, as more than one third are contaminated by arsenic.

Economic Development
Agriculture is the primary source of income in the community, but due to outdated farming practices and natural disasters, many families experience low production. Farm yields are impacted by the soil's high salt levels and lack of nutrients, waterlogging, and environmental degradation. Low crop yields and high food prices due to shortages continue to deepen the cycle of poverty for many families.
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Bhandaria'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 Bhandaria (pronounced Ban-da-riya) community is located just over 300 km south of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The community sits in a low-lying coastal area on the banks of the Kocha River. It is surrounded by many tributaries and canals.

Most people support their families through agriculture, but the area is vulnerable to high tidal surges, water salinity, and cyclones. This causes frequent food shortages, to the extent that, during the rainy season, most families survive on one meal a day. Flooding occurs annually, contaminating water supplies, destroying crops, infrastructure, and personal property, and costing people their lives.
  • 240 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 60 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 12 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 2,500 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 280 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 300 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 725 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies     
  • 5 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 1,260 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 995 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 35 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 44 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 648 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 250 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 1,336 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 9 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 99 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 386 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy                 

Explore Bhandaria

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

Bhandaria,  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.