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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year.

The Barisal community is home to more than 100,000 people. Often flooded by rivers during the rainy season, community members struggle with temperature change and frequent natural disasters, such as cyclones. Most families depend on rain-fed farming for food and income. When harvests are small, food supplies run out, and families go hungry. Parents often move to larger cities to find jobs, while their children work in the fields or as maids.

Landless families often don't have access to sufficient food, clothing, health care, or education, which makes them very vulnerable. In urban areas, youth are unemployed and children aren't enrolled in school. Many are homeless, have few chances for future employment, and are at risk of being trafficked, forced into early marriage, or swayed into a life of crime.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to: Increase students access to schools.
  • Improve the quality of education for primary school students.
  • Ensure toddlers have opportunities to acquire basic learning skills and that they are prepared for school.
  • Improve the learning environment within schools to help increase enrolment.
  • Promote the importance of education among community leaders, parents, and caregivers.
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve health and nutrition for children under the age of five, as well as new and expecting mothers.
  • Restore health to malnourished infants and toddlers with appropriate nutrition and feeding practices.
  • Educate mothers on how to prevent future malnutrition.
Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Create a functioning community forum where children can discuss key issues and ideas about children's rights and protection.
  • Promote children's rights among parents, caregivers, and community leaders.
  • Monitor children to ensure they are protected and to reduce risks and disasters.
  • Help parents in extreme poverty prioritize their families basic needs.
Water and Sanitation
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Establish improved water and sanitation systems and promote proper hygiene practices.
  • 1  meeting with national leaders about protecting children was led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
  • 12  child safety reporting and response processes are in place at schools and health clinics, so children and adults can report child protection issues.
  • 50  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
  • 12  child protection groups were organised by community development committees, enabling the community to monitor children's safety, growth and well-being.
  • 1 advocacy initiative about child safety and protection was led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 1 child protection meeting and advocacy initiative was led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 150 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 245 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 219  farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 50  farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 173  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 169 households received non-farm assets
  • 28 youth completed vocational and technical skills training
  • 23 youth earned apprenticeships and job placements
  • 50 youth participated in events like consultations, workshops, job fairs and market exchanges for employment development
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with other World Vision offices.

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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 Barisal

Less than half of children from rural areas of the community are enrolled in school. Many families cannot afford the fees or supplies, and parents tend to see more value in having children work than in their getting an education. This has led to a growing dropout rate. Girls in particular are at risk of leaving school, often because their parents believe there is greater security for them in marriage.

Schools lack organization, qualified teachers, and sufficient learning materials. The community has not created preschools or primary schools, and young students do not have opportunities to practice their reading, writing, and numeracy skills. In general, the quality of education children receive, if any, is very poor.

Health Care
More than half of children under the age of five in Barisal are malnourished, and the community is struggling to lower the child mortality rate. Parents often aren't able to buy enough food and medicine for their children, and they lack information on proper health care and nutrition practices. Teen mothers, many of whom married young, usually have children with low birth weight because they themselves are malnourished.

There are few health services available in Barisal, and families know little about those in existence. Health centres cannot buy equipment or improve their facilities, and many more trained doctors are needed.

Child Protection
In Barisal, children have no voice, even when it comes to issues that affect them. Parents in the community aren't aware of what rights children should have. Local children's groups have yet to create opportunities for children to participate in community planning and develop their leadership skills. In addition, there are few places for children to play safely.

Deeply rooted traditions often discriminate against children, and girls in particular, who are at risk of harmful practices such as early marriage, sexual abuse, and trafficking. Children whose parents are illiterate will often leave school to work and support household income.

Water and Sanitation
Diarrhea is a significant recurring illness among children, which is the result of limited access to clean, safe drinking water and latrines. Community members don't have information on how to improve their hygiene practices.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Barisal,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.