Rangpur's Community News

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

Rangpur is an urban community home to almost 70,000 people. Seasonal sicknesses such as fever, colds, and diarrhea are common and weaken children's health. Children can't attend school regularly because of extreme weather, including freezing cold, pouring rains, and severe heat. When it's hot, children can't concentrate or stay indoors for long, which negatively impacts their learning. Winters aren't any easier since many lack warm clothes.

In cooler months, parents cannot work outdoors, affecting their ability to earn and provide for their families. When parents are unemployed, children experience pressure to work and some get jobs in the tobacco industry to support their families.

Most of the community's decisions are made by men. Although women are learning about their rights and trying to establish themselves, it is difficult for them to take on leadership roles. Those who can earn income by tailoring, making small crafts, and starting their own small businesses.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 11 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 19,059 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 200 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 32 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families

  • 153 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 208 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 317 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 81 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

  • 114 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income.
  • 171 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 171 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 50 cows were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 57 ducks were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 64 chickens were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income

  • 11 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
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:
  • Establish early childhood care and development programs.
  • Create child-friendly learning environments in local schools.
  • Improve general access to quality education for boys and girls.
  • Equip teachers with improved training in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve families access to essential health services to make sure children are healthy and well nourished.
  • Improve the nutrition status of mothers and children under the age of five.
  • Provide proper care and nutritious foods to severely malnourished infants and toddlers.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Grow youth leadership and increase children's rights awareness through community children's groups.
  • Promote the enforcement of children's rights among parents, caregivers, and community leaders.
  • Establish a community-based monitoring system to ensure children are protected and have their rights respected.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with local institutions, including churches, government, and community groups, to help enforce child protection and strengthen advocacy.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Improve families access to latrines and promote good hygiene and sanitation practices at home and in the community.