Rangpur'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: 2016

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.
  • 1,453 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 53 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 7 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 140 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 50 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 30 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 705 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 1 club is in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 1,976 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases.
  • 627 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 230 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 140 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families.
  • 750 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation.
  • 2,963 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 40 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling.
  • 50 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 618 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children.
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.

Explore Rangpur

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 Rangpur

Over 80% of children between the ages of three and five aren't in school of any sort. By the age of seven, 70% of children are still not enrolled. This decreases students preparedness to enter formal education, which in turn results in lower grades. The education children do receive is often poor in quality, and schools lack of resources also contributes to the dropout rate. Literacy in Rangpur is below the municipal average.

More than one third of student who drop out leave school within their first year, with girls being at a particular disadvantage due to practices like early marriage. By the time students are preteens, many stop attending school altogether. Most dropouts are from the most disadvantaged families. Children leave school to take on jobs in poor working conditions, becoming vulnerable to crime and violence.

Health Care
Malnutrition in Rangpur is a vital issue. Reports show that 34.5% of children are underweight. There is little information shared with new and expecting mothers on proper nutrition. More than 70% of new mothers delivered their babies without the assistance of a skilled professional, resulting in the loss of some of the infants. The nearest health centre has neither a proper delivery room, nor enough health staff to meet the needs of patients.

Child Protection
The Rangpur community struggles to protect its vulnerable families and children. Most parents and community members don't know or understand children's rights, and social groups that should be working to enforce them are often inactive. The lack of birth registrations and the practice of physical punishment at home and in school put children at even greater risk.

Early marriage, especially for young girls, is common among families. Parents will often allow their daughters to get married to keep them safe from sexual harassment. Cultural gender issues are deeply rooted.

Water and Sanitation
Children and families do not have good training or experience in hygiene and sanitation. Over half of the population use unsanitary latrines, while 4% do not have access to latrines at all. As a result, children under the age of five often suffer from waterborne illnesses, such as diarrhea.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Rangpur,  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.