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.

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.