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.
Child Protection
  • 2 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 278 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 29 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 7 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 850 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety

  • 206 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 80 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes

  • 120 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 320 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 74 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Bhandaria

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 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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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.