Bhandaria

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

Education
  • 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

Livelihood
  • 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