Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Bangladesh

May 24, 2011

Update: Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

Children's Hygiene Awareness Session

Project Overview

The Water and Sanitation initiative aims to directly improve access to improved sanitation, better hygiene and safe water services on a sustainable basis for 1000 households (5,000 marginalized slum dwellers) of Kalshi Balur Math and Kurmitola Relief Camp slum of the Mirpur area of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The overarching goal contributes towards achieving Millennium Development Goals #1 and #7, by reducing poverty in the peri-urban setting of Dhaka and by halving the proportion of Bangladeshis without access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.

This project emphasizes installation of water points and hygienic latrines, as well as hygiene awareness sessions.


Recent Project Activities and Results 

Installation of water points and sanitary latrines: Infrastructure construction has begun, with a thorough cleaning effort at the point of construction, and removal of unhygiencic latrines. While construction is underway, the water connection will be ensured legally from teh Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (DWASA). The construction work is being managed and implemented by the community, through the formation of a Community-Based Organization (CBO). The CBO is now in full command of the construction efforts, and an agreement has been signed between CARE Bangladesh and the CBO.

Video documentation: CARE Bangladesh has filmed a video to give a sense of "before" and "after" efforts in the community.

CBO Capacity Building: CARE has worked with the CBOs to outline WASH objectives and ensure sustainable management of water sanitation facilities. (All water and sanitation services provided to participation will be ensured by the CBOs. Four trainings have been conducted for CBOs, with 130 participants participating.


Successes and Challenges

 Key Results:

  • Hygiene sessions have been conducted for different groups (children, adolescents, etc.) successfully.
  • Adolescent girls are more open to share their problems, not only related to water/sanitation, but also the social problems they face on a daily basis.
  • 108 children now know about handwashing and its importance.

Lessons Learned: 

  • The adolescent girls have a platform through the hygiene promotion activities where they can share their problems, get solutions and express their goals. They are motivated and involved, and have taken ownership of their group.
  • Community people are aware about the importance of safe drinking water and sanitary latrines; however, the lack of physical facilities has hampered a full-scale change in behavior.


Next Steps

  • Construction of 2 water points, 4 community latrines and 2 main drains will be completed.
  • The legal contract with the DHAKA WASA will be completed. 
  • Hygiene promotion sessions with rest of the community people will be completed.
  • CARE Bangladesh will share with other relevant stakeholders the significance of support from ABC News and its viewers.
  • A documentary on the slums will be completed.

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information


Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Melanie Minzes
Washington, DC United States

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by CARE that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.