On the dumpsites in Dhaka children have few chances in life. At particular risk from accidents and illness they are also denied access to an education, care and even a happy childhood. But this project will transform the lives of 80 children and their families. We will establish and run a day care centre for 30 young children and a non formal school for 50 children. Here they will be able to learn and play in a safe environment and enjoy a nutritious mid-day meal and health facilities.
Poverty in rural areas of Bangladesh pushes many families to migrate to the capital city of Dhaka in search of work and a better future. Struggling to find work they are often forced to eke out a living sorting items for recycling on the city's rubbish dumps. They work 12 hours a day just to earn $1-1.50. It is very dangerous work and children are particularly at risk in this hazardous environment. But parents have no other choice but to bring them, exposing them to accidents and sickness.
On the dumpsite the children have few opportunities. But our project, the only one of its kind on Matual rubbish dump will enable children to have a safe place they can learn and play, have a nutritious meal and access healthcare giving them the better start in life, vital for their future development. In addition it will enable mother's to go to work with out mental anxiety knowing their children are safe and being looked after.
This project will not only meet the immediate needs of the children through the provision of somewhere safe to stay while their parents work and access to food and healthcare. But it will also help transform their futures; with access to education and a better start in life they will be able to break the cycle of poverty that brought their families to the rubbish dump.