Why is clean water important?
In Bangladesh, there is a proverb about water: “The other name for water is life.”
Habitat Bangladesh’s focus on water and sanitation meant building three new deep-tube wells, each with a raised base and safe water collection points, constructed a lockable bath house to provide privacy for women and girls. A community committee on water, sanitation and hygiene was formed, and members were trained on management and finances.
Working with families, Habitat Bangladeshalso built 127 sanitary latrines housed in brick sub-structures with raised bases in order to keep the flooring above flood level. Each latrine included a rainwater harvesting and reservoir system for handwashing. And 300 adults and 150 children got comprehensive training on water, sanitation and hygiene.All of community people, from children to the elderly, now live healthier lives. Rates of illnesses due to waterborne diseases have dropped dramatically. People now spend less money on health care and more on home improvements.
A young heart with hope
Mohammed Selim Miah is a strong, tall and enthusiastic boy of sixteen. Known as Selim, he has a glow of youthfulness in his face. However, he hides a difficult past. He has endured hardship, loss of a parent, and poverty
Selim’s father died young from an unknown illness twelve years ago. Since that time, his mother and younger brother Mohammed Barek have been living at his grandfather’s house in a distant village called Maguntinagar. There his mother works as a day laborer.
Away from his mother, Selim has been living on his father’s land in the village of Raniyat with his grandmother Mossammed Hawshi Begum for the past nine years. He has grown up here, and he studied at the local school. His mother’s work paid for his tuition fees. When he was not in school, Selim worked as a household servant to help support his family.