Dialogue shines light on pressing urban issues
More than 80 people from NGOs and government joined a workshop highlighting Bangladesh’s urban development issues.
The two-day ‘Urban Dialogue’, hosted by Habitat for Humanity on September 1 and 2, heard from experts on urban issues such as housing, gender, water, public utilities, climate change, health, education and disaster preparedness, among others.
NGOs including World Vision, UNICEF, and BRAC joined funding partners from AusAID and UKaid to share ideas, case studies and problem solving in urban spaces.
The powerpoint presentations are now available for download.
Harinadi village project update
A two-year project will help revitalise the Harinadi village in the Brahmanbaria district, about 100km north-east of Dhaka. Hygiene training, arsenic awareness, toilet improvements, and a healthier water supply will make for a healthier village. The project that started in January will see 160 toilets installed for 160 families, three toilets at the local school that will accommodate disabled students, 28 tube wells and extensive WaSH training. The community surrounds a pond (pictured) that villagers use for washing, drinking, bathing and which latrines empty into. The pond will be cleaned and excavated and a retaining wall installed. The activities are steered by a WaSH committee, made up of members of the community, who were chosen by the community. Members have already received specific capacity building training as well the WaSH training. Information, education and communication materials will be distributed to improve hygiene awareness and a community health assessment will be conducted at the end of the project to gauge the impact.
As of October, 50 sanitary latrines were constructed. The recipients included three households were headed up by women. Fourteen ‘ACT (Appropriate Construction Technology) and WaSH Training sessions were conducted for 225 people, among them 172 participants were female and 53 were male.
Three ‘WaSH Awareness Training’ sessions were organized for school teachers and committee members - 54 participants were female and 21 were male. Five ‘Health and Hygiene Training’ sessions were organized for school children. Among the 200 participants, 93 were girls and 107 were boys. Three ‘Waste/ Sludge Management Training’ sessions were organized for CWC members and community members, among the 72 participants, 47 were female and 25 were male. Three ‘Comprehensive WaSH Training’ were run for the hardware recipient families, among the 90 participants 50 were female and 40 were male.