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Mymensingh, Bangladesh

March 1, 2013 to March 16, 2013

Please consider joining this team to Bangladesh, where we will be participating in a special project focused on improving the living conditions of women, children and young girls. 

We will be building in Badekalpa village, an extremely impoverished community where most families live in mud houses with sheet metal roofing. The conditions of the homes have a harmful impact on the families’ livelihoods, health and the education of their children. 

This team seeks volunteers who are willing to work hard, forgo the comforts of home and take on the challenge of helping the most vulnerable and marginalized group in Bangladesh.

 

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About Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a beautiful country situated off the Bay of Bengal, surrounded by northwestern India. What gives Bangladesh its beauty, however, can also spark disaster. The county sits in a delta formed by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, and the low-lying flatlands are conducive to flooding—especially after heavy rains or cyclones. And many devastating storms have stuck in the past decade. 

Beyond that, Bangladesh remains one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries. With 63 million people living below the poverty line, the need for improved housing is crucial here. 

That’s especially true in Mymensingh, where more than 70 percent of residents don’t have adequate housing. The area is still beautiful, however, and Mymensingh’s green hills offer plenty of outdoor opportunities. Here, you will have the chance to learn about Bengali and tribal culture while contributing to a family’s dream of homeownership.

About Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh
In response to the pressing need for housing, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Bangladesh was established in 1999 in Mymensingh, and has since increased its reach to 13 locations around the country. HFH Bangladesh mainly runs rural programs involving new home construction, renovation, repair, disaster response and mitigation, as well as training on water, sanitation, hygiene practices and appropriate construction technology. HFH Bangladesh currently operates as a branch of Habitat for Humanity International, serving more than 4000 families.

HFH Bangladesh constructs one‐room core houses with a veranda and latrine through a ‘Building in Stages’ or incremental building method. HFH Bangladesh build houses for the poor as a grant and the home partners invest their own labor known as “sweat equity” to construct their homes.

HFH Bangladesh also extends the reach of its programs through Habitat Resource Centers, and these are located in Durgapur, Mymensingh, Madhupur, Savar, Kaligonj, Baria and Satkhira. Habitat Resource Centers ensure that rural communities have access to resources and appropriate technology for cost-effective and durable housing.

Habitat Resource Centers also enable HFH Bangladesh to respond to natural disasters. When Cyclone Sidr struck the south coast of Bangladesh in November 2007, a Habitat Resource Center was established in Mirzaganj, in the district of Patuakhali, to produce transitional housing kits that were distributed to 12 affected communities where they could be quickly assembled. 

Transitional shelters are made up of concrete columns, and sheet metal walls and roofs, secured on robust foundations. They offer survivors of natural disasters greater and longer lasting protection then tents and tarpaulins. At a later date, these structures can be expanded, or the materials reused, to build permanent houses.

Through its community-based disaster mitigation program, HFH Bangladesh helps families living in disaster-prone areas to strengthen their homes. Services provided include introducing families to appropriate methods of construction and training in how to build simple, disaster-resistant houses with low-cost materials. For more information on Habitat’s work in Bangladesh, visit the country’s profile page on Habitat’s website. 

Types of construction for volunteers
Global Village volunteers in Bangladesh may work on a variety of new construction, repairs of disaster-recovery projects. Teams assist local volunteers and home partners in a variety of tasks, such as mixing and passing mortar, carrying and laying bricks, digging foundations and landscaping.

Itinerary
Saturday, March 2: Arrivals in Dhaka; overnight in Dhaka.
Sunday, March 3: Travel to Mymensingh and Orientation.
Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8 – Construction.
Saturday, March 9: R&R/cultural activities.
Sunday, March 10: R&R/cultural activities.
Monday, March 11: Thursday, March 14 – Construction.
Thursday, March 14: Dedication/farewell.
Friday, March 15: Travel back to Dhaka, final team dinner. 
Late evening Friday, March 15 or Saturday March 16: Departures.

Note: Cultural experiences during the trip may include tours of other Habitat projects, school or hospital visits, fellowship with other Habitat homeowners and other community events as possible. The final building day will also feature a house dedication and farewell ceremony with partner family members.

Accommodations
The team will stay in a simple hotel in double occupancy rooms. Rooms will have attached bathrooms. Due to potential electricity disruptions at various times of the day, air-conditioning and hot water aren’t guaranteed. 

Breakfast will be provided at our hotel and lunch will be provided on-site. We’ll eat dinner out together as team at local restaurants. Bottled water is always available at all meals and at the worksite.

Program cost
US $1,740. 
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leader: Jack Kingsley 
Jack Kingsley is excited to be leading his 11th trip to Asia. Jack has previously lead trips to Thailand (Korat, Udon Thani, Kho Lak, Rayong), Vietnam (Rach Gia and Vinh Yen), Cambodia, Nepal and Indonesia. 

Jack is looking to recruit some adventurous, motivated and fun individuals to join a core group of team members who have been on various previous trips. The team will work hard during the day and explore the local community in the evenings.

For more information, please contact Jack via email at jack_kingsley@yahoo.com.


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