Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh
Habitat's work in Bangladesh
Bangladesh News and Stories
The housing need in Bangladesh
How Habitat addresses the need in Bangladesh
HFH Bangladesh is working in Dhaka and Gazipur districts as well as in the north to implement integrated housing, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) projects. In a partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), 164 low income families will receive new houses or repair their houses while 62 permanent latrines will be built and 32 tube wells will be installed. The wider community in these districts will also receive WaSH training.
Community-based disaster mitigation and preparedness
Funding support comes from partners such as the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Australian Government Direct Aid Program and Habitat programs in Great Britain and Canada.
In urban Mymensingh, HFH Bangladesh is working with Dutch and Korean partners in separate projects to build up the local community. The partnership with Foundation Op Eigen Wieken from the Netherlands aims at promoting a healthy living environment, particularly for women, children and young girls. Habitat will provide technical support to help female-headed households improve their housing. In the same area, a KOICA-funded multi-purpose building will serve as a community center for social gatherings and livelihood training as well as provide classrooms and a public library. The building also comes with gender-specific public toilets and bath houses.
Meet a Habitat family
Collecting water used to be a daily struggle for Shabana, a 30-year-old mother of four, who lives in Talab camp
in Dhaka. Things have changed since HFH Bangladesh installed wells in the community and provided water filters for home use. Shabana is among some 3,000 people who received AusAID-funded training in WaSH and waste management. Shabana said: “Everyone is feeling good and happy that something has been done for the community.”
With Habitat’s help, Shabana replaced the old mud floor of her house with a cement floor. The home is now more
comfortable for Shabana, and her three daughters and a son. Shabana became the sole breadwinner after her husband left the family five years ago. Shabana and her two older daughters, Popy, 13, and Roshni, 10, work from home. By sewing beads on shoes, they earn about 1,000 taka (US$13) a week. More importantly, replacing the flimsy wooden door with a steel door which can be locked has made the familyof mostly females feel more secure.
Urban slum upgrading
HFH Bangladesh is partnering with HFH Australia to strengthen the Beguntila slum in Dhaka through the
provision of clean water supply, improved toilets, communal bath houses and training in better hygiene. The project has the potential of being replicated in another urban slum.
Population: 158,570,535 (July 2011 est.)
Area: 143,998 sq. km.
Ethnic groups: Bengali 98%, other 2% (includes tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims) (1998)
Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English
Religions: Muslim 89.5%, Hindu 9.6%, other 0.9% (2004)
Literacy: 47.9% (2001 census)
Urbanization: 28% of total population (2010)
Population Living Below the Poverty Line: 40% (2010)
Access to Improved Water Sources: 80% (2008)
Access to Improved Sanitation Facilities: 53% (2008)
Sources: World Factbook, World Bank