What does Bangladesh need

Sponsorship for children in Bangladesh

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After a popular uprising in 1990, Bangladesh has returned to democracy. However, the country has been politically torn since then. Corruption is widespread and there are repeated riots and riots in the streets. We at Plan International operate in areas characterized by extreme poverty. Find out more about our commitment in Bangladesh and support our commitment with your donation.

Our commitment in Bangladesh

The Country strategy von Plan International forms the framework for a persistent and continuous Program work. It is drawn up over a period of several years and uses various resources to improve the living conditions and future prospects of disadvantaged children and their families:

  • Program work since 1994
  • More than 32,000 sponsored children in 2017
  • Main focus of work: child protection, participation of children, education, health, economic security

How does a child sponsorship help in Bangladesh?

Plan International has been working in Bangladesh and reached the community of more than 32,000 sponsored children and their families with its programs in 2017. We operate in both rural and urban areas, which are characterized by great poverty and whose population is particularly disadvantaged.

In Bangladesh, our work focuses on improving the health and education situation. Because the maternal and child mortality rate is high, the quality of education is low. We at Plan International also promote and support awareness of children's rights Participation of children in social processes. With our work we support girls in particular, as they are often disadvantaged and Discrimination are exposed. In addition, we support low-income families in finding a way out of poverty.

Antora - a sponsored child from Bangladesh tells us

Current programs: Help in Bangladesh

Since our engagement in Bangladesh we have already been able to successfully establish a number of projects with your help. Find out below how your donation will be used in our project areas and read more about our current program work in Bangladesh.

For the past 15 years, theSupply of drinking water and sanitation in Bangladesh has been improved. However, remote areas have benefited less from this development. For example, in some regions only 36 percent of the population use sanitary facilities. The hygiene habits across the country are also insufficient. Simple measures such as regular hand washing are only practiced by 26 percent of the population. In many schools, the sanitary facilities, if any, are in poor condition.

We support local authorities and other responsible persons in equipping the communities with sanitation systems and better water supplies. It is an important goal that the communities become free from defecation in the open air, as this is a key requirement for theTo improve drinking water quality and prevent preventable diseases. Community committees have a responsibility to educate communities about hygiene practices and are committed to ensuring that people contribute to positive development through prudent and responsible behavior.

We attach particular importance to training health workers and making them aware of the necessary hygienic standards. We also install sanitary facilities in schools. It is necessary to include gender-specific aspects. For example, it is important to have toilets that are separated by sex. This protects girls from assault and enables them to attend school even during their period. In addition, we network with other actors who are committed to improving sanitation in order to exchange experiences and coordinate our measures.

Although the national average child mortality rate is falling, there is still a great need for action for some population groups and in remote areas. For example, 40 percent of boys and girls here are due toMalnutritionprevented from developing. Only a third of all pregnant women give birth under medical supervision, which is associated with an increased health risk for mother and child. In addition, the proportion of early pregnancies is particularly high.

In order to promote maternal and child health and improve the quality of medical care, we are strengthening the local health system in partnership with the responsible authorities and are working to ensure that the government is more committed to the health care of particularly disadvantaged groups. We want to ensure that pregnant women have the opportunity to give birth under medical supervision. There should also be more offers on important topics such asFamily planning, vaccinations, or hygiene practices be submitted. We are therefore expanding access to facilities that offer sexual and reproductive health services. We also train parents and teach child-friendly forms of upbringing, provide information about a balanced diet for children and make it clear how parents can support the development and health of their children from an early age.

Although access to elementary schools has expanded and graduation rates are rising, there are still children who are entirely fromSchool education excluded there are many girls among them. There are also challenges with regard to the quality of teaching. Often the teachers are not well trained and unmotivated because the earnings are low. The teaching methods are not suitable for children either. After primary school, too few children attend secondary school. Girls who attend secondary schools are more likely to drop out of schools than boys with no qualifications.

With our program, we want to reach above all those children who have not previously had the opportunity to complete a basic education. In order to integrate these children into the public school system, we start at the level of the pre-schools and primary schools. It is important that there are offers in the communitiesearly childhood promotion are available to prepare the children for primary school. At the same time, we want to expand access to primary schools and are working on qualifying teachers in order to improve their pedagogical and professional skills. Schools should also focus more on the needs of girls and focus on ensuring that girls make the transition to secondary school. We want to help children who have dropped out of school to go back to school or to offer them alternative educational opportunities.

Despite various laws and guidelines that have been enacted to protect children, theChild protection in Bangladesh not guaranteed. Girls are more often exposed to violence and abuse than boys. At both national and community levels, child protection mechanisms, if any, are dysfunctional and underfunded.

Early marriage is widespread. In no other country in Asia is the rate higher than in Bangladesh. Other pressing issues include child labor and the large number of children whono birth certificate has, which goes hand in hand with a significant restriction of their rights. In order to improve the protection of children, we are involved at various levels. In the communities we support child protection committees that work for the protection and wellbeing of children. Here we also work together with the responsible authorities and strengthen the competencies of the judiciary and the police so thatChild protection guidelinesand laws are also enforced. We sensitize families to the various forms of violence and want to overcome the stigmatization of victims of violence.

We pay particular attention to eliminating gender-based violence, child marriage and domestic violence. We educate children about risks and teach them strategies to protect themselves. For girls and boys who have experienced violence or are particularly at risk, we provide help and advice. At the national level, we are also working to improve the nationwide child protection system and to network it with community-based mechanisms.

We want to ensure that cases of violence are consistently followed up and reported. We also work with government agencies to prevent and counter child marriage, child labor and gender-based violence nationwide through appropriate legislation.

The proportion of adolescents and young adults in the population is growing. Around half of all employed persons in the country are between the ages of 15 and 29 years. Every year there are around 2.7 million young job seekers competing for jobs in the labor market. Adverse working conditions and poor pay are inevitably accepted. Particularly poor young people, young women or people with disabilities are disadvantaged and face major economic difficulties. The few government measures to strengthen the economic situation of young people fall short and are poorly coordinated.

We want to support young people in theirimprove economic situationby giving them access to information and resources and teaching them important skills. Based on relevant studies and investigations, we adapt our measures to the current educational and economic framework as well as the current requirements of the labor market.

Together with partners, we work, for example, to improve the communication skills and leadership qualities of young people, or to impart important knowledge about finances and economic relationships. We submit offers for professional advice in order to use individual strengths and improve the chances on the job market. It is important to us that the young people can access the broadest possible range from the spectrum of the various public and private educational institutions, and we make appropriate contacts.

We pay particular attention to economically disadvantaged young women. In addition to strengthening the economy, we would also like to expand the social participation of young people and therefore support committees and groups that offer young people a platform to express their opinion and stand up for their concerns.

Bangladesh is one of the countries most of the worldEffects of natural disasters are affected. Hurricanes and floods in particular have repeatedly struck the country in the past and caused great damage. The government has made some efforts to take precautionary measures, but implementation remains a major challenge.

We support the communities in taking precautionary measures and developing protective mechanisms in order to minimize the risks in the communities and to be as prepared as possible for impending dangers.

The children are actively involved and contribute their ideas, wishes and views. Through regular training, adults and children acquire important skills to protect themselves and others. In the acuteDisasterwe provide emergency aid in cooperation with other organizations. We particularly focus on protecting children from violence and abuse, education after disasters and psychosocial support. We are also committed to various measures to counteract the effects of climatic changes.

Bangladesh is located in South Asia and borders Myanmar at the extreme southern tip. Otherwise the country is included in India. Large parts of the country are used intensively for agriculture. Therefore, the original vegetation has only been preserved in a few regions. Bangladesh is one of the ten most populous countries in the world and is extremely densely populated. Almost two thirds of the people live in rural areas, but more and more people are moving to the cities. Around 40 percent of the population are children and young people.

Residents161.40 million (Germany [D]: 82.70 million)
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