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The family of Nosiruddin and Hasena

Meet: Nosiruddin and Hasena

  • Children's ages: 16, 14, 10, 4, 3
  • Description of shelter: The family lives in a bamboo fenced house with a corrugated iron roof
  • Distance to nearest health centre: The distance of the health center from their house is 8 km. For any kind of sickness they go to a medicine shop, which is 2 km away.
  • Means of earning a living: Nosiruddin has a physical disability and has been unable to find work. Currently he goes fishing daily in the river and sells the fish door to door.
  • Education level of parents: No formal education
  • Education level of children: The 3 oldest children can read and write, but the youngest 2 are too young for primary school
  • Hopes and dreams: The biggest challenge for this family is to educate the children with their very low income. Hasena says, “We are ready to do anything to improve the lives of our children. We need support to build our house and get educational materials for our children.”
The family of Asim and Shafali

Meet: Asim and Shafali

  • Children's ages: 11, 7, 6
  • Distance to nearest health centre: There is a community clinic close by that is rarely open. In case of an emergency, the family needs to travel 15 km across the river to the nearest health centre.
  • Condition of latrine: The family has 1 latrine located next to their house but the stagnant water attracts mosquitoes and it doesn’t meet sanitation requirements.
  • Means of earning a living: Asim does manual labour and earns $2.50 per day. In rainy season he has difficulty finding work so he travels to the mainland to earn $1.25 per day. Shafali stays home to look after the children and perform other household duties.
  • Education level of parents: No formal education
  • Education level of children: All of the girls are enrolled in primary school
  • Hopes and dreams: Asim and Shafali want their children to be well educated so that they can support the economy. They also hope to provide their children with better nutrition to support their growth. Shafali says “Engage us in income generating activities in our community so that our girls can have meals three times a day.”
The family of Amir and Zorina

Meet: Amir and Zorina

  • Children's ages: 12, 11, 8, 6
  • Water source: The family has a tube well next to the house, but it often becomes buried under water during rainy season and they need to collect water from a neighbour’s house
  • Condition of latrine: The family doesn’t have a latrine
  • Means of earning a living: Amir is a fisherman and in the rainy season he goes to the mainland to sell fish at the market. To make ends meet, Zorina works in the field to harvest crops in order to provide 3 meals per day to her children. During the rainy season, the children only get 2 meals per day.
  • Education level of parents: Amir and Zorina are both illiterate
  • Education level of children: The oldest 3 children are enrolled in primary school. They hope that they can send the youngest child to school next year.
  • Hopes and dreams: “I did not get the chance to go to school, but I want quality education for my children,” says Zorina.
The family of Mohammed and Maleka

Meet: Mohammed and Maleka

  • Children's ages: 15, 11, 9
  • Distance to the nearest health centre: There is a community clinic located 2.5 km away.
  • Condition of latrine: The family has a latrine next to their house, but it’s unsanitary
  • Means of earning a living: Mohammed is currently not working and borrows money from other community members to support the family. Maleka performs manual labour when the work is available.
  • Education level of parents: Mohammad studied up to grade 2 and Maleka has no formal education
  • Education level of children: The 2 youngest children are currently in school, but their oldest daughter never attended secondary school because the family couldn’t afford it.
  • Hopes and dreams: Mohammed and Maleka worry about not being able to provide education opportunities for their children due to low income. “If Plan will help to develop the condition of the road we will be able to work regularly,” says Maleka.
The family of Mohammed and Saharbanu

Meet: Mohammed and Saharbanu

  • Children's ages: 14, 12, 10, 3
  • Description of shelter: Mohammed and Saharbanu don’t have their own land, so they built a straw room with an iron roof on a friend’s property. This room is not strong and often goes under water in rainy season, forcing the family to look for other shelter.
  • Water source: The family has a tube well next to the house, but it often becomes buried under water during rainy season and they need to collect water from a neighbour’s house
  • Condition of latrine: The family doesn’t have a latrine
  • Means of earning a living: Saharbanu has received training on livestock cultivation and gardening and earns a daily income of $2
  • strong>Education level of parents: Mohammed and Saharbanu are both illiterate
  • Education level of children: The oldest 3 children are enrolled in primary school, but the youngest is too young to attend
  • Hopes and dreams: “I hope to see low-cost schools, a community clinic and opportunity to get a job within the community,” says Saharbanu.

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