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A smiling girl from Hatibandha A smiling girl from Hatibandha
Nurnahar

Meet Nurnahar

  • Age: 14
  • Siblings: 2 younger brothers and a younger sister
  • Description of shelter: A 2-room house made of straw with an iron roof
  • Distance to the nearest health centre: 15 km away on the mainland
  • Means of earning a living: Nurnahar’s father sells milk at the local market (10 km away). Each day he has to cross the river, which is difficult in rainy season.
  • Education level of parents: No formal education
  • Education level of children: Nurnahar’s siblings are enrolled in primary school. Nurnahar stopped attending school after grade 5 because of the difficulty in traveling to the mainland.
  • Hopes and dreams: “I wish we had a high school in our community so that every girl can get higher education after completion of their primary education.”
Lipi

Meet Lipi

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  • Age: 9
  • Siblings: 5 sisters
  • Water source: A small tube well that doesn’t supply enough water for the family
  • Distance to the nearest health centre: 1.5 km away but the road is poor and treacherous during an emergency
  • Means of earning a living: Lipi’s father does manual labour and her mother is a homemaker. Their daily household income is $2-3 per day.
  • Education level of parents: Illiterate
  • Education level of children: Lipi is in grade 3. Her 2 older sisters go to school, but the youngest 3 do not attend school due to financial constraints.
  • Uncertainty in her future: Lipi’s parents raised concerns about the risk of child marriage for their girls.
Peari

Meet Peari

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  • Age: 12
  • Siblings: 1 older sister and 2 younger sisters
  • Description of shelter: A 1-room house made of straw with an iron roof that needs to be rebuilt after every rainy season
  • Condition of latrine: There is a latrine located next to their home, but it’s unsanitary.
  • Means of earning a living: Peari’s mother and father are manual labourers and earn $2 based on the availability of work. Her father often goes to the mainland in search of work.
  • Education level of parents: Illiterate
  • Education level of children: Peari and her younger sisters attend school. Peari’s older sister Rojina (15) stopped attending school after grade 5.
  • Hopes and dreams: Peari, who dreams of one day becoming a teacher, would like easier access to school in rainy season so that she isn’t forced to miss days at school.
The family of Mohammed and Maleka

Meet Morzina

  • 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.
Shohagi

Meet Shohagi

  • Age: 13
  • Siblings: An older sister and 3 younger brothers
  • Description of shelter: A 2-room house, 1 for sleeping and 1 for cooking, made of tin and straw
  • Distance to the nearest health centre: The centre is a 2 km walk from home, but it lacks medical supplies and is only open 2 days per week.
  • Means of earning a living: Shohagi’s father sells milk door to door, but when his oldest daughter got married he gave away the family’s 2 cows. Now he goes to look for work on the mainland.
  • Education level of parents: Shohagi’s parents are illiterate.
  • Education level of children: Shohagi is currently in grade 4 and all of her younger brothers are enrolled in primary school.
  • Hopes and dreams: Shohagi, who loves to draw pictures of her community says, “I wish the road conditions would improve so that I can go to school safely.”

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