With your support, we have a wide range of programs under way in Hatibandha. These investments in education, health care, gender equality, clean water and disaster preparedness are giving local families the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and improve their own lives.
Sustainable, community-led change is at the heart of everything we do. While we invest in local infrastructure – like schools, clinics, roads and wells – above all we invest in people, ensuring that they have the capacity to lead their own development, today and for generations to come.
None of this would be possible without the partnership of sponsors like you. With your help, girls and their families in Hatibandha are on their way to a better life.
Meet the people of Hatibandha and learn more about their lives and the challenges and opportunities for their community.
To keep you updated on how your contributions are changing lives in Hatibandha, we will send you quarterly email updates with our latest photos and stories. To ensure these updates reach your inbox (and are not caught in a spam filter), please add email@example.com to your address book or safe sender list.
You are changing the lives of 8,900 girls, men, women and their children in Hatibandha; you are changing their future. Thank you!
Location: Very remote community that is accessible only by boat in rainy season.
People: 44% of the population earns less than $1 per day
Main subsistence: Farming
Plan International impact: 8,900 girls, men, women and children will benefit from Community Sponsorship including over 3,800 children
- Literacy rate is low at 42.47% (male 45.4%, female 38.9%)
- Quality of primary education is poor, with limited classrooms and teaching supplies
- Trained teachers are hard to come by since they live on the mainland and do not want to travel to the community during rainy season when they need to cross the river
- Only 29% of students complete grade 5
- Secondary schools are located on the mainland and can take up to 1.5 hours to reach on foot. In the rainy season (3-4 months every year), students need to cross the river by boat to get to school.
- Only 7% of secondary students are girls
Maternal and child health
- Access to maternal health care is inadequate leading to high newborn mortality (37 per 1,000 births) and maternal mortality (290 per 100,000 births)
- Women travel long distances to the mainland to seek health care for their children. The situation is even riskier during labour — as the trip to the mainland can be treacherous, especially in rainy season.
- More than 2/3 of births happen without the help of a skilled attendant
- Child marriage is common, with 90% of girls married by age 18 (compared to 64% across Bangladesh) and puts girls at risk of violence, abuse, illiteracy and even death
- Hatibandha is prone to river erosions and cyclones
- Schools often close for long periods of time during disasters and children experience regular interruptions to their education
- No safe drinking source for children at school.
Community Sponsorship FAQ's
What is Community Sponsorship?
Plan International Canada’s Community Sponsorship is an impactful way to help communities develop the tools and learn the skills to be self sufficient in order to provide for their children and future generations. Donors are supporting community-based, holistic solutions including gender equality, clean water, accessible health care, basic education and microfinance opportunities within a specific community.
What types of projects am I helping to fund in Hatibandha?
Through Community Sponsorship, you are supporting a holistic, community-based solution that will provide access to education, reduce child and maternal mortality, fight child marriage, provide clean water and create income opportunities for girls and their families in Hatibandha, Bangladesh.
Donor contributions are helping girls and their families by:
- Improving primary education by providing teaching materials and supplies and training teachers
- Increasing access to secondary schools on the mainland by providing safe transportation and accommodations for girls
- Helping to prevent child marriage by providing girls with education, skills training and income-generating opportunities.
Are my contributions only going to benefit girls?
No, your contributions will help everyone in the community. Plan International does not work only with girls! Gender inequality and negative stereotypes are equally harmful to boys. That’s why we address gender discrimination in all our program work to ensure that girls and boys get access to education, health care, and the skills and opportunities they need to become independent adults who can break the cycle of poverty.
What is the difference between child sponsorship and community sponsorship
Contributions for both go toward child-centred development projects, but Child Sponsorship dollars are pooled and used to fund projects in multiple communities, whereas Community Sponsorship dollars fund projects in a specific community.
Child Sponsorship allows you to see community development and impact through the eyes of a child ambassador. As a child sponsor you have the ability to build a relationship through letter writing with your sponsored child. Community Sponsorship allows donors to follow the journey of an entire community through stories and photos to watch the community become self-sustaining.
Child Sponsorship donors will receive a paper update on their sponsored child every 12-18 months. Community Sponsorship donors will receive quarterly online (environmentally friendly) updates with stories, photos, and interviews with children, families, and community members on how Plan’s work is making an impact of their lives and giving them hope for the future.
Why are email addresses mandatory for community sponsors?
Email is a quick and cost-effective way for Plan International to pass field reports, stories and photos of progress from the community to its sponsors. It helps Plan International keep costs low, directing more money to programs benefiting children, and helps donors see the impact of their dollars in action.
What kind of correspondence will donors get with Community Sponsorship?
You will receive a welcome package within 4 weeks. After this you will receive field updates on the progress of the community through email on a quarterly basis. Donors will also have the opportunity to visit the community website that will feature girls and families in the community, photos, and stories on how contributions are impacting the community.
When will I receive my first update?
Within 12 weeks, and every 3 months after that.
Do I have to make a long-term commitment?
Plan International will work with each community for 10-12 years or until the community is self-sustaining. The length of time you wish to contribute for is up to you.
Can I write to the children and families in the community?
Online Community Sponsorship updates allow Plan International to send more frequent and cost-efficient updates to our donors. Instead of sending individual child updates to each donor, Plan International will update all community sponsors on the progress in the community and the impact that it has had on our featured families. In order to keep our administration costs down, there is no correspondence between community sponsors and the community at this time.
Can I visit my community?
Absolutely! We encourage our donors to visit the community to see first hand how their contributions are impacting the children and families living there.
All visits must be arranged at least 10 weeks in advance through our Toronto office, and all visits require satisfactory clearance of a police records check and vulnerable sector check before they can go ahead to satisfy Plan International’s child protection measures. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If you would like to plan a visit the community, please call us at 1 800-387-1418 and a Donor Support Representative will help to answer your questions, provide the forms you need to complete, and get you started on the process of preparing for the trip of a lifetime.
Can I fundraise for the community?
Absolutely! Groups can combine their resources to sponsor Hatibandha. Groups include: schools, clubs, businesses, faith-based groups, associations, etc. Individual tax receipts will be issued over $25 if requested. If you have any questions or would like more information about fundraising for Plan International, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-387-1418 ext. 227.
Is this a Because I am a Girl campaign?
It is a Plan International Canada campaign incorporating the Because I am a Girl initiative – by supporting the girls in Hatibandha, you are transforming their community. Investing in girls is key to breaking the cycle of poverty for everyone. Studies show that if you give a girl enough to eat, an education and a safe environment, she’ll work to raise the standard of living for herself, her family and her community.
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