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Welcome to Hatibandha

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Thank you for your sponsorship of Hatibandha, Bangladesh! This transformative project will take you on a journey of hope, from poverty to development, through the eyes of girls and their families whose lives are being changed for the better because of you.

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 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!

The facts:

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

  • 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

Disaster readiness

  • 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?

  • What types of projects am I helping to fund in Hatibandha?

  • Are my contributions only going to benefit girls?

  • What is the difference between child sponsorship and community sponsorship

  • Why are email addresses mandatory for community sponsors?

  • What kind of correspondence will donors get with Community Sponsorship?

  • When will I receive my first update?

  • Do I have to make a long-term commitment?

  • Can I write to the children and families in the community?

  • Can I visit my community?

  • Can I fundraise for the community?

  • Is this a Because I am a Girl campaign?

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