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Springing fresh starts in Bangladesh

Spring is in the air – and so is big change in Bangladesh!

As with most developing countries, the furthest, most isolated families often have the fewest resources, leading to increased sanitation issues and potential for serious illness.

But, with you’re help, we’re bringing better health high into Bangladesh’s hidden hills and deep within its communities – and with it, the opportunity for a better life.

According to recent national surveys:

  • Less than half of all households have their own improved toilet facility
  • Just 37% of households can access sanitation facilities equipped with soap and water
  • 9 out of 10 households do not use an appropriate water treatment method, such as boiling for purification.

But, from building up infrastructure, like quality latrines and clean water sources, to building up skillsets – your sponsorship is having serious impact.


Thanks to you, we’ve already reached more than 750 communities, 200 schools and 300,000 people with life-changing hygiene support and services.


“Before this project, sanitation was very poor,” says Sufia, a local mother and project volunteer. “I needed to spend a large amount of money on medical treatment and frequent visits to the hospital.”

But, after sponsorship-supported trainings, she’s been empowered to take her family’s health into her own hands – increasing their quality of life, and even their savings.

 Sufia and family double panel

Sufia and her family.

“Through the project, I learned the importance of using hygienic latrines and washing my hands with soap after using it, before taking meals, and regularly when required. Today, the situation has improved. I have not spent money for treating diseases ever since my family has been following the teachings from this project.”

Nazma is also feeling renewed hope, thanks to her enhanced health knowledge. “Earlier, I had no idea of hygiene issues,” she says. “Now I know that improper practices can cause various diseases. The facilitators of the project informed us about this.”

She’s one of the many who’s been educated by community health workers you helped train. These point people, like Moriom, play an important role in establishing trust and rippling out crucial peer-to-peer learnings.

“The project trained me on proper practices and taught me how diseases are transmitted,” shares Moriom. “I transfer my learning to the women and children of my community through outdoor sessions, where I demonstrate the process. I have seen noticeable changes,” she adds, with pride.

A handwashing demonstration takes place in Bangladesh.

From home visits to community demonstrations, hygiene awareness sessions are bubbling up around Bangladesh.

Though absolutely essential, clean water can be difficult to secure. Thankfully, you’re also making this precious resource more readily available for all.

“Earlier, we drank spring water, which caused various diseases,” explains one woman. “We learned a lot of things from trainings. Tube wells were installed in our community, so now we drink tube well water or know to boil the spring water before drinking it.”

Two girls wash their hands using clean water buckets in Bangladesh.

This issue was also affecting local students.

Globally, more than 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness, and Head Teacher Mr. Marma was seeing the negative effects firsthand.

“Previously, students suffered from water borne diseases that negatively impacted attendance in class,” he explains.

“This project installed hand washing devices, repaired latrines and arranged trainings in our school. As a result, our students are not affected by waterborne diseases today, increasing their attendance. The school well is functional now and we drink water from there,” he adds, happy to know his students are safe.

A young male student visits a latrine, and washes his hands using the new sanitation facilities.

Schools now have necessary facilities on-site…

A large crowd of students line up outside their school for a sanitation demonstration.

…boosting hygiene along with student attendance. Just look at the turnout for this school sanitation assembly!

“Earlier, we did not know the process, now we wash hands with soap because of the project,” says Anichang, a passionate student council member that you support.

Today, she’s helping stop disease by spreading awareness. “We teach this to family members, neighbours and the community. Diseases have reduced in our community now.”

Anichang attends a student council meeting and learns about her health in class.

Anichang (pictured here, centre) receives health lessons in class, and distills them out with the help of her student council.

“We had faced an unpleasant situation before,” says Nishi, a Grade 8 student who’s now pleased to see the life-altering changes you’ve helped make a reality.

“Now we have a deep well, hygienic latrine and hand washing station with running water … We are proud.

 Male and female students fill cups of water from a clean water jug.

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