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Project information

Improving the lives of 350 children in Dhaka slums

With alarmingly high poverty levels across Bangladesh, children of textile workers in Dhaka are often deprived the chance of an education and exposed to child labour and exploitation. This project aims to improve their lives through education and better protection from abuse.

September 2012 - August 2013

Charity information: ChildHope UK - children's charity

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  • Need


    In Bangladesh, 83% of people live in poverty on less than $2 a day. In the slums of Dhaka many children are forced to find work as domestic workers or street vendors to earn vital money to help support their families; depriving them of education and exposing them to dangers of abuse. With inadequate childcare centres and no support, mothers are forced to leave younger children alone or in the care of older siblings, leaving them vulnerable to accidents and trafficking while they work.


    Working with our local partner, Nagorik Uddyog, the project will establish vital community based education centres where vulnerable children can learn and play, and will raise awareness of the need to protect children from abuse and the importance of education. By addressing the problems identified by mothers living and working in the slums of Dhaka the project will create safer living environments and better opportunities for children in the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish and run community based centres for 150 children aged 2-5 years in the slums of Dhaka.


    » Establish community based centre to provide a safe place for pre-school children to rest, play and learn while their mothers are at work.
    » Provide early childhood education and care to ensure healthy development of children at the centres now and in the future.

    What success will look like

    Success will be ensuring that 150 children aged 2-5 years have improved early childhood education and protection services in the community

    Aim 2

    Provide access to formal and informal education and life skills for 200 children aged 8-16 years.


    » Support children to attend drop in centres to access basic education in reading, writing and numeracy skills and life skills and recreation time.
    » Provide remedial classes and support to enable children to attend formal schools.
    » Recognise the income the children earn can be vital for families classes and run at times that do not interfere with their working hours.
    » Talk to employers and teach children about safe working conditions and supporting them to report abuse, negotiate better wages and conditions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be that 200 child domestic workers and street children have access to education, recreation, life skills training and the opportunity to attend formal schools.

    Aim 3

    Raise awareness of the importance of education and protecting children from harm and abuse.


    » Train community-based support workers, teachers and care givers to support children and provide quality care and education.
    » Run sessions for the working mothers, employers, and government officials to raise awareness of the basic rights of children.
    » Use the centres as examples of good practice to influence governments to provide better education and bring about changes in labour laws.

    What success will look like

    Success will be changing attitudes of community members including employers and officials to the basic rights of children and the importance of education in their development.

  • Impact


    Providing education improves the life chances of children; through highlighting the need for services and mainstreaming children into formal education the project will reduce issues of dependency and create greater future opportunities for children. Involving mothers and community members will empower them to continue the project after the funding ends and by sensitising employers to the issues and needs of child labourers the project will support changes in attitudes and actions.


    A risk to this project is that child laborers do not have the time do attend education and recreation sessions due to their working hours. The project has recognized that the income children earn can be vital for families therefore to mitigate any risks classes will be run at times which do not interfere with their work.


    Donors will receive quarterly updates on the progress of the work and financial reports and a review done at the end of the year measuring progress, setbacks and learnings. Donors will also be invited to meet with ChildHope and NU staff to find out in-depth about the progress of the work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,136

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,254 Establishing community centres Materials, equipment and teachers for pre school and drop in centres in five districts
      £5,769 Raising awareness Organisation of community discussions, training and production of materials
      £14,600 Project support costs contribution to transport, office and staff costs in UK and Bangladesh
      £8,513 Monitoring costs Monitoring visits and production of quarterly updates and final review
  • Background


    Currently our partner, Nagorik Uddyog, works in five slum areas in Dhaka. According to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics survey, urban slums have the worst performance regarding women and children’s wellbeing and the worst access to basic services, compared to rural or non-slum areas. There are few adequate childcare centres and limited access to education. Although the needs of working mothers and their children are great there are currently no programmes specifically addressing them.


    The project will primarily target 200 excluded children (6-18) of women workers who have no access to education and protection services as they are often forced to work. The project will also target 150 younger children (2-5 yr olds). In addition, the project will benefit the mothers as their children will be in safety as they work. We envisage that a further 15,000 people and employers in 5 communities will benefit through a process of awareness raising meetings, workshops and campaigns.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChildHope has over two decades experience, working in 10 countries worldwide to achieve our vision of a world in which all children can enjoy a life free from injustice and abuse. We recognize the value of working with local partners that understand the issues and context. ChildHope has worked in Bangladesh since 2001. NU has been working since 1995 towards a Bangladesh without poverty where citizens can to achieve their full potential; and with women in the textile industry since 2006.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rajni Singh

    Rajni, ChildHope Asia Manager,has 8 yrs experience working in child education and protection in Asia and is dedicated to delivering the project aims.