Project information

Floating school and healthcare centre

To provide education, and healthcare for the poorest communities in the Haor region of Bangladesh. During the monsoon these communities have no access to education or healthcare as they are isolated onto tiny islands. Our innovative LfL boats will provide these desperately needed services.

June 2012 - June 2015

Charity information: Learning For Life Uk Limited

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  • Need


    In Bangladesh 40% of the population still live on less than $1 a day and poverty is even more extreme in the river basin areas. During the nine months of the monsoon over 90% of children in this region have no access to education, as the surrounding area floods and communities are forced onto tiny islands cut off by 30-40 feet of water. This severe isolation also has a dramatic impact on maternal and child health, as people are unable to travel to a health clinic to receive medical attention.


    Two specially designed boats fitted with classroom facilities and a health and community centre will visit communities throughout the year, to provide desperately needed medical care, education and community awareness services. Over 1,300 extremely poor women children and families (living on less than 16p per day) will benefit from the floating school and healthcare centre.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase access to primary education for children from the poorest families in the community


    » Build a floating school which will visit the isolated island villages, providing a good quality education.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 500 children and 100 youths enrolled in primary education with improved completion rates and secondary education rate

    Aim 2

    Improve maternal and infant healthcare for mothers who have no access to government services.


    » Install a healthcare clinic in our floating school and provide regular, free health check-up and treatments for mothers and children

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 1,000 pregnant mothers have access to maternal healthcare, contributing to improved safe delivery rates and a decrease in infant and maternal mortality

    Aim 3

    Poverty reduction.


    » Vocation training and income generation support offered to poorest families.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 400 parents (300F and 100M) received skills training and income generation support

    Aim 4

    Personal, social and economic development of the entire community.


    » Mass-awareness activities (i.e showing films on a project screen in the evenings)

    What success will look like

    Success will be... 8,000 extreme poor (including 3,000 school children and 5,000 community members - particularly women) have attended screenings of educational films.

  • Impact


    Entire communities will know about their rights and entitlements and be empowered to advocate with local government for better access to government services such as schools and healthcare. Community will be sustainably free from extreme poverty due to education (including health and hygiene education) and income generation support.


    We have a detailed plan of possible risks, how we will minimize risks, and how we will deal with a problem if it should arise. Our partners have been working in Bangladesh for a long time and are extremely experienced and capable working in that environment and culture.


    Our implementing partners POPI will prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports that will be submitted to LfL and to our donors. LfL will also publicize the progress and success of the project via social media, website and newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £484,945

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      Amount Heading Description
      £220,860 Running costs Costs to run the project (3 years)
      £74,625 Set-up Project set-up (3 years)
      £41,220 Training Health and rights training (3 years)
      £35,330 M&E Monitoring and Evaluation (3 years)
      £50,000 Microfinance Income generation support (3 years)
      £62,910 Administration Office costs etc.
  • Background


    Almost 20 million people in Bangladesh are extremely poor, living on less than 16p a day, with high concentrations of extreme poverty in coastal areas and river basins like our target area, which are particularly affected by climate change, meaning the situation is getting worse every year. This poverty and isolation is exemplified by a staggeringly low adult literacy rate of 16% and very high maternal and infant mortality at 293 deaths per 1000 live births.


    The Floating Schools will aim to reach 500 children, 100 youths, 1,000 expectant mothers, 400 parents and 8,000 members of the wider community; all beneficiaries are from extreme poor families living on less than 16p per day.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working with some of the poorest communities in South Asia since 1994, and have a proven track record of delivering effective and innovative projects that are sustainable and meet the real needs of the people. We run this project with our trusted local partner POPI which was founded in 1986 and has established an excellent reputation for providing quality, efficient and community centred development programmes across Bangladesh.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rokunuz Zaman

    Mr Zaman has been working in the development sector for over 30 years and is vital to the conception and success of the projects

Our Floating school

Our Floating school