Introduction

The ‘Happy Home’ initiative has been working with various government agencies since 2016 in the Dhaka Division. They mainly work with street children in Mohammadpur area, focusing on providing shelter and education- the stable and loving environment that all children need. Happy Homes provides a safe shelter and support for 150 girls. They work to give the girls shelter, improved health, and their well-being through providing education and recreation. The girls are also provided with vocational training for a secured future.

Background

Approximately 2 million people live in the slums and streets of Dhaka. Many are forced to move from villages with their families but the transition process is often long and many children become lost or separated from their families during relocation and readjustment. Countless others live with their families on the streets or in slums – and a huge number of children live alone. These children especially girls are vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, child labour, conflict with the law and trafficking. They suffer from poor health and limited access to education thus limiting their chances of reaching their full potential.

ActionAid provides a safe shelter and support for 150 girls. They work to give the girls shelter, improved health, and their well-being through providing education and recreation. The girls are also provided with vocational training for a secured future.

Category Details
Name Of The Initiative Happy Home
Villages Reached N/A
Allied Organisation Various government agencies (i.e schools, vocational training schools)
Blocks Reached Mohammadpur
Working together since 2016 Districts Reached Dhaka
Division Dhaka
Vulnerable Groups Reached Street children
Focus Areas Of Intervention providing shelter and education - and the stable and loving environment which all children need. five separate homes in five different areas of the city, all of them merging into one large home in December 2016.

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National Mourning Day 2020:

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Achievements

880 have reintegrated into society.

1040 girls have benefited from having a safe place to sleep at night.

750 have accessed vocational training.

17,443 girls have accessed drop-in facilities previously.

1,050 have accessed shelter and education.

400 have found employment

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