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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Art and Craft Training at Happy Home

An Art and Craft training was organized by ActionAid Bangladesh to provide limitless opportunities for the creative minds of Happy Home girls.
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Drawing training for children for a better future

As a means of child protection and bringing out the slum children from the adverse condition, ActionAid Bangladesh conducted five days of drawing training in LRP 49 community in Mirpur. A total of 104 children, of which boys 38 and girls 66 between the age of 6-14, received this training from a trainer from the faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
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Children are delighted to participate on online Debate and Speech Competition 2022

The world is one and it is yours, mine, everyones. Our beloved world will be ours.
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LSBE training at Ghoraghat (LRP 45)

“I never participated in such training before. So, it was new experience to me. We, especially the children usually take decisions emotionally. So, sometimes we take wrong decisions. Along with that, many times we get into fights with each other. We don’t think about the consequences. We have come to know how we can communicate properly, can settle disagreement etc. We did group discussions, group works in the training, so could understand everything easily. We also had lot of fun games. I believe this training will help us to change our thoughts & actions. Thanks to ActionAid for arranging such training for us", one of the participants of LSBE (Life Skill Based Education) training, Shefali (16-year-old) expressed her view.
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Initiative to Sensitize People on Menstrual Hygiene

On 28 May 2022, LRP-51, Chanpara celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day to sensitize the community about menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
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Art and Craft Training at Happy Home

An Art and Craft training was organized by ActionAid Bangladesh to provide limitless opportunities for the creative minds of Happy Home girls.
Read More

News

Drawing training for children for a better future

As a means of child protection and bringing out the slum children from the adverse condition, ActionAid Bangladesh conducted five days of drawing training in LRP 49 community in Mirpur. A total of 104 children, of which boys 38 and girls 66 between the age of 6-14, received this training from a trainer from the faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University.
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News

Children are delighted to participate on online Debate and Speech Competition 2022

The world is one and it is yours, mine, everyones. Our beloved world will be ours.
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News

LSBE training at Ghoraghat (LRP 45)

“I never participated in such training before. So, it was new experience to me. We, especially the children usually take decisions emotionally. So, sometimes we take wrong decisions. Along with that, many times we get into fights with each other. We don’t think about the consequences. We have come to know how we can communicate properly, can settle disagreement etc. We did group discussions, group works in the training, so could understand everything easily. We also had lot of fun games. I believe this training will help us to change our thoughts & actions. Thanks to ActionAid for arranging such training for us", one of the participants of LSBE (Life Skill Based Education) training, Shefali (16-year-old) expressed her view.
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Initiative to Sensitize People on Menstrual Hygiene

On 28 May 2022, LRP-51, Chanpara celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day to sensitize the community about menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
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Event

National Mourning Day 2020:

The nation observed the National Mourning Day on 15th of August 2020, Saturday with paying rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 45th martyrdom anniversary. Like every year, 15 LRPs arranged different programs for the children to observe National Mourning Day 2020 by following all safety measures.
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Event for child care

Event for child care
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Blog

6th International Water Conference 2021

ActionAid Bangladesh is going to organise the 6th International Water Conference under the theme of ‘Water, Climate and Justice in the Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic’’ from 27 to 29 January 2021. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to organise the conference through virtual platform this year.
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LIFE IN SHAMBLES

On my trip to Sunamganj in April, I met 32-year-old Nazma Khatun who spoke to me about her woes: “All of our cultivated paddies have gone under water. Our livelihood, children’s education, food, treatment, and shelter are under threat as we depend on the paddy. We took Tk30,000 as a loan from a Local NGO to cultivate. I don’t know how I will return the loan.”
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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM COMING UP

Violence against women and girl is a severe human rights abuse that continues to take place on a daily base all over the word, also in Bangladesh. With interactive theatre performances in different parts of Dhaka, youth happenings, discussion fora, media training and a robust social media presence using #SafeCities, #SafeCitiesBecause and #16DaysofActivism, we call on ending violence against women during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
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AN UNCERTAIN LIFE: ROHINGYA EXODUS TO BANGLADESH

The influx of refugees from Rohingya into Bangladesh is now over 370,000, with the figures rising daily. They are supported by the Bangladesh government, local and international NGOs, and host communities
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ROLE MODELS- BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH

Brimming with happiness, young Sumona declared, “I play to win”, when she was asked about her heroic performance which led her team, Chanpara Croatia Football Team to victory over their opponents for the day, Chanpara France Football Team.
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Publications

Market Transformation for Women

Women play a central role in agriculture. Rural women throughout Bangladesh make critical contributions to household production and consequently to household and national food security. The specific nature of their contribution vary, for instance women’s participation in economic activities differ considerably according to the type of activity and the place of residence. Traditionally women have played an important role in a wide range of income-generating activities. These rural production activities include post-harvesting, cow fattening and milking, goat farming, backyard poultry rearing, pisciculture, horticulture, food processing, cane and bamboo works, and handicrafts. Yet the reality has been that ‘markets’ are not women sensitive nor friendly. Women struggled to be in market spaces as a producer trying to sell their product, or as a buyer to make choices in person. ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) took up initiatives in different parts of the country with the intent of changing the market system and practices so as make the market system women-friendly. This called for long-term projects and investment. One such project entitled: Making Market Work for Women (MMWW), in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, aimed to support women Agri -entrepreneurs to evolve into a competitive and successful entrepreneur by participating in the market. MMWW project facilitated the creation of a women-friendly market environment; developing linkages with market actors and relevant stakeholders towards promoting and increasing access for women entrepreneurs in existing rural markets. The project also established linkages with online market platform for women entrepreneurs, so as to promote their engagement in e-commerce. In the present reality of the COVID-19 pandemic online marketing played a great role to sustain the enterprise of women entrepreneurs. They were able to trade their produce and flourish their business in 2020. AAB took an initiative to publish a Photobook to showcase the success stories of women entrepreneurs through the photobook ‘Market Transformation for Women’. It is a testimony of women’s contribution in transformation of society, and the significant contribution to their community, as well as national economy. I believe that Agri-entrepreneurship particularly by rural women is an important growing sector in the economy of Bangladesh. Therefore, it calls for recognition and investment to stimulate growth and further development.
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Annual Reports, Publications

#COVID19: Towards Resilience

ActionAid Bangladesh along with other networks and alliances successfully influenced the review and formulation of the of the 2020-2025 strategy
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Publications

Policy Brief on Youth Budget Framework

Due to the demographic window, Bangladesh has the opportunity of harnessing youth potential for achieving long term development objectives. Even though Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has associated investment in youth with the development trajectory of the country through various plans and policies, youth related discussions are not contextualized due to absence of policy coherence and consensus on intended outcomes. Lack of structured and holistic approach towards these discussions result in ineffective implementation of well-intended policies. Hence, this policy brief, jointly developed by ActionAid Bangladesh and SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) construes that Bangladesh requires a formal, well-structured Youth Budget Framework (YBF) as part of the national budget to attain vital objectives by cashing in on demo- graphic dividend. A youth centric budget is intrinsically a framework of goals and visions to empower youths economically and socially. The designated monetary allocations in the budget will be analysed through a youth centric lens to equip the evidence-based policymaking process. In short, the youth budget framework will serve to represent the commitments of the Government of Bangladesh to invest holistically in youth development, alleviate challenges and bottlenecks which uniquely affect youths through various channels.
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Publications

Policy Brief: Impact of COVID 19 on Entrepreneurs and Workers

To utilize Bangladesh’s current demographic window, Bangladesh must harness its youth potentials to achieve the long-term development. The increased ratio of young women and men who have access to economic opportunities and sustainable income sources will help us to achieve our targeted goals. Access to flexible finances for young women and men especially those with limited indemnity to venture into self-employment or social entrepreneurship plays a crucial role if we want to reap this opportunity. The Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) hold the most promise for creating jobs in both rural and urban areas. But the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt this sector as much it has affected our daily lives, specially the women entrepreneurs and workers. This policy brief is an attempt to explore the situation, challenge, and way forward on youth and women responsive strategy for MSMEs.
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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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Projects

MAKING MARKET WORK FOR WOMEN

In Bangladesh, nutrition and SRH care are interlinked problems: poor food intake causes malnourishment, which leads to poor health and poor SRH perpetuates the inter-generational cycle of undernourishment. Deficiencies in nutrition and SRH care result in poor labor productivity and market performance. One of the key factors leading to (women’s) intake of poor nutritional food at home, poor reproductive, maternal and sexual health stems from lack of life skills (on SRH). Thus, poor reproductive health conditions adversely affect women’s ability to participate in activities outside of the home, which in turn manifests itself as their inability to participate in and shape the market.
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Projects

FGGII

Creating an enabling environment for civil society and human rights defenders to protect the affected communities from the negative impact of large scale infrastructural development projects and violation of human rights. Advocating for reform the land acquisition, compensation and resettlement related policies, and provisioning for safeguard measures in foreign investment projects.
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Projects

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

The campaigns against gender based violence are largely focused on making women more aware to prevent violent situations or what to do when such instances arise unexpectedly. The campaign “ Nari, e juddhe tumi eka nou” lists down emergency response centers and their contacts categorized according to districts. In addition to that, another campaign focuses on the needs of women friendly service centers. The main objective of such centers entail to stop gender based violence and providing social and psychological protection along with legal advice. Further to provide entertainment, social status and networking opportunities for girls, women and children. Gaining Social assistance and improving on required work skills are also expected from such centers. Such centers are also equally applicable for disaster stricken areas. During such instanc
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