SAJIDA’s Amrao Manush Program which works with the urban extreme poor has been working continuously with vulnerable communities in the urban areas of Dhaka and Chattogram through this crisis. The program distributed emergency food and hygiene packages to people in need; including families of day laborers, street hawkers and rickshaw pullers of Dhaka and Chattogram. The program also arranged a quarantine centre for vulnerable children of South Dhaka at Sadarghat centre and provided Iftar, dinner and Sehri for them during the month of Ramada and special meals on the Eid day. Amrao Manush is also trying to reach out to the 88% currently homeless and without jobs by collecting donations to be provided to 3,800 beneﬁciaries who had previously received business grants from Amrao Manush. SAJIDA plans to donate the same BDT 3,000 to the rest of the 1,800 beneﬁciaries from its own funds. The Amrao Manush Program is currently only looking after 14 children in their Maniknagar PDC while 1 Takar Ahar (an initiative by Esabela Foundation) is using the Sadarghat PDC to house 23 children.
ADDRESSING THE PLIGHT OF THE EXTREME POOR DURING THE PANDEMIC