FORMAL & NON-FORMAL SCHOOLING SERVICES

Children enrolled in day care are encouraged to be enrolled in formal school when they turn 6 years of old. Amrao Manush also assists new service users with children (age 6 and above) to gain admission to formal schools. The program also provides assistance with stationery supplies and tutorial support. Older children who experience difficulties engaging in formal schooling can take a 1-year informal educational curriculum designed by Amrao Manush. After completion of the program, children are offered to continue with further education or gain vocational training for job opportunities

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT DAY CARE SERVICES

Day care centers have been established to assist women who seek employment to provide a safe space for their children’s development and education. The Early Childhood Development program aims to ensure holistic development of children, focusing on mitigating abuse; sessions are hosted to provide orientation to parents on nutrition, diet, food preparation and participatory cooking lessons. Additionally, positive parenting sessions are also regularly conducted with a focus on fathers. Till now, 1,795 children have been provided day care services, among them 230 children are currently registered.
Early Childhood Development

SUPPORTING ACCESS TO SOCIAL SERVICES AND RIGHTS

Since the program’s inception, SAJIDA has been working closely with key urban stakeholders, including government and non-government institutions, community leaders, and ward councillors to raise awareness and provide access for the urban poor to basic rights and social services. As such, Amrao Manush has developed an ongoing collaboration with North and South Dhaka City Corporations to obtain NIDs and birth certificates for beneficiaries and ensure that they are acknowledged as citizens.

HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Health care is a significant need of pavement dwellers who are prone to illnesses particularly due to lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation and unhygienic living conditions. Since they cannot afford proper treatment, they rely on herbal remedies or pharmacies which often result in inadequate or incorrect diagnosis and treatment. To address this gap in services, a health corner has been established at our PDCs where a paramedic performs consultations, basic treatments and referrals to health centers and hospitals when required. Alongside service delivery, we also help raise awareness about health issues through group meetings.

ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION FACILITIES

Urban poverty is characterized by inadequate access to safe water and sanitation facilities. The project works in targeted communities to provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for new and existing members. The project works to provide affordable and improved access to water and sanitation facilities through establishing access to legal water points in under-developed slum communities in collaboration with WASA, related stakeholders and negotiating with influential community leaders.

COVID-19 Initiatives

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event, affecting over 200 countries, including Bangladesh. Lockdown measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus have had an adverse impact on the livelihoods and food security of the urban poor who often rely on daily earnings and have limited savings. During the lockdown, SAJIDA Foundation has stood steadfast in supporting the members of urban extreme poor communities, distributing food and soap packages among 20,786 service users from 5,470 households. Furthermore, in the initial stages of lockdown, SAJIDA Foundation’s WASH and AMP teams collaborated to strategically install 17 portable handwashing devices to provide targeted support to urban poor communities who did not have regular access to soap and water. Through the creation of COVID-19 volunteer network the project has worked with urban poor communities for many years to establish a network of Community Ambassadors throughout Dhaka and Chittagong. These ambassadors collaborate with SAJIDA Foundation to organize activities, empower their communities and discuss their communities’ concerns and needs.

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