We want to make sure that the most marginalized,
disadvantaged and vulnerable urban poor, including men,
women and children, have a fair chance to live a life of
health, happiness and dignity.
“Amrao Manush” (Improving Livelihoods of Urban Extreme Poor-Pavement Dweller Centre), is a program that works with the extremely deprived and vulnerable urban poor in Dhaka and Chittagong. With the support of Concern Worldwide, Irish Aid, Adhunika Foundation, USA( Sr. and Jr.), and some private donors, this program provides essential services to the urban poor, the majority of whom struggle against formidable odds to survive on pavements or in under-developed slums or squatter settlements.
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NEWS FROM AMRAO MANUSH
Pavement Dweller Centers
Participants Who Received Health Care
Participants Who Received Basic Necessities
Children Who Received Day Care Services
Total Block Grants Distributed (BDT Million)
Total Savings Deposited by Participants (BDT Million)
A Story of Resilience
Forty-year-old Reza Begum lives in Khilgaon Railgate Squatter with her three children. Life for her has been difficult from an early age, when her father went missing and her mother had to move to the city to find work.
She started begging when she was only seven years old and spent much of her childhood roaming the streets, begging for food trying to survive. When she was old enough, Reza got married to a rickshaw puller who later turned out to have addiction issues and regularly abused his family. He also had three children from a previous marriage that Reza was completely unaware of until after their marriage.
In order to survive and feed a now growing family, Reza started brick breaking. There she found out from a peer about SAJIDA Foundation and their initiatives. She reached out to the organization and was soon admitted into their Amrao Manush program in 2017. After a three day-long training on business and money-management, Reza finally received a block grant.
Reza turned her life around completely. With the money she received, she started her own business of selling bricks to different vendors and slowly widened her scope. Soon, she was employing others like her from the community and giving poor women a chance to live better. Now, Reza has a group of fellow women who run the business of breaking and selling bricks.
“I am finally able to give my children a good life, and a promise of a better tomorrow with the education they deserve!”
A Mother’s Tale | Momtaz
“I used to be so afraid of losing him. I was always scared that, someone would steal him and I would never know where to look for him,” recalls Momtaj with tears in her eyes. At the time, clutching her newborn child she named Morsalin, Momtaj had taken to the streets to beg once more.
Momtaj is a blind, 24-year-old mother who was discovered by the Amrao Manush Program as she lay on the street with her newborn child. This is her story.