For orphans and their families in Bangladesh, it is a daily struggle finding enough food to last from morning until night. Focusing just on staying alive, there is no time to worry about housing conditions – but dilapidated shelters and contaminated water lead to illnesses, making survival even more difficult.
Islamic Relief identified 100 of the most vulnerable orphans, prioritising female and disabled children, and built them sturdy new homes using locally sourced materials. Many were travelling long distances to water sources polluted by open toilets, so each home was supplied with a latrine, and 94 tube wells were installed – providing safe water not just to the orphans, but the surrounding community too.
Finally, an awareness session was held to teach families about house maintenance and water sanitation, in the hope of halting dangerous but preventable waterborne diseases, such as dysentery and diarrhoea. 7-year-old Shudha Rani’s mother has long wished for a better home for her children: “I always worried about my children’s future, how they would survive and where they would sleep. But I was struggling for food, so how could I build a house?” Now, however, she has reclaimed some of her dignity. “Islamic Relief has given us the opportunity to live with respect. It is a great gift to us.”
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