FH Canada walks with a community for 10 years on their unique journey from stuck to thriving. Right now Char Borobila is in the final years of partnership, while new communities in the sub-district of Ukhia are just beginning their 10 year journey!
The community of Char Borobila is settled near the banks of the Brahmaputra river. Most households in Char Borobila are dependent on a single wage earner, and men often work for less than a living wage while cultural stigmas prevent their wives from seeking an income. Thanks to FH involvement, thousands of women have been assisted in earning an income, and have become involved in Savings and Loans groups which provide additional financial security for their families. Char Borobila is working towards graduation from FH programming in 2023.
Ukhia is located on the eastern part of the coast, near the Rohingya refugee camp. Before the influx of refugees, Ukhia’s residents were already in a precarious position with poor sanitation, environmental degradation, and food insecurity. Now, the increased population has driven up market prices and has taken a further toll on the surrounding environment. It’s into this context that FH seeks to walk alongside the community on their journey out of extreme poverty.
Food for the Hungry walks alongside communities and leaders in Bangladesh to help them overcome their challenges and establish sustainable thriving. Together, they annually create five primary goals to address their biggest obstacles. This year, their goals are:
Emergency: Strengthen community resilience to crises and shocks created by COVID-19 community leadership
Education: Improve holistic development of children through early childhood interventions, continued child learning, and parent participation in learning
Health: Improve health and nutrition status of mothers and children
Livelihoods: Increase household income through training and income generating assets
Leadership Development: Increase adaptability through leadership training and increase women’s participation in community leadership
WHERE RESOURCES GO
FH believes that communities know best where
to focus their development efforts. Together with
FH Bangladesh staff, local leaders conduct an
annual audit to determine where time, energy, and
resources will be allocated. As a result, this pie chart
shifts every year to respond to the community’s
*Pie chart represents the breakdown of Child Focused
Community Transformation (CFCT) programming for Fiscal Year
2021 and excludes standalone projects