'Inadequate food and lack of hygiene have always been a concern for the vulnerable communities in the Haors of Bangladesh'
Child rights organization Educo Bangladesh recently provided support to more than 13,500 families as part of its emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organization distributed food to 1,000 marginalized indigenous families in Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabganj districts, and provided bot food, hygiene support and an additional 280 child- food packages to 1,270 underprivileged people living in brothels in Rajbari and Faridpur districts.
“Like many countries in the world, children and their families from the most vulnerable backgrounds in Bangladesh are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19. It is high time to think and act collectively to protect these families and children from the negative impacts of the pandemic”, said Abdul Hamid, country director of Educo Bangladesh, in a press release.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, Educo Bangladesh has been supporting the disadvantaged people of the country. Educo Bangladesh previously supported around 8,000 families and children in the first step of their Covid-19 response, providing either cash or food support and hygiene kit supply, the press release added.
“Inadequate food and lack of hygiene have always been a concern for the vulnerable communities in the Haors of Bangladesh. During the Covid-19 pandemic, children and their families in these areas are facing unexpected hardships, difficulties with access to markets and shortages of agricultural supplies,” it further said.
Educo Bangladesh has distributed food packages (rice, lentil, fortified vegetable oil, potato, salt, sugar/brown sugar molasses) and hygiene kits (bathing soap, detergent powder, bucket with lid and tap for hand washing, 02 masks) to 313 families in Haor and hygiene packages to 8,956 families living in Tea gardens in Moulvibazar, according to the release.
Nazmul Haque, executive director of the Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA), said: “The harsh reality is that the tea garden workers live in a very dense area where ensuring social distancing is a challenge. We didn’t only distribute hygiene kits to the tea garden communities but also taught them about hygiene practices and child protection aligned with the current situation.”
This short-term emergency project is funded by ChildFund Korea and Educo Bangladesh has implemented the response through its partners, namely Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Sachetan, Shapla Mohila Shangstha (SMS), Multipurpose Socio-Economic Development Association (MSEDA), Breaking The Silence (BTS), Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA) and Procheshta.