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Destruction caused by Padma river erosion

Emergency relief to those affected by river erosion in Bangladesh

The programme is providing emergency cash assistance to 4,500 households recently displaced caused by erosion of the Padma River in the Naria sub-district of Shariatpur region of Bangladesh. 

Funded by UK aid and Start Fund Bangladesh, the project is being implemented by the Shariatpur Development Society, with support from Christian Aid. HelpAge International and Handicap International are also providing technical support assistance to the elderly and disabled people. 

Key information

Location

Naria, Shariatpur district, Bangladesh

Timescale

September 2018 - November 2018

Programme Value

£297,196

Target Population

20,000 (4,500 households)

Implementing partners

Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) 

Funded by

UK aid, Start Fund Bangladesh

 

Our aims

To respond to the immediate needs of the river-erosion affected population of Naria, Shariatpur district of Bangladesh with cash grants, personal hygiene products and assistive devices for disabled people.

Our approach

The programme targets one of the most vulnerable communities of the country. Our local partner will deliver multi-purpose cash grants, assistive devices to those with disabilities, and distribute hygiene kits supported by hygiene promotion campaigns. The programme is inclusive in nature and prioritises households that are women-headed and have children, elderly or other family members with disabilities.

One of the women with a hygiene kit provided by the programme

One of the women with a hygiene kit provided by the programme

Key achievements

  • 4,500 families received hygiene kits and approximately £40 as an unconditional cash grant.
  • 158 elderly and those with disabilities received assistive devices.
  • Hygiene promotion and awareness campaigns were run in the local area. 
Shahnaz on the banks of the Padma river

River erosion brings misery for Shahnaz

Shahnaz, a 30-year old woman from one of the erosion-affected villages of Naria, is responsible for her family, as her husband, Abdul Gani has been sick for a long time. With 4 children to feed and educate, Shahnaz is the sole bread winner of the family. 

She had a small tailoring shop from which she made £30 to 40 a month. However, as the banks of the mighty Padma became unstable, Shahnaz lost her tailoring shop and home to the river. The family were displaced and the children stopped going to school. She had to start begging just to survive and support her family.

Under the project, she received £45 as unconditional cash support as well as hygiene kits for the family. She is hoping to re-start her tailoring venture with this grant. “I have to buy medicine for my husband also. If I can re-start the business, I will be able to send my children to school again”, says Shahnaz.

Funded by

UK aid logo
Start Fund Bangladesh logo

Working with

SDS logo
Help Age logo
Handicap International logo