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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. 

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.

Key information


Naria, Shariatpur district, Bangladesh


September 2018 - November 2018

Programme Value


Target Population

20,000 (4,500 households)

Implementing partners

Shariatpur Development Society (SDS) 

Funded by

UK aid, Start Fund Bangladesh


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.

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Emergency Relief Support to River Eroded People of Naria, Shariatpur