Developing a safety net for urban marginalized disadvantaged children
3.4 million people live in the slums under Dhaka Metropolitan Authority. The slums are often populated by migrants who, fleeing the extreme poverty of many rural areas, are forced to migrate to major cities seeking employment. They end up living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, with minimal access to education and legal aid or to social power structures. Children are most at risk in this situation and the lack of available services, in addition to low socio-economic status and unsafe environment, leave them extremely vulnerable.
The project aims to improve the access to key services- education, health and legal support- for the most marginalized children and their families through an effective dissemination of information in the slum community and the reinforcement of the network among service providers and the Local Authority. Wider and fair access to key services will be ensured working for the removal of physical barriers and a discriminatory attitude; and through an improvement of the existing services. In particular the project will work on five different levels: a) Development and dissemination in our centres and outside schools of Inclusive Education curriculum; b) Formulation of a training module on Psychological support for the children victims of abuse; c) Upgrading of infrastructures and WATSAN facilities in order to meet universal accessibility standards; d) Mobilization of the marginalized community living in the slum areas on health, education and civic rights and dissemination of useful information on the available key services; e) Strengthening of the network and co-operation among NGOs, CBOs and Local Authorities.