Renewed home and life for Nazma
Nazma Khatun, 45, shares one room with her 18-year-old son in one of the many urban slums in Dhaka. The one solitary room is used for sleeping, cooking and living. With just two small windows, it's humble, but it's home. And today it's much easier to clean, more hygienic and stable after an overhaul from a Habitat for Humanity program.
The upgrades included establishing foundations, cement flooring and raising the plinth height to successfully tackle ongoing water logging problems. Two formerly derelict walls are now solid brick and the family has access to hygienic community toilets. Mohammad Sabbir Hossain supports his mother by working on needle embroidery in a nearby workshop. Nazma has also benefited from WaSH (water and sanitation hygiene) training, waste management training and construction technology training so basic maintenance on the house is achieveable. The program, Building Resilience in Urban Slum Settlements, was completed in the Talab Camp, Mirpur, Dhaka in September 2013. Funded by AusAID, the program is a whole of community improvement program including drainage, waste management, water, sanitation and housing.