Water logging a thing of the past
Forida Begum's home was seasonally water logged and unsafe for her family, with electricity coming dangerously close to the saturated floor. With help from a Habitat for Humanity program, the mud floor was replaced with a cement floor that is higher and less vulnerable to flooding.
The family have also benefited from a new, secure door to improve security, WaSH (water and sanitation hygiene) training, waste management training and construction technology training. They also access the new community well and public toilets.
"The floor used to be wet and cold all the time and now there is no water logging and it's easier to clean," Forida said.
Forida, 35, says her husband works away, meaning many of the household tasks and maintenance are left to her. She does decorative beaded needle work for shoes to earn a living. She has three daughters, Nila, 14, Sheela, 11 and Sohani, 8 and two year old son Amir Ali. In Bangladesh where 30 per cent of girls are married before 14, Forida is already worried her 14-year-old daughter Nila Akhter will not find a suitable husband because she is tall and her skin is dark. Nila helps with the needle work and with raising her siblings.
The 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.