Safer home for Shabana
Shabana and her four children have a more secure and healthier place to live, thanks to the upgrades made in her community by a Habitat for Humanity program. In the small one room house, the mud floor is now cement and the flimsy broken door is solid steel and lockable, ensuring better safety for the family of mostly women.
"Everyone is feeling good and happy something has been done for the community," Shabana said of the community's satisfaction with the program outcomes.
"Before we would struggle to collect water," she said.
Shabana now uses the well and in-home water filter provided by Habitat to ensure drinking water is healthy for her family. They also use the new community toilets and attended training sessions on WaSH (water and sanitation hygiene), waste management and construction technology.
At 30, Shabana is mum to three girls Popy age 13, Roshni, 10, Neha, 6, and four-year-old son Reyaz Uddin. Shabana's husband left five years ago and doesn't support the family, leaving Shabana and the two older girls to produce decorative bead work for shoes for 1000 taka a week to support the family. Their home is also their work place, so the improved floor and security is vital to their livelihood.
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.