Talab Camp project complete
Sixteen major homes renovations are complete, a new waste management system implemented and commmunity latrines installed in our first urban-based project in Bangladesh. The pilot program included renovations such as raising the plinth height with concrete molding, new doors, windows and wall repairs. Also, 300 feet of drains were cleaned and repaired. A community toilet with 16 chambers was added as well as one underground water reservoir and 1075 feet (RFT) of walkways and courtyard and one bathhouse with two chambers. The project included a day-long cleaning event (pictured) to introduce the new waste management system. The project, called “Building Resilience in Urban Slum Settlements” was funded by AusAID to improve the Talab Camp at Mirpur in Dhaka which is home to thousands of people.
Training offers new hope
Sewing and business training from Habitat Bangladesh has boosted the confidence and job prospects of 25-year-old mother Shathi Akter.
She gave up her part-time job for two months to undertake the training which she says has given her confidence and an opportunity to supplement her family's income.
After completion of the training she is planning to go back to her old part-time job as a loan collector and start her own business at home. She is planning to get contracts from the local market and from her village.