Dhaka Shishu Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


1.In order to improve the nutrition status of children, the ADP conducted a PD Hearth program with 358 severe & moderate malnourished children under 3 years old. The Project also regularly monitor their nutritional status through Growth Monitoring Promotion & home visits. Caregivers involved reported that PD hearth program opened their eyes. Before participating in the hearth program they gave street food to their children and thought nutritious food was very expensive. Now they know to prepare nutritious food in low cost but it is delicious, nutritious, and healthy & children like most to eat these type of food. Caregivers are also now measuring their children's weight monthly. As a result, 81% of children involved have recovered to a healthy weight. 2.In order to improve the nutrition status of children, the ADP conducted nutrition trainings in the community for 120 mothers and adolescents. 3.Behavioral change for sanitation and hygiene has also become a priority in the health program. In an urban slum, the incidents of water born disease were a very common. Using unsafe water and not using proper hygiene practices causes those communicable diseases. In order to solve for this, health project conducted awareness raising sessions in the community on safe water, sanitation, hand washing and hygienic practices. This has contributed to 690 households reporting boiling their water according to the recommendations. 4.In order to improve the quality and accessibility of essential health care, the ADP partnered with the local Government Office and local NGOs to provide care at a lower cost to vulnerable families. ADP staff also conducted awarness session in the community on the use of primary health care. These efforts have contributed to 100% of pregnant women receiving a Tetanus vaccine and 100% delivering their last baby with a skilled birth attendant. 5.In order to increase community capacity to initiate and manage educational interventions in schools, the ADP formed School Management Committees. Over the past year, 57 committee members were trained in how to monitor school management, teacher performance, childrens attendance, and overall school performance. SMC members are also building relationships with local Government educational officers to improve the quality of education in their communities. 6.In order to enhance the quality of education, the project trained 110 teachers in improved teaching methodologies, allowing children to enjoy school and learn more easily. 7.In order to improve education opportunities for under-educated adults and access challenged children, the Education Project partnered with local CBOs and initiated the Non Formal Education Program for school dropout children and working street children. During the last reporting period 330 (Girls 215, boys115) children attended the course and many of them completed the 1st and 2nd cycle of the course. After completion of the 3rd and final cycle of the course, these children/youth will be graduated and will be able to apply to formal schools or vocational technical institutions. To facilitate this transition, the project is starting to strengthening networks with local schools, universities and technical institutions so students will have a better chance for admission.8.In order to increase the capacity of children in lifeskills, the program has formed 12 Life Skills-based Education Groups and trained 240 children on Life Skills curriculum. The life-skill based education (LSBE) program has been really very interesting for children. Through this programme children are being abled to increase their capacity to have good judgment, make decision, protect themselves, manage emotions, and communicate ideas. Moreover, the children are being taught how to face difficult life situations. 9.In order to diversify income and increase household resilience to disasters, the ADP trained 424 CBO and vulnerable community members on different trades. 10.In order to promote gender equality, the ADP conducted awareness sessions on gender equality with 578 CBO and community members. As a result, 40% of women report having more decision making ability in their families than before. 11.In order to create sustainable change in the community, the ADP trained 146 CBO leaders in managing development activities. As a result, CBOs are now conducting 26 development activities on their own including child forums, dramas, art and music classes for students, and income generating activities to have money to run all the programs. 12.A total 6 Child Forums are working in the community and a central Child Forum is working also. They conduct meeting regularly and keep minutes properly. They plan by themselves and implement that as per plan. They maintain library, provide winter dress for poor, provide festival dress for poor, publish annual magazine, arrange cultural event. They are working to enhance leadership skill, prevent early marriage, dowry and child labor

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Protection, Disability, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS


  • Bangladesh>Dhaka>Dhaka


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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