Kamrangirchor Composite Development Project in Bangladesh
Picca’s project in Bangladesh is based in Kamrangirchor, Dhaka. Kamrangirchor is a 5.5 square kilometre island over the river Buriganga, where 1.2 million people live in slum-like conditions. The environment here is scarred by factory residue, rubbish, waste and poor sanitation. The community suffers from high levels of unemployment, and where there is employment it is usually in under remunerated casual labour in factories, construction, rickshaw pulling or domestic service.
Economic pressures force many young people to abandon education in order to contribute to family income through their labour. This leads to ongoing low literacy rates and decreased opportunities to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.
PiCCA is partnering with the Symbiosis Foundation (SF) to facilitate the development of a community service hub in this area. The hub aims to enable the delivery of a range of much needed services to the community including pre-school education, vocational training, women’s self-help, health awareness (including nutrition, hygienic living and safe water), clinics in dental health, eye health, and antenatal, safe birthing and postnatal care.
PiCCA’s contribution is specifically targeted at the purchase of capital items, particularly health related capital items, to assist SF implement its broader strategy in the development of this hub.