12 June 2024

From bystander to changemaker: Anayet's journey as an adolescent peer leader

When Anayet first set foot in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the struggle was immediate. At only nine, he was tasked with the daily, demanding ritual of gathering firewood and water for makeshift cooking for his family. As time passed, his responsibilities grew, and he found himself hauling gas cylinders, rice sacks and bamboo stalks…, Transformation Through Education, For Anayet, hope for change came three years ago in the form of case worker Salauddin, who saw him working in the camps. Salauddin visited Anayet’s home and convinced his father to send him to the multi-purpose centre, where he could learn vocational skills for his future and join an adolescent club to learn life skills. The multi-purpose centres…, A Ripple Effect of Change, Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin. 03Anayet From bystander to changemaker, Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin., UNICEF/UNI517321/Sujan Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp. 04Anayet From bystander to changemaker, Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp., UNICEF/UNI517314/Sujan Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin. Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp. Soon after joining the adolescent club at the multi-purpose centre at 13, Anayet witnessed child abuse and neglect close to home. "Our neighbour's 10-year-old…
29 May 2024

‘Now the place is clean we can all play!’: Six-year-old Shaila’s Joy

RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh - “Look!” six-year-old Shaila pointed to the sky as she heard noise from an airplane flying over the slum. Her soft and cheerful voice distracted other children who were focused on Shaila’s serious cooking performance. Peering up, they gazed at the sky with sheer wonder. “Airplane!” the group exclaimed. It was late in the…, Skin diseases, worms, and diarrhea, Shaila and her family live in an urban slum that is home to 200 low-income families in Rajshahi city. Her mum stays at home while her father, Ripon, beats the road as an auto-rickshaw driver. Shaila is close to her sister, Ria, who is eight years older than her.  Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. Ria often helps…, (From left to right) Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. Ria often helps her mom take care of Shaila; both enjoy drawing and learning., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. 03Rajshahi Water treatment plant, (From left to right) Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. Ria often helps her mom take care of Shaila; both enjoy drawing and learning., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. Ria often helps her mom take care of Shaila; both enjoy drawing and learning. Ria, Shaila, and Sathi enjoy some free time in front of their house. Growing up, both girls were living and breathing foul sewage. In their minds linger memories of open…, Community-based technologies: a game changer, Shaila feels happy. She no longer has to cover her nose to escape the bad smell daily; her skin isn’t itching, and she stops having a sick stomach. Unbeknownst to her, the UNICEF-supported fecal sludge and wastewater treatment plant, along with its pipe connection to latrines, has turned the open space clean. The nearby pond, now mostly free of…, The UNICEF-supported water treatment plant can treat 4,000 litres of wastewater per day, serving 100 families. It is taken care of by a community of women, led by Salma, in the neighborhood., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu The UNICEF-supported water treatment plant can treat 4,000 litres of wastewater per day, serving 100 families 06Rajshahi Water treatment plant., The UNICEF-supported water treatment plant can treat 4,000 litres of wastewater per day, serving 100 families. It is taken care of by a community of women, led by Salma, in the neighborhood., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu The UNICEF-supported water treatment plant can treat 4,000 litres of wastewater per day, serving 100 families The UNICEF-supported water treatment plant can treat 4,000 litres of wastewater per day, serving 100 families “The treated wastewater is clean, has no odour, and can be used for bathing, washing clothes, and…, Salma walks through the slum neighborhood and visits other women leaders in her community. The slum alleyways have become cleaner after UNICEF-supported interventions., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu Salma walks through the slum neighborhood and visits other women leaders in her community 08Rajshahi Water treatment plant., Salma walks through the slum neighborhood and visits other women leaders in her community. The slum alleyways have become cleaner after UNICEF-supported interventions., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Himu Salma walks through the slum neighborhood and visits other women leaders in her community Salma walks through the slum neighborhood and visits other women leaders in her community, Shaila cannot wait for tomorrow, Shaila happily washes her hands after hanging out with her friends. Shaila happily washes her hands after hanging out with her friends. As Shaila finishes playing with her kitchen toys, she walks a few steps to the water handpump across her house and asks her sister Ria to help press its handle. Under the cascading well water, Shaila carefully…
21 May 2024

Devastating fire ravaged Korail Slum, leaving thousands homeless

In the narrow alleyways of the Korail slums, remnants of a fire outbreak still haunt the landscape, with charred discards of houses and their belongings scattered amidst the debris. On the late afternoon of March 24, around 3,000 people living in this area lost everything they had built with years of hard work and dedication to a ravaging fire.…, Echoes of loss, "I was cooking for my family when the fire broke out. I managed to save only a chest of drawers while telling my eldest son to take his sisters and leave the place before it got too crowded. We lost everything twice to fire in the last ten years. We were planning to relocate to our ancestral home, but now we are again left with nothing. My…, Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses UNI_Slum_Fire__04, Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble., UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses after the fire completely destroyed their homes, reducing all their belongings to rubble. Like hundreds of other families, Soheda and her family have been living in makeshift tent houses The devastating fire not only…, Rebuilding dreams, "My elder daughter Kashfia had been going to the hub for the last three years. Kaniz too had just started accompanying her sister," shared Soheda. "However, they could not go after the fire incident because they both fell ill. Since our house got burned, we have been living in this tent, which gets very hot during the day and when it rains at…, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire UNI_Slum_Fire__10, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire UNI_Slum_Fire__32.JPG, Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the original one was engulfed by the fire Children from the Korail slum participating in different activities at the makeshift Child Protection Community Hub, established after the…, Hope amidst desolation, The dedication of community facilitators to serving children in need despite their own challenges provided a testament to their unwavering commitment and selflessness. These individuals, many of whom have lost their own households and suffered personal losses, demonstrated incredible strength as they remained focused on delivering support to…, Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins UNI_Slum_Fire__26, Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins Taslima with her daughter, Mim, standing in front of what used to be her house, now nothing more than a pile of ashes and ruins Reflecting on the support received, Taslima, another victim of…, Future beyond ashes, Standing amidst the ashes of her home and recounting the challenges they have been enduring since the outbreak, Taslima added, “We are left with only a wooden cot and have to live under the scorching sun with no roof above. Even the toilets are completely destroyed. Sometimes Mim abruptly wakes up from sleep, shouting ‘fire’. The family kit and…, People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh UNI_korail_kit_46.JPG, People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh, UNICEF Bangladesh/2024/Mukut People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, Representative, UNICEF Bangladesh People affected by the Korail fire receiving family kits from Honourable Minister, Dr. Deepu Moni, Ministry of Social Welfare, and Mr.…