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…
31 March 2024

Courage over fear: Surviving child abuse and violence

In Barishal Sadar's Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) Industrial Zone, the harsh realities of poverty weigh heavily on its residents, where marginalized families struggle to make ends meet. In the face of poverty, many families cannot provide the basic needs for their children, leaving them vulnerable to the perils of an…, Empowering vulnerable children and adolescents, Responding to this pressing need, UNICEF, jointly with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), initiated the Sports for Development (S4D) programme for vulnerable children and adolescents. It serves as a beacon of hope for these children, keeping them away from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect in an otherwise bleak landscape. The S4D…, Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy development and resilience against harmful practices like child abuse and gender violence. Farzana getting trained in self-defense from Tinny, her dedicated trainer in the S4D program, fostering healthy…, Self-defense for a stronger tomorrow, ‘May it be in this country or any other location in the world, everywhere children and adolescents face challenges - especially if they are subjected to harassment or abuse,’ says 23-year-old trainer, Nawrin Akter Tinny. ‘Girls are more vulnerable in such cases because they are easy targets for abusers and assaulters. Learning basic self-defense…, In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Haque In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports, offering a glimmer of hope in the darkest of times. In the face of adversity, programmes like Sports for Development (S4D) stand as a testament to the transformative power of sports,…, Transforming vulnerability into courage, The S4D programme has made significant strides in reaching out to the community in Barishal. Four dedicated trainers, assisted by Community Mobilizers (CMs) and Community Facilitators (CFs), trained 100 participants for four days, of which 70% are girls.  With their assistance, parents, community members, and caregivers are now encouraged to…
27 March 2023

“I used to be scared of people because of how they treated us”

Hasib does not know his exact age. He guesses that he should be 12 now, and that he first came to Dhaka from his village in southwestern Bangladesh when he was just 7. He does not remember much of his childhood, but he remembers how sad and angry he felt when he had to leave his home, in search of a better life. His father had left the family, and…, Forced to fend for the family, Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister. Hasib sells books and chocolate to travellers passing through the bus terminal to support his mother and younger sister. Hasib lived on the streets with his mother Hasina for several years. With the…, A sanctuary for children who have nowhere else to go, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children, UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children, Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a healthy meal. At the hubs, children also receive counselling, and have the opportunity to play and learn with other children. Hasib at a UNICEF Child Protection Service Hub, practising his school work, resting and eating a…, Back to school and a place to stay, Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own. Hasib plays with his younger sister Mim in the slum neighbourhood where they now have a room of their own. The pressure of providing for his mother and sister sometimes became too much for Hasib. When he first…, Social workers making a difference, Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family. With her support, Hasib started going to school again. Makhsuda – a social worker at the hub – continues to keep in touch with Hasib and his family. With her support, Hasib started going to school again. Hasib’s story shows how a skilled and motivated…