Gazipur Programme Unit
Area: 465.24 sq. km
Sponsored children: Around 6,000
Plan started work in Gazipur in 1996. Parts of the area are still covered by woods but they have been increasingly cleared by the growing population for cultivating rice and erecting houses.
In the past decade, Sreepur sub-district has seen a tremendous increase in the value of its land and more and more rich developers are buying these lands to establish small industries or family ranches. This has resulted in severe deforestation.
Strengthening community relationships
Plan is creating environments that respect child rights and enable meaningful and effective development in communities. We are building on the capacities of community-based organisations and children’s organisations, and working with and influencing local government institutions.
Learning and education
Plan provides opportunities for children’s interactive and reflective learning. We work with primary schools and alternative education systems to promote quality education and community participation in issues that affect them.Part of our work on education is to influence the national processes of educational policy and the methods in which the curriculum is formulated, revised and executed.
Plan emphasises children’s rights to survival, growth and development. We work with formal and informal health providers to promote health and nutrition at home and increase coverage of quality services.
We are expanding our services for adolescents and children with disabilities. HIV and AIDS is an important area, considering the wide population living abroad, the proximity to industrial zones and the semi-urban development of the area. We are also working to establish total sanitation and eradicate open defecation.
Family economic security
Plan addresses the survival and development issues of children by enhancing families’ disposable income, developing skills and increasing access to savings and credit.
We are expanding a system of flexible savings, with an aim to reach the poorest section of the population. We are also promoting scientific agriculture which has enhanced the economic and health security of families and increased communities' livelihoods.
Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
Plan works in Gazipuar to build the capacity of teachers and students in 157 schools. Participants learn about how to prepare for an earthquake and deal with one if and when it happens.
Protection of Vulnerable Children (POVC) Programme
Plan has established functional child-protection-reporting and responding mechanisms in 157 primary schools. Plan’s work has contributed to an increase in the average age girl’s marry from 16 to 18 years old. This was achieved by raising awareness among parents and promoting birth registration, as well as stepping up children’s participation with the setting up of children’s groups. The Gazipur Programme Unit also facilitates online birth registration throughout the district.