Ten years old Taslima finally got her access to safe water at cyclone affected displaced community living in shanties on the embankment in Koyra, Khulna, Bangladesh.
WaterAid served over thirteen thousand climate refugees of coastal belt of Bangladesh with safe water, hygiene and sanitaion services. Taslima’s mother says, “This tap water at our doorstep comes as an unbelievable experience to us; I don’t need to tow water down from miles now and can give more time to my family.”
Kumkum, eight, is happy and thankful to have clean water close to home, TT para sweeper colony, Dhaka.
Sweepers, one of the most neglected and marginalised communities, often lack many basic facilities including water and sanitation. WaterAid has been working with them to cater their needs to live a life with dignity.
PainuChing is very happy that she can take a bath in her village instead of going to the small river at the bottom of the hill, Ruma, Bandarban, Bangladesh.
Though the gravity flow project of WaterAid is yet to finish, she gladly uses it, rather than climbing up and down the hills.
A girl of Fulbaria Pilot High School shows a
pocket book on menstrual hygiene management by WaterAid. Though menstruation is
a natural process that every girl and women goes through, not many talk on this
and hence have misconceptions leading to health hazard, Mymensingh.
WaterAid's work on menstrual
hygiene helped improve life of many, especially the school girls, who are now
confident and less stressed during their periods.
Residents walk home after collecting water from the new supply point at RakibnagarAbashon, Shakhipur, Tangail, Bangladesh.
WaterAid started constructing a submersible pump system, which will pipe water to each home in the community. The pump is installed and other infrastructure is being built. However, people started using it.
Poppy, a 25 year old wheelchair user, with the chicks she raises outside the new latrine block for persons with disability, of which she is the caretaker, Beltola slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“Before we got the toilet and shower block, I couldn’t wash for two months at a time. I have nowhere to live, but I sleep here in the roofed area of the toilet block.”
A woman and her child return from fetching water from a dirty water source, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
During floods low-lying parts of Dhaka are inundated, water sources get polluted. Women, who are primarily responsible for collecting water, have to go to great lengths to fetch water.
An islander (char) women carries water from miles after flood in Kurigram, Bangladesh.
Chars in Bangladesh are subject to frequent flush flood. Every year during monsoon it is submerged. The water comes up to waist height. People have to live on the roof.
The flood then runs off leaving the water and sanitation facilities non-functioning. It is difficult for the poor people living in chars to rebuild latrines and waterpoint.
Suvodra Modal, 96, by her solar distillation panel, Boiragirchak village, Koyra, Bangladesh.
Suvodra finds it as a blessing. “Earlier for fresh water we’d have to stand in a long queue. It took so much time that we’d go to the pond instead. As I’m old I’d only carry a small pot, I then try to drink as less water as possible. Now I get enough safe water for drinking.”