Nabir Foundation is an organisation that is working closely with families and communities to create an environment that protects, promotes and educates children and adults in the South Asian region of Bangladesh. With your much valued help and support, we believe we can help underprivileged people in Bangladesh by providing them with the basic tools they need to start living their lives afresh.
Across Bangladesh access to clean, safe drinking water is almost completely impossible, with 32 million people having little to no access to water, and families suffering from diarrhoea, causing increasing illnesses and even death.
Bangladesh' located between India and Burma on the Bay of Bengal, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
More than 160 million people are crowded onto its deltas and its low lying lands are subject to severe monsoon flooding which every year destroys livelihoods and displaces huge numbers of people.
Water-related diseases are responsible for 24% of all deaths in Bangladesh.
Every year, gastroenteritis and diarrhoeal diseases kill 110,000 children below the age of five.
Arsenic in water sources is a huge problem. It occurs naturally and has been found in 61 of Bangladesh's 64 regions, putting 30 million at risk.
School for Street Children
Every child has a right to education. Over two million Bangladeshi children
live in the slums and streets. They have little or no access to basic education.
Although primary education has been declared free and compulsory, many
parents cannot afford to send their children to schools due to financial and
social factors. Being members of very poor families, these children are often
involved in different odd jobs to supplement their family income. Nabir Foundation wants
to reach a small segment of these children by providing them with basic
education through its Education Extension Program.
Poor people live in impoverished neighbourhoods with no or little access to the
amenities of life. Many of them are recent immigrants from rural areas and
have been crowding in squatter settlements, popularly known as bostee
(slum). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) defines a slum as a "cluster of
compact settlements of five or more households which generally grow very
unsystematically and haphazardly in an unhealthy condition and atmosphere
on government and private vacant land"(BBS, 1999). According to a BBS
survey carried out in 1997, there are 2,991 slums in the country. The majority of
the slum-dwellers live in makeshift houses called jhupri (shanty). Slums
have the following characteristics:
Predominantly very poor housing structure
Very high housing density
Poor sewerage and drainage or even no such facility
Inadequate, unhealthy drinking water supply
Little or no paved road and
Inhabited by poor, uneducated and below poverty level people.
Most of the slum-dwellers are recent immigrants from rural areas who are
victims of different processes of pauperisation. They come mainly for
economic reasons. Among other reasons are social (uprooted, driven out,
abandoned, etc.) or natural disasters (river erosion).