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Our mission is to aid and support children suffering from poverty, sickness, lack of education or who have experienced physical or moral violence, by offering them the opportunity and the hope of a new life. It is an independent, lay organisation and is also designated an ONLUS (Non-profit organisation of social value). It operates without discrimination of culture, ethnicity and religion and upholds the United Nations rights of the child. The Foundation works around the world and is closest to the weakest and most neglected children offering them food, medicine, health care, education and programmes for social reintegration. In pursuing its goal, Mission Bambini is inspired by the following values: freedom, justice, truth, respect for others and solidarity.
The Habitat International Coalition (HIC) is the global network for rights related to habitat. Through solidarity, networking and support for social movements and organizations, HIC struggles for social justice, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and works in the defense, promotion and realization of human rights related to housing and land in both rural and urban areas.
To build the capacity of the most vulnerable communities in the region to ensure sustainable use of natural resources, provide eco-friendly means of living, reduce the adverse effects of climate change and improve their socio-economic condition while maintaining the ecological balance.
The UK-Bangladesh Education Trust seeks to contribute to the relief of poverty, social injustice and exclusion from civil society in Bangladesh through innovative programs run in partnership with local individuals, organizations and agencies. The UK Bangladesh Education Trust (UKBET) is a registered charity in UK) and International NGO in Bangladesh. Founded in 1993, it has built strong educational links between the two countries to provide educational training and support in Bangladesh. At present, we have three programs. Please find brief description of them : 1. Doorstep learning project (DSLP) for the children engaged in domestic labour : Research and surveys conducted by ILO, UNICEF, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), indicate that more than 4 million children and adults are employed as domestic workers in Bangladesh and 83% of these, mostly children, are female. The employment of children doing domestic work is in violation of the national convention 1989, United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC), ILO minimum age Convention (No.138) and the ILO's worst form of Child Labour Convention (No.182). In addition to working in harsh and demanding conditions and facing abuse and exploitation, children doing domestic work are deprived of the opportunity to access education. Approximately one-third of domestic workers are not literate, 37% can only write their names and less than a quarter (23%) have any experience of primary level education. Child domestic workers can also suffer from extremely low self-esteem and confidence linked to humiliation, abuse and mistreatment from employers; lack of time with families and friends; being unaware of their rights; their socio-economic condition. Child domestic workers are often exposed to physical, mental and sexual violence by their employers. Physical violence, torture, sometimes leading to fatal injuries, and suicide are not uncommon. Child domestic workers can face beating, having their heads banged against the wall, cigarette burns, sexual harassment and rape. Non-payment of salary is also used as a form of control. UK Bangladesh Education Trust (UKBET) has initiated "Doorstep learning project"- an innovative project for the education, rehabilitation and over all wellbeing of these children. Child domestic workers are unlikely to be allowed to walk/travel to a nearby education centre by their employers. To be responsive to these issues, and to maximise the project's impact, we take the learning opportunities directly to the child domestic workers' doorsteps. The project starts with careful and sensitive negotiations with the working children's parents/carers and employers as their 'buy-in' and support is essential for the success of the project and to help create the socio-cultural context for subsequent shifts in perspectives, policies and practice. The innovative project involves the following: - undertake awareness-raising among domestic workers, their parents/carers and employers - train and support teachers recruited from targeted community to provide literacy, numeracy and life skills classes, support and signposting/referrals for child domestic workers and their families - provide 1:1 and small group literacy, numeracy and life skills programmes for child domestic workers at or near the homes in which they work - provide regular leisure/enrichment activities - undertake awareness-raising activities including public meetings and workshops - monitor and evaluate the impact of the project - develop and freely share an intervention model with supporting guidance and materials to support replication and upscaling nationally. The project has started working in 08 different wards of Sylhet City Corporation (north eastern city of Bangladesh) involving 96 Children, 85% of whom are girls, from January, 2019. Since there is a huge demand for our work, we would like to expand to the other 19 wards of Sylhet City Corporation and other areas of Bangladesh. The children undertaking domestic work who will benefit from the donation are some of the most vulnerable and exploited children in the world. The Doorstep Learning project will engage, support and have a transformative impact for children doing domestic work, 80% girls, aged between 5 to 14 years old. 2. UKBET's working children project for the children engaged in domestic labour: One morning, Munna, a boy of 12 and a welder, woke up and struggled to open his eyes. He was in extreme pain as his eyes were burning. His friends said that he had been injured by the gas from a welding machine. Like many other working children, he spends his days welding without any safety glasses. 13 year old Abu Sufian used to work in a lathe machine workshop in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He had a potentially fatal injury at work when a heavy metal bar dropped on to one of his legs. He had to undergo major surgery as his femoral artery was almost ruptured. It took him almost a year to recover from this injury and to be able to walk again. In Bangladesh 3.4 million children are engaged as child laborers. Among them 1.2 million like Munna or Abu Sufian are working in hazardous and exploitative conditions in the informal economy. They frequently suffer from accidents and injuries due to the absence of any health and safety measures. Working very long hours in unsafe conditions like these, has a serious and long-lasting physical and psychological impact on these children. UKBET has initiated "UKBET's working children project"- a project to support working children move from hazardous work into formal education or vocational training or non-hazardous work. With permission from their parents and employers, children come to UKBET's Centres for Working Children several times a week. This is an important opportunity for them to develop their skills in literacy and numeracy as well as learning important life skills. The project activities also include awareness raising program for the families of the children and the employers who employ children in hazardous work, and support to raise the income level of the families so that they would not need to send their other children to work. Impact: - 700 children have been taken under the project in Sylhet which is a north eastern city of Bangladesh. - 390 children have been withdrawn from hazardous work - 240 children have joined school or vocational training. - 400 employers have attended awareness-raising programs and health- safety workshop series (16 programs are included in this series) - 300 employers have been trained on first aid. They have been provided with first aid boxes and other safety items as a measure to reduce the dangers at work as first instance. - 130 families are supported to raise their income - Almost 0% other children belonging to families of the children involved with the project, have joined work because of our robust awareness-raising - The culture of employing children has been radically changed and the employment of children has decreased in our project areas. Challenge: Prevalence of Child Labour is a common phenomenon in most of the least developed and developing countries and Bangladesh is no exception. Instead of going to school and passing their childhood with joy, many children are compelled to work for their family and livelihoodIn 2013, the government of Bangladesh officially identified 38 different types of work as being 'hazardous'. The Government also legislated that anyone under 18 should not be employed to do hazardous work. Despite this, UKBET's local research shows that even just within Sylhet (north eastern city of Bangladesh), approximately 3,000 children from as young as 8 years old, are doing high-risk hazardous work such as car repairs, paint stripping, spray painting and operating lathe and steel cutting machines and welding tools - in their bare feet and with no protective clothing at all. In line with this national policy and local need, this project aims to rehabilitate the hazardous working children by bringing them back to mainstream education, safer workplaces and conducive working environments. The project has adopted a comprehensive model where both rights based approach and need based approach work together in a complementary manner. The involvement of all primary stakeholders e.g. children, parents, employers, government agencies, local NGOs working on this issue, lawyers working with victims, as well as education providers and local elites, is a unique strategy of this project. The result so far confirms that the expansion of the project with these activities will change the culture of employing children significantly, making any continuing practices safer and ultimately radically reducing the number of child laborers. Our Awareness and Advocacy campaign will make parents and the wider public understand that sending a child into an unsafe work environment is irresponsible and a shame on the whole community. Similarly, employers employing child labour in an unsafe environment will not be able to avoid the accusation of exploitation and exposure. The ultimate beneficiaries of the project will be the children whom we will introduce into formal and informal education programs. So far we have worked with only 700 children in Sylhet City. We would like to take the benefits of the project to many other children who are engaged in hazardous work. 3. Teacher training project: As a nation, Bangladesh recognises that fluency and use of English is key to enhancing its ability to play a key role in the global economy. UKBET has been running training courses in English language teaching and learning development since 1993 and have trained over 3,500 school teachers. Our programmes are organised in partnership with Learning Unlimited , St' Giles Educational Trust,UK