Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of sustainable development and critical to the survival of people and the planet. In Bangladesh, marked progress has been achieved in ensuring access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and eliminating open defecation practices. However, despite a large section of underserved communities remain deprived of adequate WASH facilities. The issue is most pronounced in urban areas where WASH related diseases abound among low-income and extreme poor communities due to lack of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene practices.
Recognizing WASH as an essential component of sustainable development, SAJIDA Foundation has been working to deliver integrated water, sanitation and hygiene services through several innovative projects in partnership with donors and the Government of Bangladesh. These initiatives include:
WASH for RMG Workers: Providing WASH for RMG workers seeks to increase access to WASH facilities for 12,000 garment workers living in Ashulia, Savar, for improved health status for themselves and their families. As part of this project we are providing water facilities to 6,915 RMG workers and their family members, sanitation facilities to 6,689 and have also provided hygiene awareness sessions for 46,091 community people.
WaterCredit: Enabling underserved communities to access safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities through provision of special loans as part of the “Watercredit program” implemented with the support of Water.org.
WASH4UrbanPoor: This project seeks to ensure improved environmental health and resilience of WASH for deprived urban poor living in slums and low-income settlements.
Improving & Promoting Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Pavement Dwellers and Working Children IMPACT: Ensuring access to WASH services and facilities for pavement dwellers, working and school children through a project known as IMPACT, supported by WaterAid Bangladesh.