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Meet Shanu | Every community needs access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

In Bangladesh, our project is building resilience in urban slums for women like Shanu. Shanu is a 40-year-old housewife who has been living in a slum for over 15 years. Shanu and her family were displaced due to the riverbank erosion which forced them to migrate to Dhaka the capital city. 

Sahnu’s husband Aynal earns roughly $120 a month as a delivery driver. Their son who is 18 years old works in a garment factory. Shanu stays home to care for their 2 years old daughter.  

Through our project in Bangladesh, Shanu received training on health and hygiene and her family members are using the community toilet constructed by Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh.  

Shanu has learned many things from her training like; the importance of balanced nutrition, sanitation and its elements, water safety plan, waterborne and fecal diseases. She also learned about the importance and use of sanitary latrine, handwashing, waste management, and benefits of using clean and safe water etc. She learned about COVID-19 safety measures and safeguarding (gender and child protection) from the training. 

Before Shanu’s training, she was unaware of the best hygiene practices to keep her family and home safe. She learned how to wash utensils properly, cover food, and wash and clean food properly also learned how to keep her home clean and manage waste safely.  

Shanu shared her learnings with her family and neighbours to improve hygiene practices not just in her home but in her community. Shanunhow sees several positive changes in her family and the community when it comes to hygiene practices.  

Shanu shared her appreciation for Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh for organising training and constructing community toilets and other community facilities for the development of the slum and its community.  

Shanu shares: “Habitat Bangladesh has changed our community by the community interventions and awareness raising programs by their good work which has improved our hygiene behaviour and we are blessed by their support.”   

This project receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and is in partnership with our implementing partner Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh to provide access to hygiene training.  

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