The Happy Home Project, ActionAid

The Happy Home Project ActionAid Bangladesh

For a world free of poverty

ActionAid’s goal is a fair world free from poverty. Therefore, since the organization was founded in 1972, it has been working persistently for human rights and poverty alleviation around the world.

The organization is currently active in 48 countries and in each country they focus on working together with local organizations and personnel. Together, work is done towards common goals based on local needs and conditions.

Half of Bangladesh’s population lives on less than one dollar a day. The capital city of Dhaka is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Poverty and rapid urbanization has particularly hard affects on children. Many children moving to the city get seperated from their families and it is estimated to live between 250,000 and 2 million street children in Dhaka. Children who live and work in the streets lack access to education. In addition, they are particularly vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse, dangerous work conditions and trafficking.

The Happy Home Project was developed by ActionAid Bangladesh and the Association for Slum Dwellers (ASD). There was a clear need to protect street children – especially girls. The project currently gives 150 girls, aged 7-18 years, a permanent and stable home. Here the girls have access to activities held at the drop-in day center. They also have access to food, housing, necessities such as clothes, education, health care, support in job searching and different cultural activities. If the girls wishes they are offered reunification with their family. So far the project has reached over 17.000 girls, including a permanent home and education to over one thousand girls. By supporting ActionAid’s important work, you can ensure that even more girls get the opportunity to live a long life away from the street.