The project involved the population of 25 villages in an area affected by periodic floods, cyclones and other natural disasters, which over time have eroded and impoverished the land making it unusable for agricultural purposes, if not for mere subsistence, so that the socio-economic conditions of the local population are of great deprivation. In this area is the village of Banisanta, where a legally recognized brothel operates, where prostitutes and their children live in extremely precarious conditions. Particularly heavy is the social stigma that weighs on children.
Human trafficking is a significant problem in Bangladesh (with over 20,000 cases each year). Victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation and sporadically for enslavement. Children and adolescents are also trafficked to the Middle East, where they are employed as camel jockeys. The motive is always the same: the fallacious illusion of the desperate for a better future.
Dacope, District of Khulna, Bangladesh
Dacope, Divisione di Khulna, Bangladesh
In the broader framework of the fight against human trafficking, the intention was to operate on the prevention front through information, awareness and support for primary education and basic health services.
Upazila of Dacope,
2,235 direct beneficiaries, 22,800 indirect beneficiaries.
- Awareness raising: 6 awareness raising seminars, 25 street theater performances and 4 argumentative debates among students on trafficking, early marriage and violence against women were organized.
A seminar was organized for parents in which they were able to understand the importance of education, teachers and school committees as tools to combat discrimination against Dalit children.
To promote the integration of Dalit children and prostitutes into society, a demonstration and a seminar were organized on the occasion of the World Day of Children’s Rights.
- Education: DALIT supported a special Education Support program, which also involved adults, in 21 villages in the project area. The students were introduced to modern technologies through computer courses and took part in an art competition, designed to allow them to express creativity and grow like children of the highest castes.
15 teachers from 5 schools were followed in the process of improving their teaching techniques with monthly meetings at the Dalit Multifunctional Center. The latter was equipped with electricity thanks to the installation of a solar panel.
- Health: Doctors and nurses completed over 300 health and hygiene awareness sessions that were attended by students, parents and prostitutes.
Dalit’s medical team provided free treatment and distribution of medicines to the most vulnerable people 4 times a month. A medical camp has also been set up at the Banishanta brothel, intended for prostitutes who do not have access to basic health care.