Jhampa Primary School Children are happy to get back to school

Sunday 2 April 2017

Students in Satkhira, Bangladesh, where chronic flooding known as water-logging closes schools periodically, are forced to discontinue their studies, like Jhampa Government Primary School, which remained suspended from all academic activities for four months, during the last rainy season. 

Seven years old, Mohammad Bayezid Hossain was in class one at Jhampa Government Primary School, when a water-logging period began in 2016. Water continued to inundate his school for at least four months, and he along with other children of the school, were nothing to do except sitting at home. “We were so eager to go to our school, but because of dirty water, we couldn’t go and attend our classes. Our playground was also under water” said Bayezid, while sharing his experience.

Mohammad Al-Amin, Head teacher of Jhampa Government Primary School, said due to waterlogging academic activities are being hampered greatly in the institution where about 60 students study. Waterborne diseases also spread out, he added.

Save the Children, to support the immediate humanitarian needs and building resilience for the most vulnerable households affected by water-logging in that area, initiated Emergency Livelihood Project (ELP) in May 2016, in association with the local partner Uttaran, funded by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).  

Bayezid was selected as a member of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC), on behalf of his school. As a part of the project, Cash for Work was introduced where local people were employed to heighten the school premises and also other low lying areas. Bayezid was involved in overseeing the cash for work program in his school area. He also extended some support in supplying water and other necessary items during the work. Now the school is back to normal and children including Bayezid are happy to get back to their beloved school, where they can study and play without any interruption. “I on behalf of my friends really thank Save the Children and Uttaran for giving our life back to us. There is nothing better than going to school and seeing my friends together,” said Bayezid.

Apart from Cash for Work, Food Bank was also introduced by ELP project, to meet the food insecurity during the emergency period. Bayezid’s mother was benefitted by the Food Bank, she also was involved with Cash for Work scheme. She bought ducks and a goat with the money received. She now knows her family is more secured in emergency and her child Bayezid can continue his study through the year.

Through this Project, Save the Children responded to the humanitarian needs of 1,480 of the most vulnerable households affected by waterlogging in Satkhira and Jessore, with the aim of reducing food insecurity and enabling households to build more resilient livelihoods. 280 of the most vulnerable households received BDT 4,000 for Cash for Work, 74 households received BDT 4,000 as unconditional cash grants. Also established two food banks. Moreover 1060 vulnerable households received BDT 18,000 as livelihood grant. 1250 household received BDT. 4,000 as unconditional cash grants from unspent and exchange gain money