On the other hand, some poor, extreme poor and other underprivileged populations in the slum areas face the various water and airborne diseases as they suffer a lot due to constraints of safe drinking water and sanitation.
BRAC and its ‘Urban Development Program (UDP)’ hosted the meeting at the conference hall of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) on Thursday discussing ways and means on how to fulfil the basic needs of the slum populations.
UDP’s program of Engaging Multi-Sectoral Partners for creating Opportunities, improving Wellbeing and Realizing the rights of the urban poor (EMPOWER) supported the meeting.
Chaired by RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Ward Councilors Shariful Islam Babu and Nizamul Azim, Chief Executive Officer Shah Momin, Secretary Rejaul Karim and Executive Engineer Nur Islam.
During her concept paper presentation, Farzana Parveen, Regional Coordinator of BRAC said, “Around 55,000 people living in different slum areas in the city have started getting the time-fitting tools of improving their living and livelihood condition through reducing multi-dimensional poverty and deprivation.”
To this end, an empowering situation has been created so that the targeted people are able to get access to adequate safe drinking water and sanitation, affordable housing, basic and inclusive services and upgrades slums.
Under the project, 17,500 youths, including around 13,000 females of 15-29 age groups are getting empowerment and entrepreneurship privileges through need-based promotional activities. The project intends to promote socio-economic empowerment of the beneficiary people.
Mayor Liton said, “Many slum people have started living in brick-built house driving out their long-lasting living life in thatched or mud-house in the city with financial support from Community Housing Development Fund (CHDF).”
Rajshahi CHDF has provided housing support for 201 families in 47 settlements in 25 wards out of total 30 ones in the metropolis. Around Tk 3.25 crore have been distributed as housing loans from the fund.
CHDF has established a process for providing land tenure security and housing through a number of primary savings groups.