Founder

Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

KNH- Ahsania Center for Abandoned Children & Destitute Women (KACACDW)

Project Name:  KNH- Ahsania Center for Abandoned Children & Destitute Women (KACACDW)

Introduction:

In Bangladesh most sexually abused victims need to leave their home and take shelter in an unfamiliar and unfriendly place of in the streets just to give birth to the child. Not to be notices by their relatives and friends. Unwanted pregnancy and denial of abortion create immense pressure for the rape victims to survive. Sexually abused victims when they leave home while carrying baby is very difficult to get a safe and secured place to stay and give birth. This the lives of the women and her expecting baby come very vulnerable. Once an illegitimate child is born the victim often abandons them in such an extremely risky situation that might often cause death to the new-born.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) mandated to pursue humanitarian services for the vulnerable group of the society and having the working with the marginalized children and destitute women, has taken the initiative to establish a center for abandoned children of 0-5 age group as well as pregnant mothers and their new born babies who are victims of rape and sexual violence. This protect is being implemented by the support of KNH-Germany. Through this initiative DAM will ensure holistic development of young children and safeguard their human rights through various age specie programs and activities.

KNH-Ahsania Center for Destitute Women and Children –Since 2015, abandoned children aged 0-5, who have no safe place to live and deprived of mothers’ care, affection and human rights are provided with safe, secure place and all basic needs. This project is a joint collaboration of DAM and KNH-Germany. Through this initiative DAM will ensure holistic development of young children and safeguard their human rights through various age-specific programmes and activities. After phase out of the project in December 2019 currently the project is on no cost extension for a period of 3 months from January-March 2020. In project time the center has served 56 pregnant women and their 50 new born babies including 30 abandoned children. The project not only provided secured shelter but also served food, clothes, clean water, sanitation, health and psychosocial counseling, skill development and job placement as well.

Objectives:

  • To provide accommodation facilities to beneficiaries (destitute women and abandoned children)  ensuring food, clothes, education, health care, training, job placement and mainstreaming children and help women get back their lost faith and spirit to restart life with new hopes.
  • KACACDW project has ended on 31 December 2019. KACACDW has been extended for 3 months on No cost extension. Meanwhile a business plan is under preparation for a period of another 5 years.
  • KACACDW projects deal with children at risk. Children may well be defined as newborn (0-2), abandoned children (3-5), girl abandoned children (5-10) and while destitute women are sexually violated women of any age with unwanted pregnancy.

Project Agreement Number:  26652

Specific Objectives:

  • To  ensure support to abandoned children between 0-5 years of age who do not have shelter or secured place to live and is devoid of parental care and denied of basic human rights.
  • To provide services to pregnant women who are victims of rape and having no shelter to give birth to their child and have no means to survive and ensure essential support during and after childbirth.

Outputs:

  • Abandoned children both boys and girls and pregnant mothers who are victims of rape and sexual violence accommodated in a safe and secured environment
  • Unwanted children rehabilitated in their families or adopted by other childless and safe and responsible families
  • Abandoned children are integrated to Ahsania Mission Children City at Panchagarh where they will be provided comprehensive education and development support services up to the age of 18 years
  • Mothers and children enjoyed food, healthcare, water and sanitation, electricity supply support.
  • Destitute women received vocational trainings and placed jobs with garment factories or self employment
  • Likely to be victims of rape, the vulnerable stakeholders  are aware through mass awareness campaign program and BCC and ICC materials

Project Components:

  • Safe Accommodation for abandoned Children and destitute woman
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Education and Extra Curricular Activity
  • Reintegration and follow-up
  • Advocacy and Networking

 

Major Activities:

  • Provide age specific food, clothes, motherly care, medical services, counseling, education and recreation
  • Provide shelter to destitute pregnant mothers up to 6 months
  • To provide comprehensive care and safe delivery assistance to the destitute pregnant mothers
  • Observe national and international days
  • Ensure game facilities in a colorful and child friendly mini park
  • Provide ECD for minor children
  • Ensure medical services by experienced and qualified physician (on-call) to regular health check up and refer to hospital on emergency
  • Provide child rights and protection based trainings for staff capacity building
  • Organize workshops with NGOs, GOs and individual rights activists for mutual supports and knowledge sharing about rape victims and abandoned children

Project Participants (Direct):

Children (0-10)

Adolescent (11-17)

Youth (18-25)

Adult(26-60)

 

Senior Citizen(61+)

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Project Duration: January 2015 to December 2019 (Continuing- No cost Ext. & Proposed 5 Years Project Proposal Submitted to Donor)

Financial partner (Donor): KNH Germany
Implementing partner (if any):  NIL
Project Location/s and number of Field offices: KACACDW, 266/1, South Paikpara, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Project Budget: BDT. 39,463,632/-
Number of project staffs and volunteers: 12 project staff (Male-3 & Female 6).
Contact Person :
Name: Sk. Mahabbat Hossen, Programme Coordinator
Email: mahabbat.dam@gmail.com , Cell: 01716054610