Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Introduction:
Dhaka City has an influx of immigrants from rural areas who live in slums; Slum dwellers are illiterate which severely limits opportunity for viable employment. Their children engage in high risk and unregulated occupations where, driven by ignorance of rights and a sense of powerlessness, Become victims of exploitation and violence. Families become disintegrated, the children left uncared for and many of these children have to find streets as their place to live, work and survive. They are excluded from any educational opportunities. Their jobs are often hazardous; these children often become victims of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and drug abuse.
DAM implemented a five year project “Urban Community Learning Centers” with the financial support of Comic Relief UK from 2006-2011. In this confection, DAM implemented the DiC project for the duration of July 2013- December 2018 financially supported by of Comic Relief UK and DAM UK. After successfully completion its 1st phase, the project has been started implementing its 2nd phase in the name of Drop-in-Centre for Street and Working Children in Dhaka City (DiC) II with the financial support of Read Foundation and DAM UK from January 2019.

Project Agreement Number: GR007-12598

Overall Objective: Build the self-esteem among the street and working children to develop them responsible citizen.

Specific Objectives:

  • 400 working and street children will be protected from indignity sexual and physical abuse;
  • Children withdrawn from hazardous job;
  • Children will be imparted basic education, life skill and vocational skill training;
  • A child safety zone will be established in targeted (400) families and community;
  • Communication and coordination will extended among service providing organizations;
  • Community capacity about child protection and safety will be enhanced;
  • Capacity of the organizations working for under privileged children will be enhanced;

Change: 01 Street and working children and young people are supported in to non-hazardous livelihoods and have access to education and training.

Change: 02 Street and working children and young people have safe and secure living environments and healthier.

Change: 03 Street and working children and young people and duty bearers (including parents/ guardians employer and civil society) have increased awareness of children and young peoples and participates in decision making process and have influence over.

Change: 04 Capacity is built in DAM UK and DAM Bangladesh to support and develop the new work with street and working children and young people.

Project Components and Activities:

Community Outreach Activities

Drop in center base activity

Advocacy/ Networking

  • Survey/ Identify Pocket area of street & working Children
  • Collect baseline information of children
  • Raising awareness (Family/ Community/ Service provider)
  • Court Yard Meeting
  • Meeting with employers
  • Advocacy meeting with community people
  • Day Observance (Rally)
  • Enrollment in DIC
  • Profile documentation
  • Ensure personal hygiene
  • Food, Cooking facilities
  • Raising awareness (Children/ Family/)
  • Counseling (Individual/ Group/ Family)
  • Multi grade Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Job Placement
  • Recreation & Cultural Activities
  • Training
  • Case Study
  • Exposure Visit
  • Health Service
  • Liaison with different organization for awareness raising activities
  • Legal Aid Support
  • Liaison with different school for mainstreaming
  • Advocacy/ Networking workshop with Go/NGO

Project Participants (Direct):

Children (0-10)

Adolescent (11-17)

Youth (18-25)

Adult (26-60)

Senior Citizen (61+)















Project Duration: January 2024 to December 2024

Financial partner (Donor): Read Foundation and DAM UK

Implementing partner (if any): N/A

Project Location/s and number of Field offices:  Mohammadpur and Jatrabari

Project Budget: Total BDT 1,24,49,864

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

Non-Paid Volunteer











Contact Person:
Project Coordinator, Drop-in-Centre for Street and Working Children in Dhaka City
Email:, Cell. 01712308496