Keep It Clean


Daily trash pickup with bike-mounted garbage disposal van helps keep the environment clean in a Bangladesh urban slum community.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, is an unplanned megacity. Clean water, sanitation, and trash removal services are far behind the demands of a population in excess of 17 million.

The challenges were great when World Vision began working in the Beguntila slum community in 2013. Only 4 percent of the households had access to safe water from tube wells. Typically, 20 to 30 households shared one toilet. Open drains and poor waste management made things even worse.

With help from World Vision, slum dwellers are learning about health and hygiene and taking the responsibility for keeping their community clean. They are installing low-cost, hygienic toilets, collecting trash for the bike trash van to carry away, and holding community clean-up days. They are lobbying for connections to the municipal water system.

“Now we feel confident enough to face any challenges to make a healthy urban slum in Dhaka and be a model for others,” says the president of the development committee.

Photo©2015 World Vision, Golam Ehsanul Habib

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