This project covers the following
sustainability goals of the United Nations:
Project Location: Bajua, Dacope, Bangladesh
Executive Partner: RUPSA
Project Duration: Project start depends on covid-19-related school
Beneficiaries: ca. 7,000 girls and young
Total Costs: is still being calculated
In Bangladesh, many problems concerning sustainability and social equality come together. Sanitary facilities do not meet the hygiene standards needed for a healthy life, the water supply remains problematic, and women and girls in the region receive little or no education about menstrual hygiene.
In a girls' school like the Govt. LBK Degree Girls College in Bajua, all these problems come together: The school has no regulated water or waste system and the girls live together in huts in a confined space, share far too few sanitary facilities and usually have no money to take care of menstrual hygiene - many of them lack education and awareness of menstrual hygiene.
Therefore we will soon start the implementation of our project JAGORAN. Jagoran, a word from Bengali, meaning capacity building through the transfer of scientific knowledge - a principle that we believe has a future, combining different approaches in an innovative way, proving what is possible.
We at ASCEND want to consider the entire water cycle from water supply to waste water disposal, and this can be used not only efficiently but also effectively. That means that we want to apply concepts with the potential for multiple use of water resources in order to satisfy all needs sufficiently. Safety, reliability and sustainability are equally important to us.
ASCEND's plan regarding waste management is to integrate locally generated waste streams as valuable and nutritious materials into a sustainable recycling system. That will save resources, improve soils and yields, and reduce the environmental impact of a deficient waste system. This recycling system is particularly innovative, as it creates a decentralised solution.
Based on the concept of the Menstrual Hygiene Initiative (MHI), ASCEND would like to continue to educate girls about menstrual hygiene and possibly even expand the educational campaigns with other topics on being a woman. In addition, we would like to improve the school's sanitary facilities and give the girls access to reusable sanitary pads. The girls will be involved in the decision-making process in order to strengthen their self-esteem and self-efficacy by giving them co-responsibility.
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