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This is Harisia

Harisia is a community of 150 families living on the outskirts of the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. The small village is among the poorest in a nation that has struggled with extreme poverty for generations.

The families in Harisia depend on seasonal day labor for their income and there is seldom enough food to go around. Children are malnourished and constantly sick from contaminated water. Parents often feel pressured to marry off their daughters when they are young so someone else can take care of them.

Located between Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal, Harisia is on a primary route for drug and human trafficking, putting women and children at risk. It has no school to educate its children, and no access to healthcare. 

The residents of Harisia are eager and ready for change. With your support, they will experience lasting transformation and a bright future for themselves and the next generation.

Harisia Needs

Clean Water

You’ll empower villagers to find and build innovative solutions to the water crisis.

Economic Empowerment

Parents will learn job skills, join savings groups, and be empowered to support their children.

Food & Nutrition

Farming and livestock training will enable families to have ample nutritious food year-round.

Child Protection

Families will learn the dangers of early marriage and how to prevent trafficking.

Rising Out of Poverty

Parvin’s Story

Parvin is the oldest daughter in a family of eight. Her father was a farmer, and his income was too poor to support his large family. Then, to make matters worse, when Parvin was only nine years old, her father became ill and could no longer work; her mother became very depressed.

"It was a hard time for our family. My mother was unable to provide for our most basic needs and we often passed the entire day without eating. Because of that, she borrowed some money from one of our relatives and started producing parched rice,” Parvin said. “But even though she worked hard and went from house to house in our village, she could not sell enough parched rice to meet the basic needs we had.”

With no alternatives, Parvin’s mother had to send Parvin and her younger sister to work in a neighbor’s house to reduce the family’s financial burden. They were forced to work long days with only two meals as compensation.

Because there was no way out of the poverty her family endured, Parvin was married at the age of 14 to one of her relatives who worked as a day laborer. Instead of improving her situation, early marriage worsened Parvin’s life. She lived with her husband at her father's house and had two children in quick succession.

In December 2019, when Parvin was only 18 years old and already had two children, she became a member of a self-help group organized by World Concern. As part of the group, she saved money every month along with fellow members, and in two years her savings have grown to $196 USD. Parvin knows that it’s very difficult to change your life on your own, and she’s working hard to change it with the help of her group. Because of this, she was able to enroll her daughter at the local primary school and her son is studying at a World Concern preschool.

“We are grateful to World Concern Bangladesh for shining a light of hope in our life for economic transformation,” Parvin said. “It is my dream after one year we will be able to involve ourselves in income generating activities and change our family situation.”

You can help families like Parvin’s in Harisia by partnering with them through World Concern’s One Village Transformed program.

Become a Monthly Partner

Your monthly gift of $39 will meet physical and spiritual needs and bring lasting change to the families in this village. Join the transformation in Harisia today!

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