Basket of Protection – Kamlapur Drop-In Centre
The Kamlapur Drop-In Centre provides children working at the railway station with a safe space to learn, play, and grow.
The Kamlapur Railway Station is the largest railway station in Bangladesh and the most important terminal for railway transportation between Dhaka and the rest of the country. The station is used as a living, sleeping, and working place for many of Dhaka’s street children, most of whom were abandoned by their parents who could not facilitate for them. At the station, the children carry baggage for railway passengers, others collect and sell empty plastic bottles for money, and some even turn to pick-pocketing and sex work to pay for the essentials of life.
Our partners in Bangladesh have opened a new drop-in centre to care for children living and working at the Kamlapur Railway Station. The centre is open 5 days a week, and offers basic education, healthcare, nutritious meals, recreation, life skills training, and psychosocial support for 40 children. Program leaders also conduct awareness raising sessions with families and the community to advocate for the rights of children. The main goal of this program is to reduce the impact child labour has on a child’s well-being and socio-economic status.
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International Needs Canada is a charitable Christian organization with a global network of 34 partner countries. Our approach to development relies on the empowerment of indigenous leaders to bring about change in their local communities. We focus primarily on the empowerment of vulnerable children through education, health and wellness, character development, and skills training.
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