Project name: Good Cause campaign Project

Duration: 3 Year

Name of Donor: Save the children

Brief description of project:
Children are particularly vulnerable during their journeys and when they reach their destinations because often they move to a place where they do not know anyone to whom they can turn for help and where they might even be seen as not worth helping. Both in transit and at destination, they are often unconnected to the communities through which they pass or settle, either permanently or temporarily. Their lack of documentation, language barriers or the stigmatization against them often means that they deliberately avoid contact with others and have difficulty in accessing basic services. Their isolation makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and violence.

Supporting children in transit is challenging, however anecdotal evidence suggests this is not impossible given that there are well-known transit hubs in Bangladesh that demarcate the rural-to-urban trajectory. Tracking children can push them into looking for more invisible and potentially dangerous routes to evade detection, especially if they suspect that the aim is to control or interrupt their journeys. Because these children are difficult to reach, they are often underserved.

For obvious reasons, information on the number of children who move is very scarce, and their reasons for moving and the challenges they encounter during transit and upon arrival are widely variable. Such difficulties are further compounded by the complexity of developing programmes that protect children while they move, since most protective services are fixed in one location. Because migration routes are not linear, it is difficult to devise responses that can provide for children at each stage of their journeys, especially when protection systems are either absent or undeveloped, or when they struggle to reach the community level.

Analysis of children’s movement has been limited in two main ways. On the one hand, children’s movement has been considered largely within the limits of the debate on child trafficking. On the other hand, in the broader debate on migration, children’s movement has been researched mainly as part of their parents’ movement. Both frameworks are inadequate. As a result, the framework for children on the move opens more space for interventions that genuinely respond to their needs and that are respectful of children’s rights, including children’s right to express their views, and to access services and other support to promote their best interests.

Expected results of project:
Overall goal: -> To prevent unsafe migration and advance the rights of children on the move to protection, education and play.
Outcome 1: -> Children and caregivers are aware of the risks of migration and have gender sensitive information and support to manage or mitigate them.
Outcome 2: -> Improved basic education opportunities for children.
Outcome 3: -> Sustainable community-based child protection mechanism to support vulnerable children and families established
Outcome 4: -> Strengthen the gender sensitive services and buildup of a national consensus among government, non-government institutions and private sectors in urban (the city corporations) areas in increasing opportunity of play, and better services to children on the move

Working area:
5 unions (i.e. Fingri, Kushkhali, Jawdanga, Boikary, Bhomra) of Satkhira Sadar Upazila under Satkhira district. Number of Beneficiary and stakeholders:
Direct Reach Female Male
Children 6-14 8,523 7,802
Parents/Caregivers 4,698 5,952
Teachers 90 215
Government employees 154 272
Total 13,465 14,241
In-Direct Reach Female Male
Children 6-14 16,916 15,579
Parents/Caregivers 14,596 18,591
Teachers 252 682
Government employees 320 630
Total 32,084 35,482