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Banzaid is partnering with Baptist Aid-BBCF (Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship) to establish Total Community Development Centres in the Chandpur District of Bangladesh. These centres are based around core self- help groups providing :

1. Literacy programmes for adults – literacy is a basic skill that helps people to take control of their own lives

2. Children’s education – children from poor families need help so that they can enter the government education system.

3. Income generating projects – the first step is to start group members with savings schemes, and then to help them to use their savings in ways that will start earning them money. Encouragement is given for ideas like small vegetable gardens or starting small business projects.

4. Healthcare education – beginning with basic things like safe drinking water and sanitation.

Each centre is led by trained community development organisers, a husband and wife Bangladeshi couple. They live in the selected villages and work with the local community to identify needs and find ways for the people to help transform their villages. These groups are a highly effective way to alleviate poverty. It is estimated that each village centre will directly impact over 250 local people and up to an estimated 1000 through its networks.

This Google map link below shows the villages in the project. Click on the pins for more information about each village. The green pins are village locations. Purple coloured bubbles are office locations. This information will be updated as the project proceeds. Point at an area and double click, or click the + button to zoom in to see the area in more detail, or click on the 'View in Google Maps' link at the bottom to open the map in full screen. Doing this will also give you the option of taking the map into Google Earth if you have this installed on your computer.

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