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Puthia Village

Livelihood programs for the Puthia Village, Northern Bangladesh

In the Naogoan region where International Needs Bangladesh national community worker, Toroni is working in the community, a village that had been severely affected by Covid-19 was uncovered. The Puthia village of Natore was discovered to have 150 native Santal people living in dire poverty. The Santal people are an ethnic Bangladeshi group, with their own culture. They are deemed untouchables with no civil rights or known citizenship in Bangladesh. These people had no food as they were not able to work in the fields due to Covid-19. They had to rely on nature and had been eating wild plants and potatoes for the last three months.

International Needs Bangladesh has been able to support the village with food relief. Now they would like to build new toilets for the families in the village and set up livelihood programs. Allowing them to generate their own income and providing a way out of poverty for these families. The families will be trained in chicken rearing, vegetable growing and tailoring/sewing for the women.

The current toilets are unsafe and pose a significant health risk to the village as the faeces and urine from the toilets go straight into the river. Children and women downstream collect water from the river to drink and water borne diseases can be prevalent. Every year millions of children and people around the world die from water borne diseases.

Would you consider sponsoring a livelihood program to help bring a family out of poverty by providing education to the parents so that they can learn to grow their own food and provide for their family?

Or could you help restore hope and dignity for the people of the Puthia Village, by helping International Needs build new, safe and clean toilets for families in the village. Each toilet costs $300.

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Internet Banking Direct Credit

BNZ Tauranga Branch, account number 02-0432-0234652-000. Reference: "Puthia"

Should you require a receipt please email our accountants department at accounts@internationalneeds.org.nz and advise your full name, address, amount and date of donation. If possible please also advise your telephone number to enable us to contact you should we have difficulty in identifying your donation.


Post to International Needs, PO Box 1165, Tauranga, 3144 with reference: "Puthia"

To enable us to send you a receipt, please advise your full name and address, telephone number or email address

If you have any questions please call 0800 463337

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