We are delighted to announce that UK Aid Direct, the Department for International Development’s fund supporting civil society organisations to achieve sustained poverty reduction, has awarded us a grant to conduct an 18-month pilot project in Savar sub-district on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Having touched the lives of over 35,000 carers and their families dealing with illness, disability and mental health challenges across India and Nepal, we are excited about the expansion of our work in to Bangladesh where there are currently no NGOs, CSOs or government programmes working specifically with carers.

Recent surveys conducted by our local NGO partner Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) have estimated that 67% of households in Bangladesh containing a carer and person with disability are living in extreme poverty on less than $1 per day. These carers are currently excluded from mainstream poverty alleviation programmes due to caring responsibilities and stigma. Using a community empowerment approach, this new project will address the social and economic wellbeing of 500 carers, of which 90% are women.

We hope that by the end of this UK Aid Direct-backed project:

  • 500 carers will have access to a local support group
  • 500 carers will have access to improved medical services and counselling
  • 100% of carers will report improved wellbeing
  • 200 carers will be engaged in new livelihoods
  • 300 carers will have the information and support they need to access government and private livelihood opportunities

To celebrate the announcement of this funding, Ruth Patil met with Minister for International Development Lord Bates and members of the DFID team at Whitehall on Thursday 15th November. Ruth stated:

“It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with Lord Bates and DFID staff. Here at Carers Worldwide, we are looking forward to working alongside the supportive and knowledgeable team at DFID during this 18-month project and transforming the lives of the carers and their families.”

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