Projects and Programs

Education Development Program (EDP)

EDP is an Education Program of Al-Falah Bangladesh under its Project Community Development Center (CDC). The CDC was established in 2007 with the support from the local well wishers of the community to promote education and skill among the Urdu speaking camp dwellers in Bangladesh. There are three main educational systems in Bangladesh:
  • General Education System
  • Madrasah Education System
  • Technical - Vocational Education System
The General Education Systems is divided into five levels:
  • Primary Level (years 1 to 5)
  • Junior Level (years 6 to 8)
  • Secondary Level (years 9 to 10)
  • Higher Secondary Level (years 11 and 12)
  • Tertiary Level
Tertiary education includes studies in Chartered Accountancy, engineering, technology, agriculture and medicine at a variety of universities and colleges. The objective of the project is to encourage the community to focus on the General and Technical Education. In 2009-2010 a USA based organization Target International Grant Program (TIGP) under its corporate responsibility supported the CDC project of Al-Falah Bangladesh. In 2013, Target Foundation through United Way Worldwide (UWW), USA provided financial assistance for the project Education Development Program (EDP) of Al-Falah Bangladesh. Keeping in mind that education is the only key for the social, cultural and economic development of young generation of the community, Al-Falah Bangladesh is committed to promote education and skill development through Education Development Program (EDP) and hope this program will be supported and encouraged by all concerned. The organization update its donors, well-wishers, philanthropists, Government of Bangladesh and other stakeholders about its achievements, failures and challenges (see annual report 2013).

Goal of the project

The primary goal of the project to save the Urdu-speaking children from being lost as street children, as these children have been living in camps and deprived from their schooling.

Foundation Schools

These schools were established on the basis of “Self-help education”. In these schools, teachers, mainly girl students are given scholarship to continue their own secondary or higher level studies and in lieu of the scholarship provide teaching the course of pre-primary education to a batch 20-30 children of 4-5 years age. The teachers prepare them for admission in Class 1 of the Primary Schools.

Scholarship Program

The project gives scholarships to student who studies in the Secondary, Higher Secondary and Graduation level of education. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the community students to carry on their higher studies. The sponsored students are also motivated to help the community by giving their voluntary service to improve the social status of the community.

Skill development

The CDC had established the first Computer Class in Geneva Camp in the year 2007, when some well wishers of the community donated 5 second hand computers. The Computer Class started under ‘self-help skill development program’. Three sponsored student-instructors from the community conducted training courses. Being impressed with the policy and programs of Al-Falah Bangladesh, D.Net an NGO donated a total of 8 (eight) CPU to Al-Falah Bangladesh to run its computer class in 2010. This program only carried out in Geneva Camp, Mohammadpur. The computer training program aims to enhance the knowledge of the target population on basic computer.

Al-Falah Model Clinic

The Clinic was originally established by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1972 when the ICRC built Geneva Camp to provide shelter to the war affected Urdu-speaking minority community. From 1975 to 1984 a Mission NGO HEED Bangladesh run this clinic and handed over it to Al-Falah Bangladesh in 1985. From 1985 to 1990 Al-Falah managed to run this Clinic with local support. In 1991 ODA (Overseas Development Administration) of the British Government signed an Agreement with Al-Falah Bangladesh to provide financial and technical support for the Clinic. ODA later became BPHC (Bangladesh Population and Health Consortium), which continued its support to the Clinic up to 2000 when BPHC decided to divert its funds for rural health development causing a major setback to Al-Falah Model Clinic, which is an urban project. After a long 10 years of slow function, the Al-Falah Model Clinic at Geneva Camp once again reorganized to serve the community who has no adequate access to health services. The long delay in getting support virtually deprived the community of vital health services like immunization of the children, family planning and maternity services.

Objectives of the project

To provide health services to the inmates of Geneva Camp located in Mohammadpur under Dhaka City Corporation (North) Ward No. 30.

Health Services

The Clinic in its limited resources delivers the following services to the community:
  • Antenatal & Post Natal check-up;
  • Child Immunization
  • Limited Curative Services to mothers and children;
  • Family Planning;
  • Circumcision;
  • Health Education;
  • Referral Services
For Immunization programs, the clinic receives free vaccines through Health Department of Dhaka City Corporation.

Health Education

4 sponsored students who are specially trained by the EDP provide health education to the community under an experienced supervisor. They organize meetings in field and clinic and disseminate information and education on the following subjects:
  • Personal Hygiene, Safe Motherhood and risk at home delivery;
  • Breast Feeding, Extended Program of Immunization (EPI), Maternal and Child Nutrition, Worm Infection, Night Blindness, Skin Diseases, ART, Diarrheal Disease and ORS;
  • Family Planning;
  • RTI (Reproductive Tract Infections), STI, HIV/AIDS.

Circumcision Program

Al-Falah Bangladesh jointly initiated organization of circumcision camp with Quantum Foundation. Every year the clinic organizes 2-3 circumcision camps for the children under age of 2-12 years old.