ICDP projects in Bangladesh
ICDP has found fertile ground in Bangladesh, where a small team of enthusistic professionals has been developing ICDP projects for several months now.
The ICDP Bangladesh team is comprised of one trainer and six facilitators and they are applying the ICDP programme in different contexts: with students at the North South University in Dhaka; with staff at the girls’ hostel run by Basha Enterpizes in Bhaluka, two hours away from Dhaka; with day care staff at Basha Enterprizes; and with staff of the Children Uplift Programme (CUP).
Basha Enterprizes and the Children Uplift Programme (CUP) are partner organisations working for the survivors of trafficking and for the homeless women and children living on streets; and both organizations run day cares for children. CUP and Basha have decided to give ICDP to all of their beneficiaries, 210 women in total. The training has already started. ICDP facilitator Sajeda Boby has been giving ICDP training to staff at the Basha centre in Bhaluka, she explains:
“My colleague Edna and I, have been giving ICDP training to staff working closely with mothers and children survivors of trafficking or at risk of trafficking. These women didn't have loving parents. Most of them were found living in the street. Since they didn't receive love from their parents they are unable to care for their own children. The girls who are in the hostel also had very traumatic childhood. The Basha staff face difficulties in managing these women, children and girls under their care. We felt there was a great need for them to receive training in the ICDP programme and we later found them very open to ICDP and very participative during the course. Initially they didn't have a positive conception of the children in their care. They also didn't realise why the mothers at the centre behave differently with their children. During the ICDP training, we noticed that their conception of children has been changing. Now they see the child as a person not as an object. They are committed to applying the ICDP guidelines in their work place.“
Here are a few comments from some of the students who received ICDP from facilitator Shahnaz Parveen at the North South University:
"If we can do ICDP properly with all of our children the whole world will be changed."
"This is working as a magic wand for me."
“Doing ICDP is an eye opener for everything about my life, how I am now and how I was as a mother.“