Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with almost 50% of the total population living below the poverty line. Those living in slums on the outskirts of Dhaka have no rights to the land on which they live and are denied personal water connections. They lack even the most basic of sanitation facilities. Consequently, 24% of deaths can be attributed to water related diseases – the majority of which kill children under the age of five.
- In 2007, Just a Drop – together with WaterAid and the Scientific Exploration Society – began a large-scale urban sanitation project in Dhaka, aimed at improving the lives of 19,930 people in the area. The project involved:
- Installing a rainwater harvesting system
- Constructing communal pit latrines
- Installing a new water system with communal water points and tube wells
- Carrying out hygiene education workshops
Just a drop was able to contribute to the project thanks to a generous donation from the British Curry Awards dinner.