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The tea gardens are as hard to reach areas in relation to WASH services. The tea gardens are situated mostly in hilly areas (tila). Most of the tea pickers are women and have poor access to WASH facilities including menstrual health facilities. School absenteeism of girl students in the tea garden area is high due to a lack of proper menstrual hygiene products at school.  Thus, it is very pertinent to provide WASH services to the tea pickers/workers. The goal of the project is to contribute to the WASH SDG-6 national goal by ensuring the WASH rights and sustainable WASH service for the tea garden workers and ethnic minority.  the community who are left behind, while contributing to their livelihood through WASH entrepreneurship. In current with its partner has been working in the Tea Garden of Sylhet for the past decade and have gained much valuable learnings. The key learning would be engaging with the garden authority from the very beginning. The Garden authority is the prime stakeholder while implementing any development project inside the tea garden and are accountable for the overall management of the garden. Hence for the sustainability of any work, their involvement is a must. Moreover, engagement with LGIs and labor associations plays a significant role to implement project activities inside the garden.  At the same time, to reach the core vulnerable groups, community-based volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of WASH intervention in the community. Many of these volunteers have reported that they have gained several skills after working with WaterAid’ s project such as communication, negotiation, motivation, and so on.

Duration01/12/2020 - 30/09/2022
LocationsBangladesh, Sylhet, Moulvibazar