Muslim Aid has secured funding for a new livelihoods initiative titled ‘The Integrated Rehabilitation Program for Ultra-Poor Slum Dwellers in Mohammadpur and Mirpur in Dhaka City and Saidpur in Nilphamari District for Technical & Vocational Education & Training in Bangladesh

The funding will be spread over 5 years and has been supplied by the Islamic Development Bank.

The project aims to train over 22 thousand people in the urban slums in Bangladesh with new skills including tailoring, electronics, maintenance, welding. Beyond the skills training, the participants will be assisted with finding employment opportunities through job fairs or engagement with employers. Those who will be self-employed will receive start-up support for their businesses. Additionally, 1000 people will be given emergency response training, which will be focussed on response to fires and earthquakes to enhance the communities’ resilience to natural and man-made disasters.

The funding comes at a much-needed time for the communities in Bangladesh as the pandemic has seen the loss of employment, particularly among people with a low income. Compounding the fact that there was very little opportunity for employment or even education before Coronavirus.

Muslim Aid in Bangladesh will be leading the projects and how best to invest the money in training.

Rabeya Sultana, Bangladesh Country Director said: “Through the Muslim Aid Institute of Technology, this project will ensure youth empowerment through adequate training in technical areas. This will equip them with the right skill set to set up their own businesses and have a sustainable income to support their families.”