Over the industrialised years, Dhaka city has become home to hundreds of slum areas. These areas are buried in problems that pose unhygienic environments, disorganised garbage systems, open drains and drug addiction among the inhabitants. The roads are often water-clogged, which is worsened by sand, dust, monsoon rains, dumps of household waste and debris from buildings under construction.
Ward no. 12 under DSCC Dhaka South City Corporation has a weak waste-management system, and its roads are frequently flooded because of clogged manholes. PRODIGY youth leaders initiated a Social Action Project (SAP) titled “Creating Awareness on Clean Drainage System” to raise awareness among citizens around the importance of proper waste management. They conducted several activities for members of the local government to create the role of mentoring and monitoring.
The team arranged several meetings with the ward councillor and the waste-management committee. They are now in the process of conducting advocacy sessions with the under-construction building owners. They have facilitated to sign an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the ward councillor office of DSCC and with the landlords so that they stop throwing construction wastage in drains. They are also arranging campaigns and orientation programs to raise awareness among the city dwellers. They are incorporating social interventions like cultural shows, documentaries and drawing competitions.