Since 1998 Niketan has been working in Bangladesh with children and youngsters with intellectual or multiple disabilities.
Niketan offers in its project area children care on cognitive, social, emotional and medical level. Niketan offers a full range of care from birth to young adults. The care package includes early intervention, appropriate education, physiotherapy, vocational training, providing work places and community care. In addition, we offer practical support at home, healthy meals, travel expenses and professional support.
The projects are operated by the Bangladeshi NGO DRRA and are supervised and supported with expert knowledge by Niketan.
Manikganj District is one of the poorer districts in Bangladesh. The Manikganj area lies very low and gets flooded twice a year. Het land is erg laag gelegen en het raakt twee keer per jaar overstroomd. The inhabitants are used to the floods, so unless the flooding is extreme it does not create a lot of problems. Manikganj consists of in 7 upazila / thana (subdistricts), 65 unions, 1643 villages en 1 municipality. Most of the projects of Niketan are within the upazilas Shivalaya, Ghior and Daulatpur.
In the capital Dhaka Niketan has a project in the Badda slum. The slum is situated between two diplomatic residential areas: Gulshan and Banani. The inhabitants of the slum are excluded from fundamental needs like clean drinking water, healthy food and good housing. They live with hunger, malnourishment and various diseases as there are malaria and tuberculosis. Children do not attend school but end up in terrible sweatshops where they are being exploited. The slums are breeding grounds for social problems, crime and addiction.