The Centre for Training and Rehabilitation of Destitute Women (CTRDW) aims to make the abandoned pregnant girls/women self-reliant, and place the abandoned babies in families so that they can grow and develop in the midst of a family. It was established in the month of December, 1981 by a group of voluntary Social Workers, and was registered under the foreign Donations (Registration and Control) ordinance in 1978. CTRDW focuses its attention on those women and girls of our society, who are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. In 2003, HEED Bangladesh shouldered the responsibility to operate the CTRDW.
- Improvement in the situation of abandoned children including those who are born out of wedlock through their rehabilitation along with their mothers and placement in the foster families.
- Empowerment of destitute women towards realization of their human rights through training and proper rehabilitation.
- Enhancement of the socio-economic condition of the destitute girls and women including those are in extremely difficult situation.
Services Provided :
- Health Care
- Skill development training for Abandoned Women
- Functional Education
- Fostering for Abandoned Children
- Day Care
Components of CTRDW:
In context to the nature of the sector and its beneficiaries, CTRDW has a number of well aimed programs and facilities which may be described as follows:
A) Mother and Child Care Unit ( MCC):
One of the key components of the CTRDW program is the MCC unit to accommodate up to 20-25 pregnant women/girls at a time for the provision of Ante- Natal Care, Delivery, associated Medical Service and Post Natal Care, The pregnant women/ girls may enroll herself into the program roughly three months before the baby is due and is released from the program three months after delivery, The delivery is handled through referral to the Urban Primary Health Care Service Delivery Project ( UPHCSDP), Association for Prevention of Septic Abortion, Bangladesh (BAPSA, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, and the beneficiaries i.e. mother and child are well looked after in term of diet, medical service etc. in the center.
B) Functional Education And Skill Development Training:
- To impart training on tailoring hand stitching, food preparation for the community poor vulnerable girls/ women.
- To train them for preparing sanitary Napkin, card board box for sweetmeats shops, share shops, chalks producing factories and shoe making factories etc for the same group.
- To distribute small amount of cash money for starting small business.
C) Effective Communication Skill Training:
Resident mothers are provided with simple literacy and numeracy along with some very fundamental concepts of health, nutrition, family planning, child care legal rights etc.
D) Foster Home Program of the Abandoned Children
In some cases, it is noticed that mothers from the program want to take a fresh start in life, but are unable to support or maintain the child born even within wedlock, within wedlock but husbands has deserted her.
In such circumstances it is felt, with the child‘s welfare in mind, it is better that child is left in the responsibility of the Foster Care wing of the CTRDW program. This foster care component has been the first of its kind in Bangladesh. It is highly innovative in the sense that it has tested and developed a combination of social welfare methods and practices with legal support to achieve its, to prove such unfortunate and abandoned children with family care so that the former are spared of ordeals of growing up in an orphanage .
D.1) Fostering Technique:
Screening childless couple applicants who apply for fostering children, to ensure that the children are placed into right homes with adequate economic and social status for providing the love and care to the children for sound development of the children.
D.2) Selection Criteria for Foster Parents:
- Childless families and couples.
- Economic condition for the foster parents is adequate for supporting a child.
- Higher education level of the couple, so that they are able to educate the child to a higher level of education.
- Sound health and mid age of the couples applying for foster parenthood.
- Couples must be citizens of Bangladesh (at least one of spouse).
- Recommended by foster families who took child from CTRDW.
CTRDW works in association with different government and non-government child welfare agencies that include Families for Children International, SOS Children Village Bangladesh, Jatio Mohila Ainjibi Samity, Bangladesh Shihu Adikar Forum, Ain O Salish Kendra, Manobadhikar Bastobyon Shangstha, ICIDIN- Bangladesh, Victim Support Center, Shisu Palli Plus, Aprajeya- Bangladesh, Nai Uddog Kendra, Dhaka Medical College & Hospital, BAPSA, Urban Primary Health Care Services Delivery Project (UPHCSDP).
The Public Institution, Department of social Services of the Ministry of Social welfare, Women And children’s Affairs, Urban Community Development Projects, Medical Social work section of all public hospitals and pathological Centers, Ministry of Home Affairs of Government of Bangladesh, Bureau of NGO Affairs of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and Legal Authorities of Bangladesh are also involved as public parties of the program.
OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES OF CTRDW:
- Setting up a network with social service organizations, right based organizations, hospitals & local clinics and legal aid providing organization, so that victims of sexual abuse and unwanted pregnancies are sent to this centre for physical and social security and are provided mental and emotional support during this crucial time of motherhood. Referred cases by other organizations will be investigated to enquire into the real situation and authenticity of the story told, so that appropriate enrolment can be done and the legal aspects are taken into consideration.
- Providing safe residential facilities with food, clothing, medical support for pre-natal, during and post-natal health care support and services for ensuring good health of the mothers and better nourished babies.
- Organizing special skill development and social development training sessions for the girls/women enrolled into the centre during their stay for about six months, before and after the delivery.
- Taking care of the new born babies who have been abandoned by their mothers and placing them into foster homes for being brought up as family members with parental love, care and the essentials that human babies need for healthy growth and integration into the community.
- CTRDW places these children at foster families maintaining proper legal procedure. If the child could not be placed in foster families within their 5 years of age, then these children are sent them to other children home.
CTRDW will take up some initiatives to check any child abuse and trafficking of the children being grown up in the families of their foster parents – a) foster parents will sign a child protection policy b) Detailed information of the witnesses will be preserved both electronically and in child files so that they could be communicated to collect information about the children periodically and in time c) Witnesses will be encouraged to visit the children at least once a month and communicate child information to the project d) A database will be developed to keep updates of the children e) Monitoring staff of CTRDW will visit the children at least once a year.
Status of Last Five Years’ (2011-2015) Activities:
|Types of Services||Years|
|Service given to pregnant girls/women||39||43||26||26||46|
|Babies Born at CTRDW||27||21||21||16||20|
|Babies Placed on Fostering||19||11||9||11||17|
|Baby Refer to another children Homes||–||2||4||–||–|
|Last five years||Training Recipients girls/mother||Discontinue||Vocational Training industrial sewing||Functional Education class||Food making class||Sewing|
Present Status of Released Mother/Girls:
|Last five years||Joined the garments Job||Domestic Helper||Beauty Parlor||Job Placement||Went back to reunite the family||Refer to shesu polli plus mother with child||Back to previous place/center||Trace Less/Sex worker||Sewing|
The project is fully depended on donation and supports from individuals and organizations. The abandoned mothers and babies seek supports from affluent people as well as from organizations having a great heart to let them survive. Therefore, your supports in the forms of money and materials are warmly welcomed for these abandoned members of the society.