Lindex has been a partner with WaterAid since 2014 and now deepens the collaboration with the new project that launched at Mirpur, an area of Dhaka, Bangladesh where many textile workers produce clothes for Lindex live.
On 30 June 2018, the project titled “Addressing the WASH crisis in low-income settlements of garment workers in Mirpur” has been launched officially at CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka. It was organized by Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) funded and supported by WaterAid Bangladesh and Lindex where Indu Bhuson Dev, Divisional Deputy Director, Primary Education, Dhaka Division was the chief guest in the ceremony.
“Addressing the WASH crisis in low-income settlements of garment workers in Mirpur” has been launched officially by Lindex-WaterAid in Mirpur, Dhaka.
In the Mirpur area, few people have access to clean water and decent toilets that leads to both health issues and security risks where women and girls are particularly affected. Through the collaboration between Lindex and WaterAid, the residents and school students in the area will get access to clean water and sanitation. The project also includes education in the schools regarding sanitation and menstrual hygiene, with local partners. Women and girls will be especially involved in the project by being part of the newly launched entrepreneurial groups.
Kazy Md. Iqbal Hossain, South Asia Sustainability Manager, LINDEX and Anwar Shikder, Country Director in charge, WaterAid Bangladesh were present as special guests. More than 100 project stakeholders from the different corner were present in this launching ceremony. The ceremony was presided by Dr. Md. Abul Hashim, MBBS, MPH, Adviser, ESDO.
The project intends to support 10000 garments workers in Mirpur slums with safe water, sanitation and hygiene behavior change towards promoting environmental health for 3 years (01 April 2018-31, March 2021). The project also focuses on women and adolescent girls’ empowerment through leadership and small entrepreneurship development on sustainable WASH services.
“Thanks to Lindex and Water Aid to lunch such a great project in Mirpur Slum area. I believe, this will surely improve the health and sanitation condition of the poor people of the slums and hope all the related stakeholder will work together to make the project successful.” Said Indu Bhuson Dev.
Kazy Mohammad Iqbal Hossain said, “Lindex is proud to be a part of this important project. We are continuously working to improve the living conditions of the workers who produce garments for Lindex. As a fashion brand, specialized in selling garments for Women and Children, our all effort goes to create a better working condition for the workers of our supplier factories, now we are aiming to see the improvement of their living conditions at home also.”
Rashida Akter Jhorna, Councilor, Ward # 6, 7 and 8 DNCC said, “I am very happy to see that the company like Lindex extends their helping hands to improve the health and sanitation facilities of the area where the workers of its supplier factories live- this is surely a great initiative. I promise to provide all necessary support to make this project successful.”
The collaboration between Lindex and WaterAid is a three-year project, scheduled to start April 1, 2018. The project is financed with a surplus from Lindex sales of shopping bags, in line with the initiative One Bag Habit. One Bag Habit aims at reducing the consumption of shopping bags, increase the awareness of plastic bags negative environmental impact and the surplus of the sales of bags is donated that drives sustainable development.