Country background

In 1947, India, hitherto under British rule, was partitioned in two states: India and Pakistan. Ce latter one was divided in two regions on both sides of India, and separated by 1,700 km: East Pakistan and West Pakistan. In 1971, East Pakistan gained independence following a bloody war and then became Bangladesh. The young country endured natural disasters, famine and several coup d’état. It sunk in poverty until 1991, when a democracy was restored. Since end of 2012, Bangladesh has been facing intense political tensions related to the adjudication of crimes perpetrated during the independence war in 1971, as well as social tensions, from the uprising of textile industry employees. As a reminder, Bangladesh is the world’s 3rd textile exporter. In 2013, with 154 million inhabitants, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Its human development index rated by the United Nations Development Program places Bangladesh as the 146th country out of 187. 43% of Bangladeshis live with less than one euro per day..

Local partners

SHOBAR JONNO PANI (SJP) ("Water for all") is a Bangladeshi social business created in 2010 by Eau et Vie, to provide running water distribution into slums, in partnership with local water distributors. SJP project forms part of the Millennium Development Goals (project undertaken by the United Nations in 2000), aiming to halve by 2015, the percentage of people with no access to safe drinking water and sanitation. WATER AND LIFE BANGLADESH (W&L) is a NGO created by Eau et Vie. It is in charge of developing trainings on hygiene and environment, fire prevention and enhancing community building in operating area. In accordance with local needs, it implements sanitation and waste management services.


On-going projects

Eau et Vie started its activities in Bangladesh in 2010. On June 2011, SJP signed a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dhaka authorities (Dhaka City Corporation) and Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA), in the framework of a project for the reduction of poverty (UPPRP). SJP was mandated to provide Bhashantek families (slum welcoming on-going development projects) with running water. To ensure sufficient pressure in the water network, SJP built a reservoir and a water tower. By end 2013, SJP provided the first families with safe drinking water through house taps.


In 2014, SJP continues connecting Bhashantek families to its network and will develop a sewerage system in the area. Water network construction should start in 2 new slums within Dhaka. W&L keeps providing trainings on hygiene, fire prevention and fire-fighting, environment, and will start a pilot project on waste management.

Key figures - On-going projects

1 project in Bangladesh:

  • Bhashantek slum (Dhaka), where 3,500 families live
In total, over 15 000 beneficiaries.

Families connected to safe drinking water at home:

  • Bhashantek: 1,647

Public places connected to safe drinking water:

    Everyday, 910 users:
  • 3 schools
  • 2 health centers
  • 4 mosques
  • 1 prayer place

People trained in fire-fighting:

  • 92

Enhancing community building:

  • Hygiene awareness raising sessions toward the community and at schools within the slum
  • Organisation of the "Global Hand-Washing Day"
  • Publishing of a child’s book (1,000 copies) on hygiene good practice


A clown in Bhashantek

A clown and laughter to raise hygiene awareness...

Water flows!

The people of Bhashantek are proud to have running water...

Before running water

"We used to get water through manual wells..."