Staying Safe in Challenging Times

*Champion Village, Bangladesh


My name is Songya and I’m in the 6th grade. I am fourteen years old. My father is Udar and he is 48 years old and my mum’s name is Sabita who is 45 years old. I have two brothers, one is older and the other is younger. 


My father is a hard worker. He works in a husking mill beside our village. My mother is a housewife. Seasonally she works for a landlord as day labour. Alongside my studies, I help my parents work with things such as homestead gardening, washing the cow shed & clothes, etc. 


I am a regular in the Transformational Community Development (TCD) group. The TCD facilitator teaches us to be honest and the importance of family through our activities. She also provides us with important awareness information that is useful in our daily lives. 


Recently, people have been affected by the novel coronavirus in the world. Before the disease spread wide in our country, the teacher informed our village committee and our families to take care of our health and protect others using some precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing at least 1 metre between ourselves and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth because hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. 
  • We must practise respiratory hygiene and make sure the people around me follow good respiratory hygiene. 
  • We should seek medical care early in any fever, cough and difficulty breathing and stay informed following advice given by our health care provider. 

Now we are staying in lockdown and know what to do to stay safe. We salute the TCD programme and its awareness activities for helping us learn these tips.




*For the purposes of safety, “Champion Village” is a pseudonym for the village being helped by this project.

**For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, " Songya",  “Udar”, “Sabita” are pseudonyms for the individuals being helped by this project