Terms of Reference for Final Evaluation

Sushikha o Susasther mahdhomy Surokkha
(Protection through better education and better health)

December 2020

INTRODUCTION

Save the Children Bangladesh in partnership with Save the Children Korea designed a holistic program to serve children in three brothel communities in Bangladesh, including the Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari district and the Town Brothel and the C&B Brothel in the Faridpur district. The program was initially implemented in 2012 in partnership with three local NGOs, Mukti Mohila Samity (MMS), Karmajibi Kalyan Sangstha (KKS), and Shapla Mohilla Sangtha (SMS). Beginning in 2015, Sushikha o Susasther mahdhomy Surokkha (SSS) (Protection through better education and better health in English) was expanded and scaled up to provide integrated services in the areas of education, health, and child protection. The overall goal of this project is that all children living in brothels have improved access to quality education, health and protection services in a non-discriminatory environment by 2020

PROJECT BACKGROUND

In 1989 the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child” was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly,1 recognizing the rights of children to access basic services, including education, healthcare, and pathways for developing their talents and abilities. Since Bangladesh ratified the convention in 1990, two laws were passed that specifically provide protection for children and guarantee the right to live free from discrimination.2 Yet children living in the brothels are not provided with special protection under these laws.

Sex work in Bangladesh is a controversial issue further confounded by ambiguous laws and policies. There are 10 brothels in the country housing approximately 100,000 sex workers, 50% of whom are estimated to be less than 18 years old.3 Most sex workers live in poor health conditions with limited access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.2 In addition to poor infrastructure, children living in brothels are exposed to physical, sexual, and psychological violence and drug abuse. Many children are often forced into the sex trade. Sex workers are marginalized from mainstream society and their children face discrimination when they attend schools outside of their own community, often resulting in high dropout rates. This leaves many children living in brothels without alternative sources of education, thus limiting their opportunities to realize their full potential and find employment outside of the sex and drug trades that surround them. The specific objectives of the project are as below:

Strategic objective 1: Increased awareness and strengthen the capacity of children and adolescents, their parents, caregivers, duty bearers and society at large to make the duty bearers accountable for the realization of the rights of children living in brothels (children of sex workers and children trafficked to brothels).

Strategic objective 2: Increased availability of and access to care and protection services (satellite clinics, referral services, ECCD, remedial classes, rescue & reintegration, child club, appropriate care) for the children.

Strategic objective 3: Strengthen the community-based mechanism to ensure the health, education, and protection services.

Strategic objective 4: Strengthen the local and the national level Government mechanism to ensure care and protection services through advocacy and networking.

Interested individual consultant, may submit their technical and financial proposal along with CV, TIN certificate and VAT registration copy to the following email address: prosanta.roy@savethechildren.org. Application closing date: January 14, 2021.

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