Rahmatia Jame Masjid
Rahmatia Jame Masjid is the first contribution of SMF for the village of Jabusha. Approximately, 500 people attend the daily prayers and weekly Friday Jummah prayers and about 100 students receive education on the basic tenets of the faith. The number of attendees is steadily increasing.
Primary & Secondary School
There is not a single elementary school for the children in Jabusha (the nearest school is about two miles away). The proposed primary school will give these children the opportunity to learn the core curriculum and skills necessary to improve their lives and make their dreams of future higher education a reality. Once the primary school is fully established, the goal is to expand the school's capabilities to include middle or secondary education.
Community Health Clinic
Nearly 15,000 people reside in the town and its surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the area lacks proper health services for the residents. SMF plans to set up weekly free health clinic for those who otherwise have difficulties accessing proper healthcare.
Pharmacy & Grocery Store
The primary purpose of the stores is to bring commerce to the town which can be used to help fund and facilitate the town's growth and provide goods for the local community. They will also provide few jobs for the inhabitants of Jabusha. Income generated from these stores will help SMF sustain its projects.
Adult Vocational/Handicraft Training Institute
The facility aims to provide practical, income-generating skills and training to working adults and children of Jabusha.
Village Development Projects (Self Reliance & Self sustaining).
Water Purification/Safe Drinking Water Program
Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh due to extreme weather increasing salinity of water in coastal areas. Salinity in the water of coastal areas has now reached over 20 parts per thousand, but the human body can only tolerate five parts per thousand. The areas near to the Bay of Bengal, the amount of arsenic in the groundwater is also very high. We need to dig much deeper to get arsenic-free water. According to a study by the World Bank's water and sanitation program, about 28 million Bangladeshis, or just over 20% of the population, are living in harsh conditions in the "hard-to-reach areas" that make up a quarter of the country's landmass.
Filtration and desalination plants are expensive, but experts say they offer the only chance to avert a looming crisis.
According to the experts there are two primary options to supply potable water in these rural areas
The best option for drought- and saline-prone areas is to preserve rainwater in artificial ponds and distribute it to communities through sand filter systems, in which hand pumps are used to suck water from artificial ponds through a filter that makes the water potable. (See footnote 1)
Installing deep tube wells with water reservoir
For those living in rural areas, implementation of these solutions has become a matter of urgency.
Footnote: 1 Ainun Nishat, a climate change expert and vice-chancellor of Brac University in Dhaka
Jabusha, Khulna, Bangladesh
Community Storm Shelter
Due to the proximity to the Bay of Bengal, Jabusha is always at risk of destruction from cyclones which regularly endanger the lives of the residents of this area. For example, the 2008 SIDR cyclone claimed many lives in that area. SMF aims to build a storm shelter to help protect the citizens in these affected areas.
The playground is often where children start building lifelong friendships. It also encourages mental and physical well-being and allows the children to build social skills.