SHOUHARDO Continues to Push to New Heights

SHOUHARDO Continues to Push to New Heights

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Funded by USAID since 2010 in nearly 2,000 of the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, SHOUHARDO II builds on the successes of SHOUHARDO I, where CARE learned that women's empowerment activities really did make children grow taller. A final evaluation of the project's second phase in 2015 shows that the program continues to show extraordinary successes in reducing malnutrition, improving women's economic empowerment, and building equality between men and women.

What impact did we have?

  • People eat more nutritious food: Dietary diversity nearly doubled for families in the SHOUHARDO program, a much higher impact than the other programs.
  • Families have higher income: Families’ income grew by 85%, more than the 60% national average in the same timeframe
  • Stunting went down: The number of stunted children in the SHOUHARDO II program dropped by 13 percentage points, more than double the national average
  • The hunger season got shorter: Families in SHOUHARDO II saw the number of months out of the year that they spent without enough food drop from 6.1 to 1—an 83% improvement.
  • Kids got more and better food: The number of children from ages 6-23 months who had an adequate diet rose dramatically, from 8% to 50% (more than 6 times better).  This is greater than the national average.

How did we get there?

  • Women’s Empowerment: Women are about 3 times more involved in income generating activities than they were at the start of SHOUHARDO II.  They are also more than 15% more likely to have control over their own earnings.
  • Better access to healthcare: Women in SHOUHARDO II dramatically more likely to access ante-natal care (about 2.5 times more likely, well above the national average), and children were more likely to receive oral rehydration treatment for diarrhea)
  • Better Production: Agricultural producers (of staples and vegetables), had better practices.  SHOUHARDO II had consistently higher adoption rates on improved practices than either the national average or the peer programs. 

Want to learn more?  Take a look at this story from one of the community volunteers in SHOUHARDO II. Or take a look at the project website.

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