Shishu Polli Plus is a purpose-built complex where our mission is to support mothers and children to keep female-led families together. To enable the mothers to keep and care for their children we provide long term rehabilitation services- are including literacy, life skills and income-generating skills – in a safe environment. The families who come to us are at severe risk of the children being given in to care or the homes of distant relatives. Many of these families come from amongst the poorest and most isolated areas of Bangladesh and are struggling because of poverty, social stigma, abuse, trauma, etc. The model of rehabilitation is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The Village was founded in 1989 and was the concept of Patricia Kerr (now Overseas Director). It was established with the support of a large donor group in the UK- including many British Airways staff as BA flew to Bangladesh at that time. As a grass-roots organization, we respond to changing needs amongst our target population and are constantly reviewing programmes that include nutrition, caring, training, counselling and community fostering for vulnerable children and traumatised mothers.