Vialisa supports underprivileged youth in building an economically independent existence.

Vialisa Foundation was founded in 2003 and has been active in de slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2004. It is Vialisa’s mission to support youth in building an economically independent existence, in which the values of self-confidence, self-reliance and human dignity are central. It is Vialisa’s mission to support youth in building an economically independent existence, in which the values of self-confidence, self-reliance and human dignity are central.

Our programmes

Vocational Training


Computer lessons

Benglish Crafts

Emilia nursery



First Aid Responder

Dhaka Tales

Dhaka Tunes


Youth aged 15 to 21 from the slums of Dhaka are economically and socially self-sufficient so that they can take their future into their own hands.


To offer disadvantaged youth from the slums of Dhaka a chance for a better future by providing them with education, teaching them social skills, developing their entrepreneurial qualities, and supporting them in finding employment. There is also a focus on creating an environment in which young people can develop themselves

Our method

Social Employment Desk

The Social Employment Desk is the pivot of the organisation. Through this programme, the youth is recruited and moved directly or through our educational programmes, with the ultimate goal of a permanent job. Our goal is to admit 60 young people per year. The youth are selected on the basis of an entry and a motivation test. We try to place them externally, for example as cleaners, office workers, or skilled workers. Furthermore, personal and family counselling is offered in the form of a mentor after the placement. These mentors are co-responsible for monitoring and supervising the students through individual conversations, parent counselling, and visits to the work and/or training place.

Monthly cost per student

Our results

In collaboration with the Training Center of First Aid & Fire Safety and Bangladesh Red Cross Society, 21 young Bangladeshis received specially tailored first aid training. Upon successful completion of the training, they receive a first aid kit filled by us. This allows them to treat people. For this treatment, they ask for a small financial contribution from the patient. With this, they can refill the box again.

Once a month, the ex-students return to report to their mentor from Education Center Vialisa. This shows that they help an average of 8 people per month. The most common treatments are cleaning and bandaging wounds.

The focus of the computer lessons was on the basic skills of the Microsoft programs Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We have now added Photoshop and POS to that. The latter is a software program that is widely used in shops and restaurants. This allows us to create a better connection to the labour market.

At Vialisa, we listen to our students as much as possible. We help them to become independent, thus giving them the right to speak. The needs of our students are therefore the basis we build our programs upon.

Through the diversity of programmes, we are offering, we were able to find sustainable and impactful solutions for our students. 

The topic of Menstrual Health and Hygiene is addressed regularly in our weekly Teenage Club. Menstruation is still treated as taboo in Bangladesh. Because it is only a women’s problem, it is hardly spoken about. At the end of 2021, in collaboration with Foundation 21, we started a program to break through this.

For women living in Korail, purchasing sanitary pads is too expensive. Particularly for families with multiple women, it quickly becomes unaffordable. Women resort to using a piece of cloth available at the time as a substitute for sanitary napkins. As a result, this cloth might also be one that is regularly used for cleaning.

The students of our Benglish Crafts program make menstrual pouches, a small bag made from recycled saris containing 4 pieces of cotton washable sanitary pads. By offering sanitary pads in a pouch, they can be safely and cleanly stored after use.

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The Netherlands

Bank account: ING Bank

IBAN: NL95INGB0009552228

Swift / Bic code: INGBNL2A


RSIN / ANBI nummer: 8120.95.261

K.v.K (in Venlo): 12050567

Stationsweg 100

1702 AJ Heerhugowaard

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Road 23/b, house 1, Apt A4

Gulshan 1, Dhaka - 1212

Education Centre

Korail Bou Bazaar Slum Area

Unit-Kha, House 152

Ward 19, Ershad School mud field


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© Vialisa / 2021