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Salma, from Project Compassion 2019. Photo: Ashish Peter Gomes.

Bangladesh

With your help, we support programs that increase food security, build sustainable livelihoods and improve the socio-economic status of the most marginalised people in Bangladesh.

Our work in Bangladesh 

Bangladesh has made impressive economic progress in recent years, however, frequent natural disasters, like cyclones and floods, devastate communities experiencing poverty. We work with our local partners, walking alongside the most vulnerable, marginalised communities, supporting them to achieve food security and sustainable livelihoods.

Bangladesh is also home to one of the largest refugee camps in the world at Cox’s Bazar, with over 700,000 Rohingya people, crossing into Bangladesh since August 2017 alone, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1.3 million people are now living in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Even before the refugee crisis, 33 percent of residents lived below the national poverty line, 17 percent below the extreme poverty line.

Our work in Bangladesh for COVID-19

Partnership

Working with local communities in Bangladesh for over 40 years

Programs

We support two programs through one local partner in Bangladesh

Priorities

Sustainable livelihoods, food security, support for Indigenous groups, disaster risk reduction, maternal and children's health

Program snapshot

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Your support of livelihoods programs enable Adivasi women, who have a lower social status in Bangladesh, to generate income through vegetable farming. Photo: Eleanor Trinchera, Caritas Australia

Sustainable Livelihoods for Indigenous Communities in Dinajpur (SLPID)

Running since: 2017

Partner Agencies: Caritas Bangladesh  

Aims: To improve the lives of marginalised indigenous people by strengthening Traditional Social Organisations (TSOs)

Who it is for: Marginalised indigenous communities in Dinajpur

Achievements: 

  • This program has already reached 60 Traditional Social Organisations in Bangladesh. TSOs are instrumental in preserving significant, traditional cultural and environmental practices. This fosters a sense of belonging within communities and a connection with the land.
  • Over 8600 participants took part in training in livestock rearing and aquaculture.
  • Nearly 3,000 individuals have been trained in agriculture, livestock and poultry–rearing to improve their economic status.
  • 60 TSOs have been empowered to access government social safety net schemes
  • Over 1,280 women project participants participate in the “Handful of Rice Groups” in 60 villages, providing them a certain level of financial stability.
  • Awareness-raising activities around COVID-19 prevention.

Fact: So far, the program has directly helped nearly 3,000 individuals, including 15 people living with a disability

More background

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely-populated countries, with one of the fastest growing economies. Although health and education have improved in recent years and its population growth rate has slowed, poverty is still widespread. 

Living conditions: Shanty towns are common in some major cities, with natural disasters like floods and strong monsoon rains often destroying dwellings, farm plots, and small livelihoods, leaving people with no basic services, like water, electricity, and food. 

Natural disasters: Bangladesh’s location on the Brahmaputra River Delta and flat, low-lying landscape, makes it highly vulnerable to natural disasters due to its geographical location. It is often affected by cyclones, floods, storm surges, river bank erosion, earthquakes, drought. 

Inequality is also high. Despite its consistent economic growth, inequality continues to impact the most marginalised groups in Bangladesh, particularly women, children, and indigenous people.

You can help

With your generous support, we work with Bangladesh’s most marginalised and vulnerable communities to increase food security, improve livelihoods, support disaster risk reduction and strengthen traditional community ties.

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You can provide critical lifesaving aid and assistance to the communities in Bangladesh devastated by earthquakes, cyclones, flooding or conflicts. Your donation means that our partners on the ground can respond quickly and efficiently when disasters strike.

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