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Overview

Most of Bangladesh is low-lying, and it is therefore one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the severe impacts of global climate change. 

The main environmental crises come from cyclones, tidal surges, storms, landslides, riverbank erosion and salinity intrusion into the soil. These factors significantly impact crop and vegetable production.

In 2017, hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, into neighbouring Bangladesh in urgent need of food, water, sanitation, shelter, medical aid and trauma care.

People wait in line for the distribution of live chickens by Tearfund’s local partner at a camp for refugees and displaced people in Bangladesh. Credit: Andrew Philip/Tearfund

People wait in line for the distribution of live chickens by Tearfund’s local partner at a camp for refugees and displaced people in Bangladesh. Credit: Andrew Philip/Tearfund

Our work

Tearfund began operating in Bangladesh in 1973 in response to a cyclone that caused widespread devastation. Our work has since broadened to help alleviate poverty through environmental and economic sustainability.

Our focus is on targeting climate change, vulnerable individuals and hard-to-reach poverty stricken areas. We work in a large number of districts, but will respond to emergencies anywhere in the country, in partnership with other groups.

Long-term development projects are increasingly focused on mobilising the church to respond to climate change as well as disaster risk reduction.

In addition to improving health and education facilities in communities across the country, our work has included tree planting, rainwater harvesting, water and sanitation improvement at cyclone shelters, and setting up small-scale community savings (microfinance) groups.

Our impact

Bangladeshi children playing in a village near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

Bangladeshi children playing in a village near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Ralph Hodgson/Tearfund

Please pray for Bangladesh

  • Pray for unity within the church, across denominations, that it would work together following Jesus wherever the need is greatest.
  • Pray for Tearfund and our partners to be able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters.
  • Thank God for the work in disaster response and community development made possible through the tireless efforts of the local church.

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