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Where is Bangladesh?

Bangladesh is a country in South Asia

Our impact


Most of Bangladesh is low-lying, and it is therefore one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the negative effects of global climate change. For example, cyclones, tidal surges, storms, and landslides are common. These events significantly limit 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

Our work in Bangladesh

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.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

We work with communities to provide low-cost, arsenic-free water points in collaboration with the Department of Public Health. We also provide solar-powered water distillers and rainwater tanks for families to store large quantities of water, and we work to promote good hygiene practices within communities. 

Our life-saving WASH assistance for refugees and host communities includes installing and maintaining accessible water and sanitation services, providing hygiene kits, and promoting good hygiene practices. 

Sexual and gender-based violence

Tearfund and our local partners emphasise the protection of women and girls and promote women’s leadership, rights and empowerment. We provide training to increase women’s leadership skills and capacity.

Tearfund and our local partners are committed to addressing the underlying causes of gender inequality. One of our programmes, Transforming Masculinities, is a community-led intervention for the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence and child marriage. This programme has been successfully piloted across countries in Africa and is now being trialled in Bangladesh.

Improving livelihoods

We provide training and support to people in vulnerable communities who want to start income-generating activities – particularly women, people with disabilities, young people, and the elderly. We do this through partnering with local organisations and churches and setting up self-help groups in the community.

Adapting to climate change

We are helping communities adapt to the negative effects of climate change by: raising awareness of environmental issues such as deforestation; initiating tree plantation projects; supporting communities with recycling and waste management; and promoting sustainable agriculture techniques and the use of solar energy. 

Humanitarian response

We aim to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable communities affected by disasters. For example, we responded to the coronavirus pandemic by providing for people’s immediate needs and helping communities recover from the long-term economic impact. We have also been responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis and are providing support to both the Rohingya people and their host communities.

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

Partnerships and funding

Some of our institutional donors include:

Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC)

Funding projects focused on Covid-19 prevention; livelihoods support; disaster risk reduction; water, sanitation and hygiene; and the empowerment of women and girls.

EO Metterdaad 

Funding projects focused on Covid-19 prevention and recovery, livelihoods support and disaster risk reduction.

Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA)

Funding projects focused on disaster risk reduction; water, sanitation and hygiene; and livelihood support.

Integral Alliance

Funding projects focused on disaster risk reduction; water, sanitation and hygiene; and livelihoods support.

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