Bangladesh

60m

people do not have enough food to eat

80%

of the land area is prone to flooding

31%

of the population live in extreme poverty, on less than £1.45 a day

30%

of women in Bangladesh are malnourished

About Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. Its people are crammed into a delta of rivers that empty out into the Bay of Bengal. Most of Bangladesh is low-lying, and 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, affecting desperately needed food sources and nutrition for families.

While men and women both experience increased workloads during disasters, women suffer disproportionately, being mostly responsible for food supply and water collection.

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.

How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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Livelihoods

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Resilience

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Disaster Risk Reduction

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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.

Tearfund works mainly through eight partner organisations within Bangladesh, covering a broad range of issues. 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
  • tube-well installation
  • canal re-excavation
  • the formation of small-scale community savings (microfinance) groups
  • water and sanitation improvement at cyclone shelters
  • the installation of solar panels
  • the provision of lifeboats
  • the promotion of saline-resistant crops

We were able to influence the government to include children with disabilities in a social safety net scheme, through our advocacy work with partner group Baptist Aid.

OUR PARTNERS IN BANGLADESH: BBCF, CBSDP, The Salvation Army Bangladesh, World Concern Bangladesh, LAMB Hospital, CCDB, CCTB & COAST Trust

ACHIEVEMENTS

156,000

lives have been affected through Tearfund’s work with partner groups in Bangladesh since 2010.

5,246

people have received emergency supplies following prolonged flooding.

12

children with disabilities have received social ‘safety net’ grants from the government thanks to our advocacy work.

Pray for our work

  • 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.
  • Pray for opportunities for the church to be known as a refuge for those in need, and that more may come to know Jesus through this.

Stories from Bangladesh

  • Rohingya children playing

    Where can Children play in a refugee camp

    When 27-year-old Monjur arrived in the hot and crowded Kutupalong camp of Cox'sBazar his primary concern was the welfare of his children. As a Rohingya refugee arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar he and his family had already witnessed unbearable scenes of violence. The Rohingya crisis, which started one year ago, has lead to over 700,000 people fleeing over the border to camps in Bangladesh.

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  • Rohingya people

    A tale of two floods

    On 4 May last year, Jacob Sarker started his new role as Tearfund’s Country Representative for Bangladesh. On 30 May, Cyclone Mora hit the south of…

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  • Cox's Bazar site

    Before the monsoon

    In August 2017 violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar instigated a mass exodus of the Rohingya people. Now they're facing the threat of monsoon rains and landslides in Cox's Bazar.

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Where we're working