Bangladesh

Located in South Asia on the Ganges River delta, Bangladesh borders the Bay of Bengal, as well as India and Myanmar. Nearly 155 million people live in Bangladesh, making it one of the world’s most densely populated countries.

  • Population: 154,695,400
  • Life Expectancy: 70 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 83%
  • School Enrollment: 96%
  • Land Mass: 55,597 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 58%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 41/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 840

Facts about Bangladesh

Disaster Response

Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country. Cyclones and floods are the most common.

Food & Agriculture

These frequent disasters damage crop production and increase food insecurity. The World Food Program estimates that more than 40 percent of children under 5 suffer from stunting due to malnutrition.

Disaster Response

The five-inch rise in sea levels predicted due to climate change has the potential to displace millions and place half of the country underwater by 2030.

Economic Development

Around 5 percent are unemployed, and 31.5 percent of the population is below the poverty line.

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Progress in Bangladesh

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2014.

  • Community leaders took part in a series of meetings that educated them about child protection issues and equipped them to handle child rights violations.

  • To increase household income for families, we trained adults and youth on basic computer skills and small business management.

  • Farmers learned about growing more vegetables, rearing livestock, and fish farming, as well as how to sell their products at market in order to increase food and income for their children.

  • Thousands of children attended a life-skills-based education program, where they learned to make wise decisions, protect themselves, manage emotions, and communicate ideas, especially during difficult times in their lives.

  • We enrolled children between the ages of 3 and 5 in early childhood education centers where they learned skills such as counting and reading to get ready for primary school. Parents also received education about nutrition, health, parenting, and child development.

  • Local teachers attended workshops on improved teaching methodologies for both primary and secondary school, school monitoring, and educating students who are at high risk of dropping out.

  • Children gained adequate weight to prevent malnourishment after we introduced a nutrition program. The program includes growth monitoring, high-protein foods, vitamin supplements, and nutrition education for caregivers.

  • Mothers and fathers are better able to meet their children's health needs after attending classes on managing diarrhea, treating pneumonia, and providing deworming medications.

  • Demonstrating Christ’s love through our actions, we worked among the children and families of the community to promote peace and justice and encourage understanding.

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    World Vision in Bangladesh Today

    World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Bangladesh to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 30,300 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Bangladesh. Highlights include:

    • Providing public health services mainly focused on primary health, nutrition education, and behavioral changes for children to keep themselves healthy.
    • Responding to emergencies and climate change through disaster relief, rehabilitation, and environmental preservation programs.
    • Assisting children with their education and helping raise the pass rate of national exams.
    • Providing opportunities for children to learn and reflect together about their rights, educational development, and future aspiration for democratic leadership.

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    World Vision History in Bangladesh

    World Vision began assisting the people of East Pakistan (later Bangladesh) in 1970 following a flood and cyclone, bringing relief to the people of the coastal region. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:

    • Helping Bangladeshis rebuild their homes after the civil war with West Pakistan after 1971.
    • Offering nutrition education to mothers and promoting pediatric research during the 1970s.
    • Providing food, clothing, housing, medical services, and rebuilding assistance for people affected by floods since the 1980s.
    • Increasing access to safe drinking water during the 1990s.
    • Helping children who were abused in adult correctional facilities move to juvenile detention centers since the beginning of the 21st century.

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    Geography & People

    Geography and people

    Located in south Asia on the Ganges River delta, Bangladesh borders the Bay of Bengal, as well as India and Myanmar. Nearly 155 million people live in Bangladesh, making it one of the world’s most densely populated countries.

    Bangladesh sits in one of the most disaster-prone areas of the world. Frequent cyclones and floods have killed thousands of people and impeded economic growth for decades.

    About 45 percent of Bangladeshis work in agriculture. Crops include rice, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, and more. Because of severe overpopulation, farmers cannot produce enough crops. Natural resources include arable land, coal, natural gas, and timber.

    About 98 percent of people consider themselves Bengal. The official language is Bangla, often known as Bengali, but people also speak English.

    In Bangladeshi culture, parents often arrange for their daughter to marry when she is very young. She then lives with her husband’s family as she grows up. Her husband often is older, and she will never address him by name.

    History

    Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, proclaimed independence from West Pakistan in March 1971. Over the next 30 years, the country saw political assassinations, bloodless coups, and a succession of corrupt presidents and prime ministers.

    In October 2006, violent protests started over alleged election corruption when President Iajuddin Ahmed took office as chief adviser for the caretaker government. The violence intensified in January 2007, prompting President Ahmed to declare a state of emergency and postpone the impending elections. Elections resumed in late 2008.

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    Prayer Requests for Bangladesh

    • Please pray for World Vision staff in Bangladesh as they work to improve the well-being of children by influencing national policies on child protection.
    • Pray also for World Vision’s water and hygiene campaigns, which are reducing diarrhea for children.