Poor water and sanitation, early marriage, and natural disasters plagued Bangladesh in 2015. At least 21 people died in floods and landslides after heavy rains. 20 million people do not have access to safe water and 63 million people don’t have latrines. Waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea present a major health challenge in Bangladesh, where 100,000 children die of these illnesses every year and millions of others suffer from malnutrition.
Child marriage presents another critical issue for the country. Nearly one third of Bangladeshi girls are married before age 15, which is the highest rate of child marriage in the world for this age group.
World Vision’s efforts in 2015 centered on improving nutrition and sanitation and eliminating child marriage. Malnourished kids were treated with vitamin and food supplements to increase their weight and parents learned about cooking with nutritious local ingredients. School children and adults alike were trained on proper handwashing techniques. We trained committees, children, youth, church members, and men and women to advocate against child marriage.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
To ensure that families can provide for the health, nutrition, and educational needs of their children, we provided the training, resources, and loans families need to start household gardens, raise livestock, and start small businesses.
Children and youth gathered at the child forums we provided for them to learn about topics such as leadership, child rights, and preventing early marriage and child labor in their communities.
Through the privately funded Bangladesh Child Protection Project, in FY15, nearly 338,000 adults and youth were reached with trafficking awareness and prevention messages.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
We partnered with the local government, health clinics, and community members to provide nutrition interventions for around 10,000 malnourished children and their caregivers. Participants learned about child health and nutrition, attended cooking demonstrations, and received home visits to monitor the weight of the children.
To prevent childhood illness, we conducted sessions on sanitation and hygiene practices. Parents, children, teachers, and community members were taught about personal hygiene, handwashing, waste management, and boiling water to make it safe to drink.
After attending health classes we provided, communities are now more aware of the nutritional needs of pregnant and nursing women, as well as how to prevent and treat common childhood illnesses.
We helped parents access markets for rice, fish, vegetables to increase their income--77 percent were able to pay for their children's health costs as a result.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to
develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future,
and families and communities support children's education.
In order to ensure that children are ready for primary school, we opened preschools in partnership with local governments and community-based organizations. The preschoolers are growing physically, mentally, and socially and are learning to count, recognize letters, and interact with other children.
We facilitated life-skills trainings for youth ages 12-18 in order to promote essential lessons such as confidence, leadership, communication, decision making, and good judgment.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local
churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways,
and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Bangladesh
World Vision's staff in Bangladesh are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Child brides to find hope in the midst of limited lives and to have the opportunity for education.
Community health workers who teach parents to keep track of their malnourished kids’ recovery process by monitoring their weight.