Since 2017, nearly 1 million Rohingya people have fled their homes in Myanmar to escape violence. Now living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, they rely on humanitarian aid to survive. Over half of the refugee population are children. Learn more about the ongoing Rohingya crisis and how World Vision is helping.
Why World Vision is in Bangladesh
Bangladesh experienced major successes in national infrastructure, but natural disasters last year caused challenges throughout the country. Heavy rains and flooding were the worst in 122 years for some regions. Returning spikes of COVID-19 cases caused schools to shut down in February of 2022, and then flooding hit, further challenging children’s ability to return to school.The heavy rains affected 7.2 million people, displacing them from their homes and restricting access to healthcare facilities. Cyclone Sitrang hit in October of 2022, forcing 1 million people to evacuate. Tragically, 20,000 homes were damaged and many healthcare facilities sustained damage. In response to the flooding, World Vision reached 164,330 people with emergency aid. Over 12,000 people are now being empowered through climate-smart practices in agriculture to prevent as much damage in future disasters. World Vision staff also distributed hygiene kits, supported road and bridge repairs, and sent water tanks and lifeboats to ensure children had the ability to return to school. Additionally, we continued empowering vulnerable children and families through economic empowerment, child protection, education, clean water access, gender equality training, and more.
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.
Prayer Requests from Bangladesh
World Vision's staff in Bangladesh are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For vulnerable areas to be protected from the upcoming monsoon season.
For children vulnerable to child marriage and other child protection issues, as this has become a major issue since the pandemic began.
News from Bangladesh
In northern Bangladesh, Sumaiya faced the all-too-common prospect of child marriage when she was 16, a practice still prevalent in her region. With her parents working in a different town, her grandparents, under financial strain, arranged for her marriage. Through Sumaiya’s determination and involvement with her adolescent club, part of a World Vision initiative promoting social justice and education for girls, the marriage was called off, and Sumaiya is helping other girls in her community experience more hopeful futures.
In rural Jamalpur, Bangladesh, Monika Khatun is transforming her family’s livelihood by adopting improved farming practices. As her small plot of crops flourishes, she shares her wisdom with others.
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