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Bangladesh

About the Situation

By the Numbers

Nearly 155 million people live in Bangladesh

32% of the population lives below the poverty line

Less than half of the population is literate

(Sources: U.N. and World Bank)

Bangladesh has made impressive strides in improving human-development indicators and reducing extreme poverty in the past decade, but a great deal of work remains to be done.

Nearly 1/3 of the population lives below the poverty line, and one in five people lives in extreme poverty.

A significant percentage of the population relies on agriculture for income—but tropical storms and coastal flooding hinder many Bangladeshis’ abilities to make a secure living from farming, exacerbating poverty and insecurity.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

In 1991, Islamic ReliefTM provided vital emergency assistance to the people of Bangladesh in response to a tropical cyclone. Islamic Relief has worked in to help residents there ever since.

Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Bangladesh:

COMMUNITY-BASED SAFE WATER SUPPLY, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE
Active

This project aims to save lives and decrease the incidence of water-related illnesses and harmful effects of unhygienic sanitation. The effort will assist more than 2,000 people in the Sylhet District.

ENHANCING RESILIENCE OF CLIMATE-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Active

The goal of this program is to help improve quality of life, and to help reduce poverty and inequality throughout the Southwest by providing the means for communities to be resilient in the face of natural disaster. The construction of shelters; carbon storage and emission reduction activities; promotion of climate adaptive livelihood options; a variety of training sessions, including on First Aid and Rescue; social mobilization efforts; enhanced early-warning systems; advocacy campaigns and more are part of this initiative. More than 13,200 are being helped.

RESILIENCE THROUGH WATERSHED MANAGEMENT, RISK REDUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
Active

This is intended to decrease communities’ vulnerability to natural disasters through activities including construction of a new sewage treatment and water recycling facility, and stockpiling emergency response materials.

STRANDED IN BANGLADESH ACTION PROJECT
Active
Nearly 13,000 individuals stand to benefit from a project that provides long-term assistance to improve the standard of living of the Urdu-speaking minority population living in five camps in Bangladesh. The program will provide access to safe water and sanitation units, as well as training on maintenance; shelter renovations for ultra-poor households; skills training and income generation efforts; community empowerment initiatives, and more.

ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
Active

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Completed

In 2007, Islamic Relief provided emergency aid, including food packages, medical assistance, and rehabilitation services to survivors of Cyclone Sidr, considered the deadliest storm to hit Bangladesh in more than a decade.

WINTER ASSISTANCE FOR COLD-WAVE SURVIVORS
Completed

Some 2,200 families—approximately 11,000 individuals—received items in 2013 to protect them from the harsh cold, such as shawls and blankets. The project focused on communities in northern Bangladesh, where temperatures were among the lowest in the country in the last 45 years.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the Bangladesh Humanitarian Aid fund to support efforts like these.