The most densely populated and poorest country.
Although the country is very fertile, it is also prone to cyclones and flooding. Agriculture does not provide enough jobs with 75% of the population living in the countryside. The average annual income is only $380, and malnutrition and illiteracy are widespread.
Islamic Relief began work in Bangladesh in 1991, helping the victims of a tropical cyclone. Islamic Relief has continued its efforts in relief and development. Having an established office in Bangladesh has allowed us to respond with speed to emergencies such as Cyclone Sidr in 2007, whereby Islamic Relief responded with emergency relief including food, shelter and medical provisions and then subsequently worked on rehabilitation, rebuilding houses and communities.
Due to Bangladesh being prone to cyclones, Islamic Relief has pioneered on disaster risk reduction activities, reducing the potential risk to communities from a natural disaster such as a cyclone. These initiatives have included 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; enhanced early-warning systems.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Sustainable Vocational Training and Education Centre
- Raised the socio-economic condition of the target group to effectively participate in national development with enhanced capacity and dignity
- Improved livelihoods of the targeted participants from marginalized communities through providing education and vocational training such as electronics repairing, welding and fabrication, tailoring and embroidery and more.
- Tube wells construction
- Constructed shallow tube wells in the disaster affected areas of Char to ensure safe drinking water and improved hygiene practice