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One of the biggest issues currently faced by the Bangladeshi population is food insecurity. COVID-19, record inflation and severe weather events like Cyclone Amphan have devastated families in poverty, exacerbated unemployment and caused basic items to become unaffordable.

For local children, malnutrition is a common and serious threat to their healthy development. Our local partners in Bangladesh are committed to helping vulnerable children thrive by addressing their short and long-term holistic needs.

Compassion’s programs are designed to be adapted to suit the local context. In Bangladesh, the current primary areas of focus for our partners are good nutrition, access to education and protection from child marriage.

Watch the latest video update from Bangladesh below to learn more.

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Country update

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for staff, children and families in Bangladesh.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Safe birth for mums and babies, including access to health facilities and medical attention.
  • Safety for children and their families who are living in areas vulnerable to flooding and extreme weather events.
  • Wisdom for Bangladesh’s leaders as they make decisions.
  • Protection over children who are most vulnerable to child marriage.
  • Provision of food and basic items for families in urgent need, especially for those with malnourished children.
Supporting babies in Bangladesh

Supporting babies in Bangladesh

Six days later after baby Protima was born, her mother passed away. Her father Prodip did everything he could to purchase formula for baby Protima and food for his other children. But it wasn’t enough. Protima was so underweight that many thought she would not survive. Thankfully, Protima was welcomed into Compassion’s Mums and Babies program at 21 days old and started growing steadily.   Read more open_in_new

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Bangladesh

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 9 visit the Compassion centre for five to six hours a day every weekday and eight hours on Saturdays.
  • Children aged 9 and older attend the centre for four hours each weekday and eight hours on Saturdays.

Compassion Program Activities in Bangladesh

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Compassion assisted children in Bangladesh typically attend program activities at their local child development centre before school and occasionally on Saturdays. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Bangladesh.

8:00am – A time for songs, games and introductions.

10:30am – Break time, when children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships.

11:00am – Social-emotional lessons ranging from conflict resolution to developing healthy self-esteem. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

12:00pm – Lunch and social time. Children generally receive a meal five days a week. The meals typically consist of rice and lentils with vegetables, fish, eggs, chicken or potatoes.

1:00pm – Health lessons, in which children learn practical health and hygiene lessons.

2:00pm – Letter writing and career planning. Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests and set goals for their future.

Children are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as singing, dance, drawing and drama. Children play outdoor games such as football, cricket and volleyball. Parents of Compassion assisted children meet once a month to learn a variety of topics.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Bangladesh


of people lack access to basic sanitation


of people over 15 cannot read or write

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with more than 169 million people living in a land area roughly two-thirds the size of Victoria. Known as East Pakistan until 1971, Bangladesh is a majority Muslim nation with over 88 per cent of the population identifying as Muslim.

Poverty remains deep and widespread in Bangladesh. Close to half the population lack access to basic sanitation services, and around 85 per cent live on less than US$5.50 per day. Bangladesh is also regularly affected by heavy monsoonal rains that cause flooding and mass displacement.

Most of the population relies on farming to make a living, with agriculture accounting for almost half of the country’s economy. Major crops include rice, jute and tea. Farming is growing increasingly difficult as rising seas destroy farmland in low-lying areas, inundating and salting the land and making it unfit for crops.

In recent years, urban areas—especially Dhaka, the capital—have experienced a population surge as many rural communities have found life increasingly difficult in their hometowns. This has led to the growth of urban slums around major cities, as families come looking for safer ground on which to build a home and the prospect of work to build a life. But in these slums, children are more vulnerable to malnutrition, child labour, child marriage, violence, abuse, poor sanitation and pollution.

Yet our local partners are at work, serving their communities by providing resources and education to help children and families thrive.

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