Densely populated Bangladesh faces many challenges, including rising sea levels and frequent cyclones.
- The country has two million malnourished children and the highest rate of underweight children in South Asia.
- CAFOD is working through a local Catholic organisation to respond to the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district.
- CAFOD works with a disability expert, Action on Disability and Development (ADD) to bring disabled people together in groups to talk about the problems they are facing and to demand change.
CAFOD in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of climate change. It is also one of the most disaster-prone - with floods, droughts and cyclones affecting more than seven in every ten people.
We are working through a local Church organisation and other local experts to teach people farming skills to help their crops to thrive in a changing climate, and teaching trades like mechanics and tailoring so people aren’t solely reliant on farming in the unpredictable weather.
CAFOD’s local partner, Caritas Bangladesh is responding to the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district. They are providing emergency aid for refugees such as food and kitchen utensils.
Stigma and discrimination against women and the country's large disabled population worsen the levels of extreme poverty. Our partner, Action on Disability and Development brings disabled people together in groups to talk about the problems they are facing and to demand change. Abdur Rahim has faced discrimination because of his disability.
Since I've been involved with the group, I get more respect in the workplace and from the local leaders. It has helped me find a place in the community. I have a dream that I can become a local leader myself, and this will help me to do something for other disabled people."