Coping with a changing climate: Your Lent 2019 donations in Bangladesh

11 July 2019

Khalek, Rabiul and Mahinur outside their home in Barisal, Bangladesh.

Khalek, Rabiul and Mahinur outside their home in Barisal, Bangladesh. Photo credit: Richard Sloman

CAFOD’s Lent 2019 Appeal focused on Mahinur and her family in southern Bangladesh. They are bearing the brunt of a changing climate after their local river ran dry last year.

Using some of your incredible donations to our Lent 2019 Appeal, we have started a new project in Mahinur’s village and the surrounding areas.

How your donations are being used

Our three-year project in Bangladesh will reach out to 3,000 families across 15 villages.

Through the project we will:

  • teach local people new skills and farming techniques, such as making their own vermicompost
  • distribute seeds and livestock, including ducks, chickens, goats and sheep
  • offer vocational training, to help support local people with disabilities like Mahinur’s husband.

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What is life like for Mahinur’s family now?

Mahinur in a boat crossing the river that separates her home from the rest of the village.

Mahinur in a boat crossing the river that separates her home from the rest of the village. Photo credit: Richard Sloman

The project started in April and has come just in time. Mahinur has met with our local experts, who are deciding which activities will be best for her.

“When I was told I would be part of the project, I felt good,” she says, “I was happy to receive this news.”

We have encouraged Khalek, Mahinur’s husband, to attend the local disability support group. The group offers advice on things like applying for government disability allowance. It meets with community leaders to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Khalek has also received some new crutches to make getting around easier, as he only had one damaged crutch and a bamboo stick when we met him in 2018.

The work we are doing in Bangladesh means that local people can think about the future positively once more.

“When I was told I would be part of the project, I felt good. I was happy to receive this news.”

Mahinur, a working mother in Barishal village

“My biggest dream is to try and open a shop across the river … selling tea, bananas, biscuits,” Mahinur explains. “This would give me a steady income. This would make me more stable and hopeful.”

Thanks to your donations, we can reach families like Mahinur’s living in communities affected by the global climate emergency.

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