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The climate crisis is the greatest challenge we face as a global family. It affects everyone: destroying homes, lives and livelihoods.

The issue is not only how extreme cyclones and floods are, but their greater frequency. The greater the frequency, the more difficult it is for people to start over again.

For families like Dristy's, who are facing more cyclones and floods every year, resilience means everything. It means their land, their homes, their communities and their ways of making a living are prepared to face the effects of the next storm.

This is why the work of our partner Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development is so important. BASD is a social development charity set up by social workers, teachers, doctors and Church leaders of different denominations. Your support enables them to train Rupali and hundreds more women like her on small practices that make a big difference for both people and the environment.

As you can see in the video, BASD follows a permaculture approach, which involves collaborating with communities to develop ways of farming that satisfy their needs without contaminating the soil and water.

Dristy and Rupali

Dristy and Rupali work in their garden

You can help us fund more eco-villages:

  • £2,462 can provide materials and training to build 100 raised beds to protect vegetables from salinity and water-logging;

  • £10,000 can plant 4,000 palm trees to protect homes and land from wind and waves;

  • £18,146 can provide places for 100 women on a two-week permaculture course, covering growing food, adapting to climate change and earning your own income;

  • £28,950 can fund 10 mini demo farms, where eco-villagers can join training on caring for animals like cows, goats, ducks and chickens.

If you have questions about our work on climate adaptation, or if you think you can help us fund a specific project, our team is here to help.

Thank you for considering a donation to CAFOD.

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It’s not right if I always have food on my table, yet my neighbour barely has anything to eat. I will stay well, I will keep my environment well, and I need to fight to help the people who are around me too. When they are all in a good place, the entire village will be in a good place.