Bangladesh Map

Bangladesh Map

The Garo tribe of northeastern Bangladesh make up the majority of the region, settling in the area after fleeing from Mongolia and traveling through Tibet in the first century. This region of Bangladesh is remote, and is largely known for its tea gardens and tropical forests.        

Bangladesh

Northeastern Region

  • This Compassion center director often visits children's homes to build relationships with their families. This Compassion center director often visits children's homes to build relationships with their families.
  • At their Compassion centers, children are engaged in a variety of fun activities that maximize their development. At their Compassion centers, children are engaged in a variety of fun activities that maximize their development.
  • Spiritual development is an important component of the Compassion curriculum in Bangladesh. Spiritual development is an important component of the Compassion curriculum in Bangladesh.
  • Because village homes in the northeast do not have running water, children spend many hours in the daily task of collecting water. Because village homes in the northeast do not have running water, children spend many hours in the daily task of collecting water.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they receive letters back from their sponsors. Sponsored children regularly write to their sponsors. And they are so encouraged when they  receive letters back from their sponsors.
  • Homes of poor families in northeast Bangladesh have woven bamboo walls, dirt floors and thatched or tin roofs. Homes of poor families in northeast Bangladesh have woven bamboo walls, dirt floors and thatched or tin roofs.
 
BANGLADESH OVERVIEW

Population

166,280,712

Religion

Islam

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Northeastern Bangladesh Bangladesh Overview
  • Agriculture is the primary source of income in this region, which has minimal industrial development. However, because agricultural labor is seasonal, families are often unable to earn any income at various times of the year.
  • Given families’ unpredictable income, the basic needs of children sometimes go unmet.
  • Low education levels and illiteracy affect this region, as does the lack of adequate sanitation, which leads to life-threatening illnesses among children.
  • Throughout the country, 31.5 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, with 43 percent of the people subsisting on less than $1.25 per day.
LIFE
In Northeastern Bangladesh

Geography & Climate

  • Located in South Asia, Bangladesh is in the low-lying Ganges-Brahmaputra River Delta.
  • Bangladesh has a tropical monsoon climate characterized by heavy seasonal rainfall, high temperatures and high humidity.
  • The northeastern region is known for its many small streams and rivers that are tributaries of the Jamuna River.
  • The alluvial soil found throughout the country is highly fertile, but also vulnerable to cycles of flood and drought.
  • Natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes ravage the country each year.
  • Bangladesh is widely recognized as one of the countries most susceptible to the adverse effects of climate change.

Economy

With widespread fertile soil, agriculture plays a crucial role in Bangladesh’s economy, with principal crops including rice, tea, wheat and sugarcane.

Nearly half of the country’s population is employed in the agriculture sector. Given the frequency of natural disasters and volatile weather patterns, those who rely on farming for their livelihood are highly vulnerable.

The per capita annual income is estimated to be U.S.$1,500.

Forty percent of the population is underemployed. Many people counted as employed work only a few hours a week and at low wages.

Children at Home

Houses in northeastern Bangladesh are typically built with bamboo and straw. Many of these structures have mud walls with a roof of straw or plastic sheets.

Children at home

The houses are typically 7 feet by 14 feet in size, usually accommodating five or six people. Most homes have front yards where families keep cows, chickens and ducks.

Because many village homes in this region do not have running water, children spend hours each day collecting water from the nearest source to meet their families’ needs.

COMMUNITY
Bangladesh Community
Issues and Concerns

The northeastern region is a remote area, and many of the villages have little or no access to hospitals or clinics.

Some villages have no medical facilities at all, and the people who live there must travel more than 20 miles for medical care.

Local Needs and Challenges

Health care

Children in remote villages lack access to medical care. Few health centers exist, and without transportation most people have to walk miles to receive medical care.

Education

There are few schools, and those that exist are typically undersupplied and staffed by unqualified teachers. Still, the people in this area have a higher literacy rate than the general Bangladeshi population.

EDUCATION
Bangladesh education
Schools and Education
  • While people in this region recognize the value of education, not many can afford school fees.
  • There are few schools in this part of the country, including just one high school with a capacity of 300 students and only nine teachers.
  • The two primary schools lack books, trained teachers and adequate facilities.
  • While the Bangladeshi government works to ensure a primary education for all children, many children must leave school after fifth grade.
  • More than 70 percent of children in the northeastern region will never complete high school.
At the Compassion Child Development Center

Child development centers in northeastern Bangladesh provide registered children with a place to learn and grow.

To combat malnutrition, children are provided nutritious meals.

They also are provided the support and supplies they need to attend school. After-school tutoring and activities based on the Compassion curriculum, adapted to Bangladesh culture, enable children to develop their full potential in all facets of life: physical, educational, emotional and spiritual.

Children receive hygiene products such as soap and shampoo as well as sanitation training to help them avoid illness. When they get sick, their medical needs are covered.

For caregivers, centers conduct meetings to raise their awareness about the importance of nutritious food and education for their children. As a result of Compassion’s work, assisted children often set an example for their parents and inspire them to improve their own lives.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local worship centers, Compassion is bringing help and hope to children in need in northeastern Bangladesh, providing them with:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • health and hygiene training
  • access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
  • mentoring to help children discover their incredible value as God’s children