Working Through the Local Church
Compassion is the only organization in Bangladesh that works directly in partnership with the church.
The church building is used for program activities. Here, registered children receive a wide range of benefits, including nutritious meals, medical assistance, payment of school fees, clothing and hygiene supplies. Children are known, loved and protected by their sponsors and program staff members. Parents are glad to send their children to the church for these benefits, which they cannot afford.
How Compassion Works in Bangladesh
Compassion's work in Bangladesh began in 2003.
Compassion partners with churches and denominations, helping them provide Bangladeshi children with a program of long-term, holistic child development. This program gives impoverished children the opportunities they need to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
As liaisons between local church partners and Compassion, Partnership Facilitators play a vital role. Among other duties, they assess partners’ needs, monitor their implementation of child development activities, provide training for their staff, and relay information from the national office.
Glen is Partnership Facilitator for eight Compassion-assisted child development centers in northern Bangladesh. For Glen to visit the centers, which are located in remote villages, he uses a combination of buses, rickshaws and motorbikes.
Expressing his passion for serving children in need, Glen says, “I grew up in a village, so I know what these children face. I believe if they are cared for, they will someday contribute to their communities and ultimately, the country.”