Bangladesh

Bangladesh flag

Hyalo / Hello from Bangladesh

Language: Bengali

Bangladesh has lush green landscapes and a culture rooted in religion. It also is a country where many people have limited access to education and food. Compassion-assisted children experience these realities daily. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Bangladesh Stats

POPULATION: 168,065,920
89.1% Muslim
10% Hindu
0.9% Other

37,705
CHILDREN SERVED

170
CHURCHES SERVING

16
YEARS SERVING BANGLADESH

Young boys laugh while jumping in water

Young boys laugh while jumping in water.

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A girl smiles while sitting on the floor of her child development center

A girl smiles while sitting on the floor of her child development center.

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A group of children stand up and smile as they participate in the classroom

A group of children stand up and smile as they participate in the classroom.

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An older sister helps her siblings do their homework

An older sister helps her siblings do their homework.

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A young girl wearing a colorful dress pumps water from a well

A young girl wearing a colorful dress pumps water from a well.

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A young boy carries his brother on his back

A young boy carries his brother on his back.

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Two young girls sit on the ground next to their mother

Two young girls sit on the ground next to their mother.

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A group of children smile for the camera

A group of children smile for the camera.

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A girl smiles while standing outside her child development center

A girl smiles while standing outside her child development center.

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A group of children play a traditional game outside their child development center

A group of children play a traditional game outside their child development center.

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COMPASSION IN BANGLADESH

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children ages 3 to 9 years old go to the center for 5 to 6 hours a day every weekday and 8 hours on Saturday.
  • If a child is age 9 or older, he or she attends 4 hours each weekday and 8 hours on Saturday.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT IN BANGLADESH

Issue: One of the biggest challenges in Bangladesh is food scarcity. Nearly 33% of children under the age of 5 are underweight — among the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. And schools in Bangladesh do not serve food.

Response: At the centers, children receive meals five days a week. These meals are often their main source of nutrition. They also get fruit and milk once a week. Lunches usually include rice and lentils with vegetables, fish, eggs, meat or potatoes.

Prayer Point: Pray for children suffering from malnutrition, that they will receive medical and nutritional support to prevent long-term damage to their health.

Boys sitting and eating a nutritional meal
Beneficiaries receive nutritional support at their centers.
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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Bangladesh.

Did You Know?

Bangladesh is home to many of the world’s most interesting cats, including leopards, fishing cats and the Royal Bengal tiger.

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Life in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Fast Facts

Official Name: People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Form of Government: Parliamentary republic

Capital: Dhaka

Population: 168,065,920

Official Languages: Bangla (also known as Bengali)

Currency: Bangladeshi taka

Area: 57,320 square miles (148,460 square kilometers)

Compassion has been working in Bangladesh since 2004. These Bangladesh facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Bangladesh but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Bangladesh facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don't let the hopelessness of poverty overwhelm you. You can make a difference to a child in Bangladesh today!