COVID-19 and Compassion’s Work in Bangladesh

An in-depth look at the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh

Last Updated: 04/12/2021

Bangladesh reached its peak number of active COVID-19 cases this month, registering more than 7,000 new infections daily on April 4 and 5, with 52 deaths on April 5. At the time, the country had administered enough doses to fully vaccinate 1.6% of its 162.7 million people. The government decreed a 7-day lockdown on April 5 to curb the surge in cases and deaths. Bangladesh requires mask wearing and social distancing when not at home, and failure to comply could lead to a fine. Primary schools will remain closed until May and students will be taught online.

Most partner centers have resumed activities for children and youths in small groups in outdoor courtyards. Where that is not possible, staff members maintain regular contact with children and caregivers through home visits and phone calls. Compassion Bangladesh staff and local partners have been able to send over 340,500 food packs and 351,000 hygiene kits to beneficiary families. Additionally, they have provided medical support to almost 10,000 people. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials.

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A Message From National Staff

How Is Compassion Currently Operating in Bangladesh?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Bangladesh, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Development Centers Open?

At most partner locations, activities have resumed and small group meetings are held outdoors. Elsewhere, staff members are creating virtual program activities and distributing at-home curricula. They continue to call and check in on families and make home visits when possible. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 340,500 food packs and 351,000 hygiene kits to children and their families!

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“At the beginning of the pandemic, I realized that Daddy was very unhappy and didn’t smile like before,” 10-year-old Srabonti says. “Mommy didn’t smile much either and used to spend her spare time talking to Daddy in sign language.”

Srabonti’s father, Khokon, was unable to work during quarantine. Born nonverbal, he used to greet her with a big smile and the sign for “smile.” But this year, his smile turned to anxiety as food began running out and the landlord demanded overdue rent.

Khokon couldn’t see a way out of their desperate situation, and the inflation of the price of vegetables made it worse. Even their relatives had begun ignoring them, anticipating the family’s plea for help. Their only consolation during the pandemic was when Compassion’s local partners at the child development center would contact them to keep track of their situation.

One day, Srabonti heard a knock on the door. It didn’t sound like the knock that her brothers or father made. To her surprise, it was Lima, her tutor from the child development center! Srabonti could tell she had a big smile behind her mask. Usually, Srabonti would have flung her arms around Lima, but remembering what she had been taught about social distancing, she shouted, “Hi, Miss!” Lima had a big surprise for Srabonti: a food parcel containing rice, lentils, potatoes, soybean oil and toiletries. It was a lifeline for the family that boosted their spirits in the middle of calamity.

“When I first received the food, I was very happy that now my Mommy and Daddy would smile again,” Srabonti says.

How can I pray for Bangladesh?

Please pray for a decrease in the number of people being infected with the virus in Bangladesh. For more prayer resources, visit Compassion’s COVID-19 prayer page for prayer guides and a virtual prayer wall.

How Can I Help?

Sponsor a Child in Bangladesh
Give to Compassion’s COVID-19 Relief Fund
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