What we do
Our work here focuses on disaster preparedness, climate changes, democracy, women’s rights and protecting migrants.
Bangladesh can rightly be called a magnet for catastrophes because more and more often the country is struck by extreme weather conditions. It is predicted by the Bangladeshi government that, before 2040, southern Bangladesh will be flooded and 40 million inhabitants will be homeless.
Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most populous countries in the world. Today, approximately 150 million people live in the country and nearly one third of the population lives below the poverty line.
The primary industry in Bangladesh is agriculture, but every year, about a third of the country is flooded due to monsoon rains. It is difficult to grow crops and to fish during these periods, and the drinking water is polluted by saltwater that pours into the wells. The inhabitants lose their houses and are forced to build new ones. Furthermore, a great part of the male population must work in the larger cities to earn money for food.
However, the country is nearly self-sufficient as regards foodstuffs. The land is very fertile, and they grow rice, tea and jute.
Since the early 1980s Dan Church Aid has helped the poor in Bangladesh’s rural districts. Our work primarily focuses on responding to the humanitarian catastrophes.
Dan Church Aid supports our partners in Bangladesh who, among other things, educate the poor in an attempt to improve their knowledge of agricultural work. A significant part of this effort is also focused on getting villagers to unionize and stand together in civil associations and women’s groups instead of trying to make it on their own.
Our focus areas are: