With a population of over 150 million, Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with nearly 1,000 people per square kilometre. Tropical monsoons, frequent floods, and cyclones inflict heavy damage annually to this impoverished nation. Over a third of the population is under the age of 18 and almost seven million children between 5 and 14 have to work to help their families to survive.
While Bangladesh has made significant progress in addressing national health and education challenges over the four decades since its independence, the country remains one of the world’s poorest; 45% of the population live below the poverty line, 53% of the population over the age of 15 is illiterate, 41% of children under 5 are malnourished.
We have three projects in Bangladesh: