Bangladesh became independent in 1971, and has since suffered military unrest, extreme poverty and natural disasters. In August 2017, monsoons, landslides and flooding devastated parts of northern Bangladesh. To further tax the resilient Bangladeshi people, 688,000 Rohingya men, women and children have crossed the border into Bangladesh, fleeing large-scale violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Since August 2017, 688,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. Save the Children is working around the clock to ensure Rohingya children and their families are supported in their basic human rights. We run more than 180 child-friendly spaces and centers which support Rohingya children’s learning and well-being. We are distributing food, shelter items and hygiene and household kits as well as digging latrines and handing out warm clothes and blankets for the cold winter months. Save the Children has reached more than 624,000 people including nearly 350,000 children.
The Challenges for Children in Bangladesh
Almost 7 million children (between the age of 5-14) need to work to help to help their families survive. Bangladeshi children need your help
70% of girls 15 and older are literate
18% of school-age children are out of school
34 out 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
4% of children are engaged in child labor
24% of people live in poverty
Our Work for Children in Bangladesh
Save the Children has been in Bangladesh since 1970, and today our programs reach over 15 million people each year. With a staff of over 800 and a network of more than 100 partners, we offer a wide range of development programs, while promoting the children and adolescents’ basic rights: education, good health, and a life without violence. We are also a leading humanitarian organization for refugee children in Bangladesh, with expertly trained staff and proven programs to respond swiftly and effectively to the country’s frequent emergencies.
Protected 134,426 children from harm
Supported 336,380 children in times of crisis
Provided 904,558 children with a healthy start in life
Supported 322,146 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
Gave 44,443 children vital nourishment