Country Overview

Capital Population Religion Economic
Christian Evangelical Islam HDI Rank GDP Per Capita
Dhaka 159,560,000 0.4% Unknown 89% 139 of 188 $1,162

Bangladesh is a low-lying country surrounded by India on three sides and Myanmar in the far southeast. The intersecting Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers bring annual flooding, that causes both destruction and renewed fertility to the surrounding farmland. The land is ideal for cultivating rice, a staple for the growing population. With more than 2,600 people per square mile, Bangladesh is one of the most crowded countries on earth.


Program Overview

Location Reach Setting Program Started
Dhaka 4 Communities Urban 2010

Program Impact

In 2007, World Poverty Solutions began partnering with local churches to reach people in Dhaka’s vast urban slums. The living conditions were deplorable. Garbage was everywhere, and blocked drains left sewage standing in the streets, which caused a variety of easily preventable diseases. Countless children suffered from malnutrition. Adults, due to the high unemployment rates, often turned to drugs, alcohol, and domestic violence as outlets for their frustration.

  • Children are receiving education
  • Health and hygiene training has brought new understanding and lifestyle changes, that have decreased the occurrences of diarrhea, malaria, worms, and skin infections.
  • Overall living conditions have improved.
  • Adult literacy programs for women have improved their economic prospects and given them more job opportunities.
  • As teams of local believers have taught their neighbors about health and hygiene, friendships have formed with Muslim and Hindu neighbors. Church members are now even called upon when Muslim and Hindu neighbors are in need of prayer or counseling.
  • As a result of the CHE ministry, all areas of life are being touched in these communities, and the local churches are growing.

 

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Data Sources:
Population and Religion: www.joshuaproject.net
HDI Rank: hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI
GDP Per Capita (2015): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMF_ranked_countries_by_GDP