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Home to 163 million people, Bangladesh is one of most densely populated and largest developing countries in the world. A country that depends on agriculture, Bangladesh is vulnerable to floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, tornados and tidal bores. Although there have been efforts to improve education, this alone cannot overcome poverty. In rural areas, malnutrition, child labour, early marriage, and poor quality education and sanitation are common among children and their families. Children also suffer from easily preventable and treatable illnesses such as anemia and worms.
Child Sponsorship programs in Bangladesh
Save the Children first began delivering humanitarian assistance to some of the most disadvantaged children and families in Bangladesh in 1970. Over the last 40 years, our work has grown to include community-based development programs designed to create sustainable improvements in the health, education and well-being of children.
Working with families, children and communities to empower them to create lasting change for future generations is an essential part of Child Sponsorship programming in Bangladesh.Save the Children staff design and implement programs that address their specific needs and work across the following four core areas:
Early Childhood Care and Development
Supporting children during their early years is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. Children who participate in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities are more likely to make significant intellectual and social gains later in life than children who can’t access these types of programs. In Bangladesh, we implement programs to support the cognitive, psychosocial and physical development of young children, and provide a healthy and positive foundation for success in primary school and later in life.
In Bangladesh, we focus on improving access to and quality of education for school-aged children. Education programs include capacity building and training for teachers, parent sessions, supporting policies for school safety and a reading buddy mentoring initiative.
School Health and Nutrition
With the motto “learn to be healthy and be healthy to learn,” our School Health and Nutrition programs work with Bangladesh’s education systems to deliver basic health services and promote life-long nutrition and hygiene habits. De-worming and iron tablets, clean water and sanitation initiatives, and health education improve the well-being of children and keep them in school. They give children the energy and skills they need to learn and succeed.
In Bangladesh, we work with young people to improve their health and well-being. In particular, our Adolescent Development programs focus on reproductive and sexual health. Save the Children organises study circles and learning groups for young people, establishes information centres in schools and conducts educational sessions for the parents of teenagers.