Housing poverty in Bangladesh
- 5,420 families served in FY18
- 506 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: construction, renovation, WaSH, slum upgrading
To improve the health of families, we partnered with many local organisations to provide access to clean water, safe sanitation facilities and raise personal hygiene standards - effectively reducing the spread of diseases within communities.
Bangladesh is among the most populous countries in the world with more than 1,100 people packed into every square kilometre.
Nearly one-third of the 160 million population is living below the national poverty line, according to World Bank’s data in 2010.
Recent projects include improvements in the Beguntila slum in Dhaka through the provision of clean water supply, improved toilets, communal bath houses and training in better hygiene.
More than two million people in the capital city of Dhaka either live in slums or are without any proper shelter. Urban migration is mainly due to better employment opportunities – especially in the ready-made garments sector – and educational opportunities.
While most people migrate for economic reasons, more than 26% leave for the cities because of natural disasters, river erosion and recurrent flooding.
Our local team works with partners and volunteers to provide decent homes as a way out of poverty.
Responding to natural disasters such as cyclones or storms has enabled us to help Bangladeshi families rebuild more resilient homes.Read more about urban poverty in Bangladesh