Bangladesh has made impressive strides in improving human-development indicators and reducing extreme poverty in the past decade, but a great deal of work remains to be done. Nearly 1/3 of the population lives below the poverty line, and one in five people lives in extreme poverty. IRUSA are supporting efforts for orphans, water and sanitation, refugee assistance, food, and more. Many of our projects in the country support the needs of refugees from Myanmar. In July 2019, IRUSA rushed aid to monsoon flooding and landslide survivors in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries.
A significant percentage of the population relies on agriculture for income, but tropical storms and coastal flooding hinder many Bangladeshis’ abilities to make a secure living from farming, exacerbating poverty and insecurity. Islamic Relief first provided aid in Bangladesh in 1991, in response to a tropical cyclone. IR donors have supported efforts for orphans, water and sanitation, food, and more.
Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Bangladesh fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Bangladesh refugees in other countries.