Fire is continuing to rage through a refugee camp in Bangladesh after it started March 22. Reports are that hundreds of homes and other essential facilities have been affected. There are reports of fatalities but these have not yet been confirmed. Close to 100,000 people have been affected, with numbers expected to rise in the coming days
Islamic Relief Bangladesh (via its local partner) has an ongoing project in the same camp. At this stage, we don’t know if the project activities have been affected by the fire.
As information from the ground is still developing, Islamic Relief is moving fast to get survivors essential items, including emergency tents, latrines, hygiene kits including face masks and covid-19 protective material, and other items such as clothes and mosquito nets. This will grow in the coming period as further needs become evident.
All of this also compounded with COVID-19. The virus continues to make its way through vulnerable communities who we are working with to provide critical aid.
Islamic Relief USA launched an emergency to support critical relief efforts for our sisters and brothers in Bangladesh. Please remember them in your dua and in your donations today.
A significant percentage of the population in Bangladesh depend on agricultural outputs for income. However, tropical storms and coastal flooding may interfere, only to exacerbate poverty and economic insecurity. Educational opportunities also continue to be of varying quality.
Did you know the following statistics about Bangladesh?
With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Bangladesh are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief first provided aid in Bangladesh in 1991, in response to a tropical cyclone. Since that, time IR donors have supported efforts for orphans, water and sanitation, food, and more.
IRUSA’s support of projects within Bangladesh range from rooftop gardens that are mitigating climate change, to watershed management, to disaster resilience. As always, we keep both long-term and short-term health and nutrition programs a priority.
Islamic Relief USA staff and affiliates have recently visited a variety of projects in the country.
Here’s just a sampling of our recent efforts for families in need across Bangladesh
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Bangladesh a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.