Bangladesh

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CARE started its operations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1949. Today, CARE Bangladesh amplifies the voices of the poor and the marginalized in ways that influence public opinion, development practices, and policy at all levels by drawing on grassroots experience and relationships with civil society, government, and the private sector.

We have made a long-term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve a lasting impact on the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.

Our Work in Bangladesh

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Bangladesh

Dressing for Success in Bangladesh

FFBS Nutrition Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. This set of tools helps guide discussions about increasing the health and nutrition of families by focusing on the nutritional value of crop choices and cooking nutritious and balanced meals.

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FFBS Gender Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. This set of tools focuses on working with groups on women's empowerment and gender equality.

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CARE FFBS Marketing Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. These tools focus on building farmers' marketing skills so they can increase the profitability of their crops.

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CARE FFBS Agricultural Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. This set of tools focuses on agricultural techniques that increase yields and minimize post harvest losses.

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FFBS Facilitation Tools

The Farmers' Field and Business Schools are a product of the CARE Pathways program, and focus on a learning by doing approach, putting farmers at the heart of learning and decision-making around new agricultural techniques. This set of tools gives community members the skills they need to facilitate activities.

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Women and Girls Lead Global: Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Combining world-class documentary films and local engagement campaigns, Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) advances gender equality and women’s empowerment by engaging with communities through media.

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WASHplus: Supportive Environments for Healthy Households and Communities

WASHplus is USAID’s flagship global Environmental Health project. Led by FHI 360 in partnership with CARE, WASHplus promotes healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and Household Air Pollution (HAP).

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Overcoming social barriers, she now helps to support herself & her family

In just six months, twenty-year-old Selina was able to change her life, showing that dedication can lead to dream fulfillment, despite mounting obstacles.

Selina is one of four children of a poor family from the village of Buruj, in the Bogra district of Northern Bangladesh. Although Selina was a very bright and successful student, her parents were forced to consider discontinuing her education in order to have money for all the other household expenses. Desperate for more education, Selina begged her parents to allow her to study until at least high school, or, grade 10. Sensing...

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CARE for Moms: SHOUHARDO Program

In many parts of the world, mothers struggle to provide their children with nutritious food. In 2004, CARE, USAID and the government of Bangladesh created SHOUHARDO, a program with a goal of alleviating childhood stunting due to chronic malnutrition. The program’s success stunned researchers. In less than four years, child stunting within the program's target population dropped 28 percent. It was twice the success of a typical USAID-funded program. Research further showed that it wasn’t food aid that caused such a dramatic change. It was women’s empowerment. Women who participated in...

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Rehena Prevails

As a young girl, Rehena Begum was the brightest among her peers in school. Her parents had always encouraged and supported her dreams for an education, until they succumbed to traditional rural customs in Bangladesh and arranged for Rehena, at the age of 14, to marry a school teacher named Abdus Salam. Fortunately for Rehena, her new husband also encouraged her to pursue her studies. Despite this encouragement, Rehena dropped out of school. Within three years, she was mother to two children, a girl and a boy. When their older child was five years old, Salam set off for an overseas job in...

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