Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Not many places on earth are as susceptible to the effects of climate change as Bangladesh. The country is situated on a low lying delta and most of it is less than 12 metres above sea level. The slightest change in water levels have devastating results. If sea levels rise by just three feet, 50% of the country would be under water. Ironically, this low lying geography, together with the rivers that flow from the Himalayas across the country and into the Bay of Bengal, make the soil here the most fertile in the world, which is one reason why it is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Constantly battered by famines and natural disasters, it has also been affected by widespread poverty and political turmoil, disease and malnutrition. Many families are unable to afford the fees needed to send their children to school.

World In Need works in Bangladesh in partnership with Smyrna Youth Fellowship, a network of Bangladeshi student groups who want to help their people and serve their nation. The SYF have opened an orphanage, and they aim to set up local enterprises to finance this. Ideas include exporting items like lace work, pearls and handicrafts. As well as supporting the orphanage, WIN sponsors children in the country, enabling them to go to school.

Children deserve the best possible start in life. Together, we can make sure they get that.

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