Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Bangladesh
An image of Bangladesh Where Bangladesh is in the world.

You'll find lush green landscapes with rivers crisscrossing throughout Bangladesh. In fact more than 700 rivers flow throughout the country.

Travelling by boat is an everyday experience for many Bangladeshi people as it's the easiest way to get most places.

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Dhaka

The first Compassion projects opened in Bangladesh in 2004.

Bengali and English

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Hello or Salaam
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Dhon-no-baad
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Khudaa hafiz

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Bengal Tiger

Tigers are the largest member of the cat family.

Houses in Bangladesh are often made out of mud and straw. If they're built near water which many are, they're built out of bamboo on stilts to prevent flooding.

Living conditions

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163 million

There are 35,419 children supported in Bangladesh, through 153 projects.

Bangladesh has a huge population and is very poor. Almost half of the population live on less than one dollar a day (about the cost of a Mars bar).

Most people work as farmers but there are not enough jobs for everyone. The country is trying to find new ways to make jobs and many clothing shops in the UK get their clothes made in Bangladesh as they can pay workers far less than they would have to here. Unfortunately this often means that people have to work in bad conditions. The collapse of a Bangladeshi clothing factory in 2013 that killed more than 1,000 people because it was unsafe has caused many people to question where they buy their clothes and the conditions that factory workers in poor countries are forced to work in.

Bangladesh is a low-lying country so often gets flooded. As people are so poor, their houses and the few possessions they own are often washed away in floods and cylcones. Bangladesh is likely to suffer badly from the predicted rises in sea levels from climate change.

Some of the children from Compassion projects in Bangladesh want to show you their favourite toys.

Jhorna, her camel and bear

Jhorna hadn’t ever owned a toy before until her sponsor sent her a birthday gift and she chose the teddy bear. Her sponsor then visited her and gave her the toy camel.

Somuel and his elephant

“My sister’s sponsor sent her money and she bought this soft elephant toy for me. It is so soft and good to look at.” The elephant is the first toy Somuel has ever owned.

Martha, her monkey and plane.

“I always carry this monkey doll with me. Sometime I put her on my shoulder. I love the airplane because I see airplanes fly in the sky.”

Sourav and his toy tank

“My sponsor sent me a gift. I went to the market with my teacher and bought this tank). This tank is the only toy that Sourav has.

Sneha and her red teddy bear.

“My aunt gave me this red teddy bear on my birthday. I love to play with dolls but this big red teddy bear is my favourite.”

Please pray for the sponsored children in Bangladesh. That they will know how much God loves them.

Pray for the people who work in factories and their families. Pray for the factory owners - that they would treat the people who work there well.

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Taka

The most commonly used symbol for the Taka is Tk and ৳

In 2007, 26 rivers overflowed and nearly 5 million people were forced to leave their homes. Compassion helped more than 1,200 registered children and their families.

How can you make sure that the people who make your clothes are treated well?

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Look at the labels in your clothes to find out where they were made.

Ask the managers of the shops you buy clothes from how the factory workers are treated.

Buy a copy of The Good Shopping Guide to help you know which companies treat their workers well.

Bangladeshis eat spicy food, mainly mutton, beef, chicken, fish or egg, with vegetables and lentils or plain rice. Here's a traditional recipe to try:

Recipe: Reshmi Kabab

Reshmi Kabab Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken
  • 4 medium sized onions
  • 2 inches of ginger root
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch of coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • Onions and lemon for garnish

Mince the chicken. Gring all the ingredients together, except the eggs and salt. Mix in the eggs and salt. Shape into sausages, put on skewers and cook over a barbeque until tender. Garnish with onions and lemon.

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Bangladesh is home to the word's longest beach - Cox's Bazar

What's striped and bouncy?

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A tiger on a pogo stick!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia