Child Champions in Bangladesh tell us about their country.
The South Asian country of Bangladesh has lush green hills that are home to an array of wildlife, such as monkeys, crocodiles, wild boar, deer, and the Royal Bengal tiger. Citizens have a rich and diverse culture that manifests itself in their music, dance, drama, art, folklore, literature, and distinct culinary traditions. But a large percentage of the over 161 million people face the daily challenge of living below the poverty line.
The diverse landscape and cultural makeup of Bangladesh makes bringing hope to the hard places a challenge. Many communities are isolated and have poor roads and transportation facilities, which makes it difficult to provide children with the educational opportunities they so desperately need. Children contend with malnutrition from birth, and waterborne diseases put them at risk because of a lack of sanitation and clean drinking water.
Most livelihoods are either directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, and with 80% of the landscape being flood plains, multiple yearly typhoons significantly impact families’ ability to support themselves. High dropout rates in schools, low incomes, a lack of child-protection measures, and the prevalence of drug addiction are common social issues in Bangladesh. Many communities are populated by parents who are uneducated and too poor to make learning a priority for their children, so the cycle of intergenerational poverty continues. But there is HOPE.
Bangladesh is a densely populated country, with children and youths making up a high percentage of the population. By seeing children as an asset and giving them an opportunity to partake in academic studies, vocational and skills-based training, and income-generating programs, the unemployment problem in Bangladesh can be reduced.
Bangladesh Hope Centers
OneChild seeks out the most vulnerable children and offers holistic services that make a sustainable impact on the entire family. The communities OneChild works with are located in both rural and urban areas, so the program is designed to meet specific needs. OneChild offers quality education, nutritious food, and medical checkups, ensuring the socio-emotional and spiritual growth of children. This gives the next generation hope that their gifts and talents will have the opportunity to be revealed and used to find solutions.
OneChild and their partners want to see children’s rights upheld and parents taking part in making that happen. They want to help Bangladeshi children learn skills that will lead them into an adulthood where they can support themselves. Most importantly, Child Champions in OneChild’s Hope Centers want to see the commandment of God fulfilled in all its glory and splendor in Bangladesh. And with the help of loving sponsors and donors, this dream can become a reality!
We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.
Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)