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Blessings from Bangladesh! My name is Reverend Asa Kain, and I am honored to serve with OneChild as the new Field Ministry Partner Leader here. Although I have been in this role for only a few months, I have seen how incredibly important it is for our kids to have you in their lives. Thank you for making such a powerful impact on our community!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some of our Hope Centers remain closed due to government mandates – but our programs are not. Child Champions have been keeping in regular contact with our children and their families via phone calls and safe home visits. They encourage the students and their households during this difficult time, raise awareness about hygiene and safety practices, deliver food, and pray with them. We even started special one-on-one classes where students take turns coming to the Hope Centers to receive private tutoring and collect lesson plans and assignments to take home with them. These adjustments have been very successful, and we are proud of our children for passing all of their exams!

We are doing everything we can to help our kids thrive in these circumstances, but it is clear that they miss being able to attend regular classes and in-person activities. It is becoming harder for them to concentrate on their studies when so much around them is unstable. They pray for the pandemic to end so that they can get back to their normal lives and see all of their friends and Child Champions in person and on a regular basis.

Our Hope Centers serve many functions. They are sources of provision as they supply food and necessities to families who struggle to get by on daily wages. They are gateways to a good education where students are challenged academically. They are havens that support emotional growth and well-being so that our kids can develop their inner qualities, know their rights, express their opinions, and learn how to become good citizens and leaders. They are safe places where children spend time in prayer and study and can look forward to God’s plan for their lives. Child Champions nurture our children in all these areas and acknowledge their successes along the way. They even hold community-wide celebrations to honor their achievements!

Our children develop the confidence to think of a reality past their difficult situations. Activities like singing, dancing, speaking English, learning about computers, and – above all – developing strong moral and spiritual senses give them a different worldview and help them see what is possible. Many of our students go on to higher education and are successfully completing degrees while working to support their families.

None of this could happen without your support and generosity. Your letters, your prayers, your interest in their lives give them a glimpse of light and allow them to dream big – to HOPE.

Children in Bangladesh are ready to reach their full potential. If someone you know would like to bring hope to these kids, please encourage them to sponsor a child from Bangladesh today!

In His name,

Rev. Asa Kain

Field Ministry Partner, Bangladesh

About Bangladesh

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)