Last Updated Date: 19/11/21

Average COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh have been climbing since late June. As of July 17, over 11,000 cases are being recorded per day, and the number is still rising. At this time, Bangladesh has fully vaccinated just over 3% of its population of 162.7 million people. The lockdown in Bangladesh remains in effect, though it was recently lifted July 15-23 for the popular holiday of Eid al-Adha­. This means that schools will remain closed as well as churches and other community centers. Restaurants, malls, shops and public transportation can only operate at half capacity and with strict masking rules.
The majority of partner centers have resumed activities for children and youths in small groups in outdoor courtyards. In areas where restrictions prohibit group meetings, staff members maintain regular contact with children and caregivers through home visits and phone calls. Compassion Bangladesh staff and local partners have been able to send over 491,280 food packs and 523,273 hygiene kits to beneficiary families. Additionally, they have provided medical support to over 21,021 people. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials.

How is Compassion Currently Operating in Bangladesh?

Below, you will find the latest information on how Compassion is currently operating in Bangladesh, including status updates on center openings, letter delivery and gift delivery. This is the most current information we have, though it can change quickly. Please know that all children and their families are being checked in on regularly by staff, either in person or by phone, even if the Compassion center is not open for programming.

Are Compassion Centers Open?

At most partner locations, activities have resumed and small group meetings are held outdoors. Elsewhere, staff members are creating virtual program activities and distributing at-home curricula. They continue to call and check on families and make home visits when possible. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute over 491,280 food packs and over 21,021 hygiene kits to children and their families!


Are Children Receiving Letters?

Letters are currently being delivered in Bangladesh, although delivery to and from your child may take a bit longer than normal. We encourage you to continue writing your child, as all children need words of hope and encouragement now more than ever before. Thank you for your ministry! 

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Bangladesh. Staff members have been given the option to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver, if necessary. This applies to family gifts and child gifts (including birthday and final gifts). Families may spend the gift on whatever they consider most important to meet family needs. The caregiver will be notified whether a gift has been designated as a child gift or family gift. The caregiver will decide the best use of the money, recognising that sometimes purchasing food or paying rent is in the best interest of a child. 


Story From the Field

Jenin says she will never forget the day she adopted her daughter Daina. How she held that helpless, precious child and whispered to her, “I will always take care of you.”

Fast forward 12 years, and Jenin’s commitment hasn’t wavered. This single, widowed mother works hard to provide for Daina, including enrolling her at the development center in their community. But Jenin’s health struggles had always made finding work hard, and when the pandemic struck, she found herself unable to provide.

With no relatives nearby, Jenin approached Subhas, the development center director. “I told him, as a mother I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m unable to provide enough food for my little girl,” says Jenin.

Subhas reassured her that she should feel no shame. He connected the family with Hanna, a partner social worker, who arranged for groceries to be delivered. Hanna also checks in on Jenin and Daina every other day, reassuring them that they were not alone.

"When I was physically powerless and mentally weak, the staff came to ensure that my Daina was taken care of,” says Janin. “My daughter’s well-being is dependent on them.”

How can I pray for Bangladesh?

Praise God for giving success to the child development partners, as they were able to deliver additional food relief to communities where malnutrition is on the rise

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