Last Updated: 24/09/2020

A second wave of COVID-19 has hit Bangladesh, the country’s health minister said on Sept. 23. The country is also dealing with its worst flood in a decade, which left half a million people homeless. It is believed that 72% of the population is unemployed due to movement restrictions and workplace closures. Half of the population is now food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to enough safe and nutritious food to live a healthy life.

All Compassion group activities remain on hold. Compassion Bangladesh staff and local partners have been able to send 157,330 food packs and 158,888 hygiene kits to beneficiary families. Additionally, they have provided medical support to 2,242 people. They report that many families have no source of income, so they are providing necessary funds to buy daily essentials. They also maintain regular contact with children and caregivers through phone calls.

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 even if centers are closed and letters and gifts are not being delivered, your child and his or her family are being checked in on regularly by staff. We all look forward to the day we will all be able to gather together again!

Are Compassion Centers Open?

Currently, all centers in Bangladesh are closed in order to abide by local guidelines. Staff members are working to create virtual programming activity, including videos and livestreams. They continue to call and check in on families, and in some communities they are able to visit children while obeying social distancing guidelines. Because of the generous support of sponsors and donors, they have been able to distribute 157,330 food packs and 158,888 hygiene kits to children and their families!

Are Children Receiving Letters?

At this point, we are not able to safely deliver letters to children registered at Compassion centers in Bangladesh. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write! We encourage you to continue sending your sponsored child letters of encouragement and hope. What a joyful day it will be when those letters are delivered!

Are Gifts Being Delivered?

Gifts continue to be distributed in Bangladesh, although they are currently delayed. In some communities, staff members have needed to disburse monetary gifts to an appropriate, verified caregiver. 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, recognizing 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?

Join us in praying for the millions of daily laborers and small-business owners who have lost their income for several months. Pray for wisdom and health as they work to provide food and basic necessities for their families.

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