Our work in Bangladesh

Empowering Char communities

The Char areas are regions of Bangladesh with highly unstable land formed by river deposits. They can easily wash away in floods, and are particularly exposed to erosion and climactic shocks. The communities in these areas remain some of the most isolated and deprived in the country. The Chars remain a priority area for Concern Bangladesh as the region is marked by high proportions of people living below the lower poverty line. Our work is aimed at empowering communities to withstand their exposure to recurrent shocks and build adaptive livelihoods. 

Our work in the Haors

Situated in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh, the Haor region is a unique hydro-ecological zone composed of a patchwork of wetland habitats including rivers, streams, irrigation canals and saucer shaped shallow depressions. This fertile region, much of which is below sea level, is flooded for up to six months in a year.  As extreme weather events become more frequent and severe, Haor-dwellers, especially the extreme poor, grow ever more vulnerable to losing crops, livestock and other resources.

Concern has been working with Haor communities since 1988, aiming to improve the lives and livelihoods of households living in extreme poverty. Our focus is on enabling extreme poor household move out of extreme poverty through increased work opportunities, food security, , water, sanitation and hygiene services. We also support communities to address disaster risk reduction and inequality, and access their rights and entitlements.

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