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09 August, 2020
Our sacrifices on the Day of Sacrifice

Eid-ul-Adha is the day of sacrifices for all Muslims, and Bangladeshi Muslims are no exception to that, as they try to partake in the rituals to the best of their abilities. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the level of celebration and merriment this year is unusually less due to people’s melancholic state and weak financial situation. Many have lost their kith and kin, while others are ailing...Read more


29 July, 2020
Unlocking the Lockdown: CARE Cox Staff complete 900 CARE Academy courses in just 90 days

By Ram Das, Deputy Country Director- Humanitarian Response, CARE Bangladesh We all are living in and working through highly complex times. It is especially challenging for those who are on the frontlines providing essential and life-saving support.  The staff members from Rohingya response in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh are no exceptions. Given the day to day challenges and...Read more


01 July, 2020
SUFAL helps communities early warning information

Communities are able take early actions because they receive timely early warning information in Hatia Union under Ulipur Upazila, Kurigram. Through the SUFAL Project funded by ECHO, CARE Bangladesh supports Union Disaster Management Communities to help most vulnerable households evacuate to higher ground, taking with them their valuable assets, including small animals. SUFAL consortium is...Read more


24 June, 2020
Fact sheet (June 2020) CARE Bangladesh COVID-19 Response

The pandemic COVID – 19 has thrown an extraordinary challenge all around us and our work has never been more relevant than now. The resolve of the CARE Bangladesh team, especially those working on the front lines everyday while risking their ownlives, has truly been humbling to watch. Read more


23 June, 2020
Stories of Rohingya Refugees Momina

Momina* lives in camp 16, and is a member of the Community Outreach Adolesents Group (COG) committee. She uses the sewing machines at Women and Girls Safe Space (WGSS) to make cloth masks that is essential amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. She encourages others as well. Momina said, “Wearing masks will protect the community people from the coronavirus outbreak. I not only make masks for myself...Read more


23 June, 2020
Globally, 70% of healthcare workers are women, but they make up just 24% of national teams responding to COVID-19

Globally, 70% of healthcare workers are women, but they make up just 24% of national teams responding to COVID-19 Read more


23 June, 2020
Stories of Rohingya Refugees Khatun

In times of COVID-19, Khatun was made aware and provided with all the necessary information about the disease from Women and Girls Safe Space (WGSS). She is quite amazed to know the importance of mask, hand washing, social distance & others safety procedures, and how such basic rules can keep them safe. She and her family are trying to maintain all the preventive measures to keep themselves...Read more

23 June, 2020
Attending regular sessions at Women and Girls Safe Spaces(WGSS)

Attending regular sessions at Women and Girls Safe Spaces(WGSS), helped improve Sayeda’s mental health significantly. She also felt safe because only females are allowed to come to WGSS. She enjoyed the dialogue sessions and recreational activities also. Sayeda learnt how to sew at the WGSS. It helped that her little child was allowed to join her there, which eased her worry. Now she can...Read more


20 June, 2020
Promoting Resilience to Risks of Natural Hazards(PRERONA)

Promoting Resilience to Risks of Natural Hazards(PRERONA) COVID-19 Response Read more

18 June, 2020
Fact sheet (June 2020) CARE Bangladesh COVID-19 Response

“The pandemic COVID-19 has thrown an extraordinary challenge all around us and our work has never been more relevant than now. The resolve of the CARE Bangladesh team, especially those working on the frontlines everyday while risking their own lives, has truly been humbling to watch. However, with the number of infected cases still on the rise, its effect on the system is not just short and...Read more


20 May, 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown endangered life of street-based HIV positive people

By Md. Mamun-Ur-Rashid, TC-M&E, People who Inject Drugs (PWID) Project Md. Babu (36) , is a street-based HIV positive case under the capital’s Chankharpul Comprehensive Drop-in Center (CDIC). He lives on the pavement in front of Railway Karmachari Hospital. He identified as HIV positive in 2017 and got enrolled in ART. At present, he is also taking OST. Babu used to be a leguna...Read more

25 April, 2020
Heroes are made in times of crisis: CARE Cox’s colleagues lead the way

by Ram Das Ayesha Siddika has been working tirelessly for last three weeks, moving from one community group to another in the Rohingya camp at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh, which wears a deserted look as people are indoors and do not crowd common areas. Her family is naturally concerned but she goes on undeterred. Her focus is very clear – the Rohingya community needs to stay safe as...Read more


10 April, 2020
COVID-19 related resources

COVID-19 related resources  Read more


10 March, 2020
Stories of Transformation

A compilation of winning stories of CARE Bangladesh story writing contest 2019 Read more


06 August, 2019
Rohingya Response: Six months of hazards in Cox’s Bazar

“Here, we have six seasons,” explained the Shelter Program Manager, Shah Suja, as we raced along the road that connects Cox’s Bazar town to the south-eastern tip of Bangladesh and the border with Myanmar, in places a mere two kilometers away. With the sun rising over what is proudly proclaimed to be “the longest beach in the world”, we were passing fields covered by...Read more


17 April, 2019
Women as agents of change

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. The increasing rainfall in recent years has disrupted the daily lives of its population, particularly affecting – both men and women - farmers. In Kurigram district, Manoka and Rafika are working jointly with CARE to help local communities build resilience to climate change. Two women who have pledged to strive for...Read more


17 April, 2019
New agricultural practices to cope with increased flooding

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change. In Kurigram district, floods are destroying assets, crops and months of hardwork every year. CARE helps farmers adapt their agricultural practices to the situation so they can withstand climate shocks. Farmers are the foremost victims of climate change In Bangladesh's Kurigram district, people live to the...Read more


17 April, 2019
In the drive for gender equality

In Kurigram district (Northern Bangladesh), the gender gap is deep, especially at the household level. Women are often responsible for carrying out all domestic chores as well as  performing agricultural tasks. CARE raises awareness of gender equality among women and men to foster change, and it’s working!  Gender inequality in Bangladesh In developing countries, it is...Read more


07 February, 2019
What are the humanitarian think-tanks of Bangladesh thinking about Forecast-based Early Action?

By Apurba Swatee Mahboob Do you think you would have been better prepared for an upcoming disaster if you had the resources to cope with it prior to the event?If the answer is yes; well, so do the biggest humanitarian think-tanks of Bangladesh. Last week I had the opportunity of watching all the greatest mind coming together to discuss a different approach of emergency response, Forecast based...Read more

24 December, 2018
“Renew your life, It’s never too late”

By Evelin Jaita Karmokar He is the man with tranquil eyes and purity beaming through his white Panjabi. Although now he lives a simpler life with his wife and only son, but this was not always the case. Nowadays, he is a man who says his prayer five times a day with absolute devotion. Anisuzzaman is an old town resident, who was born and brought up in Keraniganj of Dhaka city. Now he is...Read more

24 December, 2018
Make your choice

By Evelin Jaita Karmokar Md. Kashem is a resident of Nazimuddin Road, in Old Dhaka. He lives with his family of mother, brothers, wife, and his three daughters. He used to work as a technician in a plastic industry. Now, he repairs faulty machines for cash to run the expenses of his family. He has been in this profession for the past 40 years. He did not study much, he is a primary school...Read more


11 December, 2018
Changing Life out of Salty water

By Akram Ali Like thousands of other families, Rashida begum (30) along with her family of four was struggling to meet the ends need in salinity prone areas of Southern Bangladesh. The only thing they got around is salty water which they thought it is useless to produce anything unless Shomoshti project of CARE Bangladesh started the initiative with an intension to change the lives of Bazuagar...Read more

14 October, 2018
Internship Experience in CARE Bangladesh and CARE Ethiopia

CARE Bangladesh and CARE Ethiopia have Women Internship Programs to provide professional development opportunities to female graduates who are keen to build a career in the development sector. Aligned with CARE’s commitment to gender equity and women’s empowerment, CARE’s women interns gain knowledge, skills and experiences to become trained professionals pursuing long and...Read more


09 October, 2018
Be mindful of the future. Be prepared

Think of a situation, where there is a sudden disaster in your locality. Most of your community is affected and only some of you are in a position to help them. You feel responsible, stressed & helpless at the same time. You wonder from where to start, who to reach out to, who is in dire need and who else have the capacity to lend a hand, eventually you are clueless! “Every person who...Read more


17 September, 2018
Who are ‘the people’? – Making citizen participation models work for poor and marginalised groups

by Rebecca Haines In the first blog in this series, we showed how participatory power analysis, by identifying the marginalisation of specific groups, can help ensure that participatory local governance does not simply enable those who already have privilege and access to gain greater influence. But what happens after marginalised groups and the reasons for their exclusion are identified? How do...Read more


12 September, 2018
Agriculture Extension Service Center Model

Vidhya Sriram Imagine that your job is to train 5,000 rural farmers on improved techniques across an area the size of Rhode Island. But you don’t have an office or a place to meet with farmers. You also don’t have any transportation to get to them. Oh, and you don’t have a cell phone or other way to communicate with them from afar. This sounds like an...Read more


27 August, 2018
Stories of Resilience

A majority of the Myanmar refugee population is women and children. Most of these women suffered terrible fate, losing their husband, family and children. In the face of distress, these women are learning to be strong individuals who are supporting their family and...Read more


27 August, 2018
Stories of Inspiration

Myanmar was their own country; but even in their own country they did not enjoy freedom. The limitations were even more for women and girls. Seeing the aid workers in Bangladesh, a lot of whom are women, the refugee women are starting to think differently; they are inspired and wants to work for a better...Read more

19 August, 2018
Born as a refugee, Ajida is healthy and feisty

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" Children born is Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state often had very limited access to health services. Most of the infants and children suffered from severe malnutrition on their journey from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Ajida is born into the refugee camps; but this two-month-old is healthier than most other children in the camps. It rained all morning. Anwar Begum was...Read more

19 August, 2018
Rashida is taking control of her life

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" The hustling-bustling main avenue of Camp 12, what is now popularly known as Bazar Road, houses one of CARE’s four health centers.Each center is equipped with one medical officer and twoparamedics; all female, that can cater to over 100 patients a day. Health services from SAFPAC,and GSK funded health centers began in the camps in late October. Initially, many...Read more

19 August, 2018
Sense of security starts with better WASH facilities for Fatema Bibi

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" Fatema arrived in Bangladesh with her husband, two children and her seventy-five year old mother. From day one, toilet facilities were a major problem across all camps includingin Block D4 under Camp 1W where they all live. The toilet facility they had was built by themselves with bamboo, ring-slab and tarp. It wasn’t exactly a good facility, but it was better...Read more

19 August, 2018
Green is the color of peace

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" Hot, arid, humid, muddy; the situation in the Myanmar refugee camps in Bangladesh change drastically in a day. It changes so rapidly that it is hard to tell there were pouring rains even 20 minutes ago. In the land that is marked by blue, orange and white make-shift shelters, most of the men and children are outside their houses during day because the temperature within...Read more

19 August, 2018
Noor Kajol has big dreams

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" Carefully and quite meticulously, Noor Kajol was molding a flower with play dough at one of the CARE operated Women Friendly Spaces (WFS). This is her third stop for the day. In the morning she goes to a Madrasa to study Arabic and then goes to an NGOschool in the camp. She visits the WFS almost around noon and stays here until she goes home for lunch. Visiting the WFS...Read more

19 August, 2018
Rahama finds inspiration in Bangladesh

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" Rahama is a bright 12-year old who came to Bangladesh nearly a year ago and unlike many other girls in the camp, Rahama likes to wear make-up and stay prim and proper. She enjoys playing with her friends and going to school.  A year before they escaped Myanmar, their schools were closed down and she could not go to school, meet her friends or play freely....Read more

19 August, 2018
Tea stalls breathe life into the refugee camps

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" It was very hot all day. Butthanks to the little rain, the weather became fairly pleasant around late noon. Most of the aid workers were wrapping up their work and the men were gathering around in the local tea and paan(betel leaf) stalls to spend the rest of their afternoon chatting. In the refugee camps, it is not uncommon to see a group of men gathered in a shop,...Read more

19 August, 2018
Learning to accept cultural changes

"By Nusrat Daud Pritha" It was drizzling and a group of men and a few women are cutting and adding mud to pave a walkway    from one block to another. During the monsoon rains, many of the walkways in the refugee camps in Potibunia, Camp 16 either became inundated. Omar Faruk and others are working to elevate the old walkway. He fled Myanmar along with two of his brothers and a...Read more


01 August, 2018
Beyond the tools: Participatory power analysis as the missing ingredient in local governance programming

by Rebecca Haines Last week CARE Bangladesh hosted a week-long study tour for 25 participants from 10 countries in Asia, in partnership with the Local Governance Initiative and Network (LOGIN). This blog explores some of the key things that participants learned from CARE Bangladesh’s approach, in its World Bank-funded JATRA project, to empowering the poorest and most marginalised to...Read more


03 July, 2018
CARE Bangladesh Tipping Point project colleagues Rafiqul Islam and Suraiya Sultana participates in the Girls Not Brides Global Meeting 2018

Girls Not Brides (GNB) hosted their 2nd Global Meeting from 25 - 27 June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 800 civil society organizations from over 95 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. The meeting was aimed to bring together the world’s leading advocates to end child marriage...Read more


06 June, 2018
Poly Rani Biswas, a female driver from CARE Bangladesh wins the prestigious “Joyeeta Award” from the Government of Bangladesh for 2018.

Poly Rani Biswas, a female driver from CARE Bangladesh, Khulna  has been awarded the prestigious “Joyeeta Award” in the divisional category by the Government of Bangladesh for 2018. “Joyeeta” recognizes women’s extra ordinary contribution in different areas of socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Poly is being recognized for her remarkable efforts in...Read more


03 June, 2018
The violence faced by home-based workers

“We have to not only deal with a lack of work, but when we do get it, we have to handle the contractors and the things they do because they think they hold power over us.” Did you know that an estimated 60% of garment production in Asia is done at home? Homeworkers can be at risk of violence both at home and in their dealings with contractors, but often have no protection from this...Read more


28 March, 2018
We Want a Solution

Sally Austin, Head of Emergency Operations, CARE International writes about her recent visit to the refugee camps in Bangladesh A week ago I was in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh walking up hills of exposed sandy soil covered by endless bamboo and plastic huts that over 800,000 refugees from Myanmar now call home.  This camp has been referred to as one of the densest in the...Read more


06 March, 2018
Humans of Block B

In a series of camps hosting more than 900,000 people, the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar became the site of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis since August last year. Over 680,000 refugees made the perilous journey from neighboring Rakhine State in Myanmar into Bangladesh in just six months. The concentration of refugees is now among the densest in the world. Out of those...Read more


06 March, 2018
The Things Refugee children found in the camps in Bangladesh

They had to leave everything behind, including a bit of their childhood. Some of them were dragged outside their homes as their villages started burning, other ran into the jungle to hide and many of them had to trek for days by themselves, having lost their parents. About 40 per cent of all refugees in Bangladesh’s camps are children. Most of them have three things in common: a traumatized...Read more


30 January, 2018
Story of one Senoara and a CARE Health Center

Story of one Senoara and a CARE Health Center By Hillol Sobhan, Communications and PR Coordinator, CARE Bangladesh I met one melancholic Senoara at the CARE-run health centre in Balukhali makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She’s 6-month pregnant with her first child. But her face strikingly lacked any sign of happiness. She looked quite stiff and somber. I really wanted to know...Read more


29 October, 2017
Johara – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Johara is 27-years-old. She currently lives with her husband and children in a makeshift shelter in Balukhali camp in Bangladesh. She is from the western part of Myanmar but fled violence. She has three children: Monsur who is five-years-old, Satera who is three-years-old and Sajeta who is ten-months-old. She came to the food distribution to collect cooked rice meals distributed by...Read more


29 October, 2017
Kulsoma – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Kulsoma lives in a makeshift shelter in Unchiprang refugee settlement. Kulsoma is 30-years-old, married and has five children. Her children are: Asma who is nine-years-old, Mukkar who is six-years-old, Shahita who is five-years-old, Toslima who is two-and-a-half-years-old (not present at time of interview) and Omar who is 18-months-old. Kulsoma’s story in her own words “After four...Read more


29 October, 2017
Maimuna – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Miamuna is 18-years-old. She is living in a makeshift shelter in Gumdum informal settlement with her baby daughter (not yet named) and her husband Mohammed. Her mother, Khatiza, aged 40-years-old, is living with them, as well as her siblings, Ali, aged 16-years-old, and Fatema, aged 13-years-old. Maimuna gave birth in the Gumdum informal settlement three days before the interview. It was her...Read more

29 October, 2017
Aloma – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Aloma with her baby Mufija at the OTP (Outpatient Therapeutic Program) clinic in Unchiprang refugee settlement. Aloma is 45-years-old. She brought her one-year-old daughter, Mufija, and nine-year-old daughter, Shumaya, to the health clinic to pick up some food. Aloma and her family are from the northern part of Myanmar. She has seven children, the eldest is 12-years-old. Aloma’s...Read more


29 October, 2017
Mohammed – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Mohammed is from a northern town in Myanmar. He is married to Jannat. As well as their one-year-old daughter, Umme, the couple have three sons aged three, four and five-years. The family fled violence in Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh. Today, he has brought daughter Umme to the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) clinic in Balukhali camp, where the family currently reside in a...Read more


29 October, 2017
Anowara – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Anowara is 35-years-old and is from a village in Myanmar that endured one of the most brutal attacks being reported by arriving refugees to Bangladesh. Anowara has four children: Mohammed is 10-months-old, Jenara is five-years-old, Rupsada is eight-years-old and Dilara is ten-years-old. She now lives with her sister-in-law, Dildar, and all their children, in a makeshift shelter in Balukhali...Read more


29 October, 2017
Hossein – Myanmar refugee in Bangladesh

Hossein is seven years old. He is from Myanmar. He now lives in Balukhali camp in Bangladesh with his mother and siblings. They share a shelter with another single mother family, with a small partition separating the two families. His father was arrested in January on suspicion of espionage and terrorism, but the family claim he was innocent. He collected cooked meals from a CARE distribution for...Read more


23 September, 2017
SIX MINUS ONE: THE NEVER-ENDING RUN…

Your partner is shot right in front of your eyes...he falls down...cries for help BUT you don't stop. You continue to run...run breathlessly...until you're far...far away from your bleeding partner... and you still don't know if your partner is dead or alive.. This is what happened to Ayesha (22) from Myanmar. She was sharing her tales of horror. IT WAS A REGULAR...Read more


01 September, 2017
Born out of Water

"It was water everywhere", recalls a somewhat calm Shahanaj Parvin from Sirajganj. Along with other districts, this year, the floods hit Sirajganj twice. First it was early-July and then again in mid-August. The onrush of water was so abrupt that people hardly got any time to save their belongings, explains Md. Alauddin Khan, Executive Director, National Development Programme, a CARE partner...Read more


25 May, 2017
Firoza : Balancing Family and Business

(Baimail Nadir Par) Firoza, a climate migrant has been living in the Baimail Nadirpar Area for almost 15 years. Before coming to this slum, she used to live with her husband named Sakimuddin at a village under Roumari thana in Kurigram. After her husband had lost his house due to riverbank erosion, they moved to Gazipur and started to live in this community. When she got the livelihood...Read more


25 May, 2017
Parvin : Her success inspiring others

(Poschim Baimail Pukurpar) This is Parvin. She started a different type of business in her community. She cooks food and arranges for lunch in her house. Few garments worker from nearby garments come to her house for lunch. Her customers pay on monthly basis. Each customer pay 2500 taka monthly for lunch. She has been doing this business for 6-7 years. Her husband Anwar had no earning. He...Read more


25 May, 2017
Rumana Begum : Starting new business

(Poschim Baimail Pukurpar) Rumana Begum is a widow. Her husband died 20 years ago. She lived with her daughter. She was dependent on her daughter who is a garments worker. She has been living in this slum for 7 years. When she got fund from BRUP project, she started her lunch business. She prepares lunch and feed people for lunch in her house. Few garments worker from nearby garments come to...Read more


25 May, 2017
Shonchita Khatun (Rina): Running toward Dream

(Baimail Moddho) Shonchita has been living in this slum with her husband for 25 years. She is climate migrant. The lost their home at Moajjempur village in Mymensingh due to flood and riverbank erosion. Thy have three sons. Her husband used to sale vegetables in the big market in moddho baimail. After a conflict had occurred among the sellers regarding place allocation, her husband Abdul Mannan...Read more


30 March, 2015
Sabina Fights Back Against Poverty

When I arrived at Sabina’s house early morning, she was cooking for the family and her husband was seated right beside and helping her to do the household chores and both of them were smiling. This was enough for me to understand how Sabina changed her life and improved her position in the family as this is not a generic scenario in the socio-cultural context of Bangladesh. Yes this is Sabina,...Read more


07 October, 2013
"International Day of the Girls 2013: Stories from CARE Bangladesh - The Strong Voice of Lutfa"

Lutfa, a 17 year old girl in Joykolosh village of south Sunamganj pointed out that girls are not a burden but key to prosperity if they are given the chance they deserve. Since 2010, Lutfa has been a member of the women’s empowerment group known as Empowerment Knowledge and Transformative Action (EKATA) facilitated by the Food Security for the Ultra Poor in Haor (FSUP-H) project. This European...Read more


07 October, 2013
"International Day of the Girls 2013: Stories from CARE Bangladesh - Community moved to the Govt. Primary School"

Dhalkutub Govt. Primary School is situated in a deep haor of Derai sub district. The communication of this place is disrupted from the main land of Derai. During last one year School Management Committee (SMC) and school teachers’ had taken different initiatives for performing their roles and responsibilities assigned by the Govt’ in this recourse constrain remote situation. Sohena Begum is a...Read more


07 October, 2013
"International Day of the Girls 2013: Stories from CARE Bangladesh - Sharmin Akter"

Sharmin Akter is 14 years old. Her father Mr. Abul Hossain was married twice. He has two sons and a daughter from his first wife. Sharmin is the first out of three daughters from second wife. Financial condition is not sound as they live from hand to mouth. Mr. Hossain is a day labor and his wife is a house servant. Sharmin didn’t get opportunity to go any educational institution as she was...Read more


07 October, 2013
"International Day of the Girls 2013: Stories from CARE Bangladesh - Sonali Akhter"

Sonali Akhter is 11 years old, the youngest of her four sisters. Their financial condition was sound and they were well-known as a happy family. Mr. Shaheed Miya, father of Sonali was working in a nongovernment development organization and earned money that was sufficient for them to live. Moreover, another three daughters of Shaheed also worked in garments factory. Suddenly, Mr. Shaheed died of...Read more

06 October, 2013
"International Day of the Girls 2013: Stories from CARE Bangladesh - Salma Begum in Kartikpur School"

Kartikpur is a PCTFI school placed in 15 km from Derai sub district. School had established in 1965 by the villagers. Number of students in 2012 was 341. After starting work with PCTFI, SMC of the school has taken different initiatives for the betterment of the students. SMC is working with community to motivate them about education of their children. In the past before 2011 the dropout rates...Read more

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