The hyper-salinity of its soils caused by repeated flooding makes farming particularly difficult and threatens the livelihoods of those who live there. Both food insecurity and malnutrition are on the increase. These nutritional problems are worsened by the poor bacteriological quality of the water, as well as the presence of arsenic in the country’s main water sources. As a consequence, the country is thus experiencing a galloping urbanization, with the rural population leaving the fields to escape poverty and natural disasters. Between 300 000 and 400 000 individuals arrive in Dacca each year, and 30% of them stays in one of the 5 000 slums of the capital where the lack of access to drinkable water and electricity as well as insalubrity and pollution are striking. These invisible and marginalized populations alone are unable to raise their voice and claim their rights on their own.
In the Cox’s Bazar region, the country is also facing the influx of more than 900 000 Rohingyas coming from the neighbouring Myanmar, majorly since the 25th of August 2017 after the surge of violence in the North of the Rakhine State of Myanmar (official name of Burma). These individuals, notably coming from a Muslim minority, are facing an inextricable humanitarian situation and alarming needs in protection, food security, health and nutrition and access to basic services like water and sanitation infrastructures. This influx of refugees resulted into a critical pressure on the access to land and on water, food and shelter resources, leading to an increase of the tension with the host communities of an already vulnerable area.
- 173,5 million inhabitants
- 21.8% poverty rate
- 135th out of 189 on the Human Development Index
opened in 2007
- Team 18 international staff
264 national staff
- Budget €6.44 M
From 2010 till 2017 SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL was majorly intervening in Bangladesh to tackle the problems related to the insalubrity of water, contaminated by bacteria, arsenic or sea water in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Satkhira. Our team’s mission is the enhance the health of indigenous populations or Rohingya refugees, through a better access to drinking water, through infrastructures construction or purifying technics at household level, but also thanks to the construction of latrines, the distribution of hygiene kits and the organisation of hygiene awareness campaigns.
Natural disasters impacting the quality of water as well as the food security, the disaster risk reduction represents still an important part of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL activities. In order to fight against the loss of income of the population (majorly rural) as well as against malnutrition in Satkhira, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is offering training and distributing tools and resilient seeds to farmers. In Teknaf, and since 2020 in Banderban, disaster risks management committees have been created to prepare and sensitize the populations to natural disaster, and to enhance their adaptation and mitigation’s capacities.
In Dacca, slum’s inhabitants constituted into Civil Society Organisations (CSO) are accompanied to claim and exercise their rights to access drinkable water and sanitation. SI also support the CSOs in participating in the local governance in collaboration with the local authorities, through technical knowledge and capacity building.
After the August 2017 crisis, a new massive influx of Rohingya coming from the Rakhine State of Myanmar arrived in the south west of Bangladesh, more precisely in Teknaf district where SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL intervene since 2010. Front liner of the following emergency response, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL continues to respond to the basic need of the refugees and the vulnerable host communities in Teknaf, Ukhia Upazilas. These actions are focused in the water, hygiene and sanitation, the food security and disaster risk reduction sectors. Moreover, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is developing an expertise in protection and coordination of WASH partners in refugee camps.
Disaster risk reduction and food security
1,091 people helped
– Cash-for-work programs, to implement protection and mitigation schemes
– Community trainings
– Risk management committee capacity building
– Mass awareness on DRR
– Mock drills
Water, sanitation and hygiene
163,214 people helped
– Hygiene awareness
– Water supply and water storage infrastructure construction
– Creation and reactivation of water management committees
– Construction of latrines and hygiene infrastructure
– Distribution purifying products and hygiene kits
– Prevention and response to disease outbreaks
Food security and livelihood
9,999 people helped
– Seeds and tools distribution
– Bagriculture (agriculture in bags)
– Unconditional cash grants
– Technical and financial support to agricultural and gardening projects (host communities)
– Agricultural training
– Fishing and livestock activities
– Income generating activities
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