The heavy toll of recurring natural disasters
70% of the population has no access to drinking water
40% of the population is experiencing food insecurity
650.000 Rohingya Muslims are refugees in Bangladesh
491,818 people helped


Bangladesh is not only one of the world's poorest and most densely populated countries, it's also one of the most vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change.

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. The consequences of this poison on the health of Bangladeshis have become one of the country’s major public health issues.

Another humanitarian issue is the 650,000 Rohingyas who have fled from neighbouring Myanmar since August 2017 and who are also living in extremely poor, inadequate conditions.

Moreover, since 25 August 2017, renewed violence in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar (also known as Burma), has caused a massive influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees, notably from Muslim minorities.

  • 156.6 million inhabitants
  • 31,5% poverty rate
  • 142nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2007
  • Team 4 international staff
    96 national staff
  • Budget €1.36 M

The focus of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s work in the Cox’s Bazar and Satkhira districts is on combatting problems caused by unsanitary water, contaminated by bacteria, arsenic or seawater. Our teams aim to improve the health of indigenous populations or Rohingyas refugees by providing better access to drinking water. This will be achieved by providing domestic purification techniques and infrastructures, as well as building latrines, distributing hygiene kits and running awareness-raising campaigns. A rainwater harvesting pilot project has also been launched in a school in Satkhira.

As natural disasters affect both water quality and food security, minimizing risks also forms an important part of the work done by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL. To combat income losses for these mainly rural communities, and to fight malnutrition, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides farmers with training and gives them tools and highly resistant seeds. Risk management committees are created to inform and prepare people for disasters, thereby improving their ability and capacity to adapt.

Our impact

Disaster risk reduction and food security

264,489 people helped

– Provided community training sessions
– Implemented cash-for-work programs
– Provided capacity building for disaster management committee
– Conducted mass awareness-raising campaigns
– Made conditional cash transfers
– Provided technical and financial support for aquaculture and horticulture projects
– Provided training in farming methods

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

227,429 people helped

– Raised awareness of good hygiene practices
– Supplied water and promoted hygiene awareness in villages
– Created and reactivated water management committees
– Constructed latrines
– Constructed water storage infrastructures
– Distributed purifying products

Should you have any questions, please contact Raphaëlle Goepfert.

Raphaëlle Goepfert


At head office