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Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, as well as one of the poorest. Once a seat of the Moghul Empire, and more recently known as East Pakistan, Bangladesh emerged as an independent state in 1971.

The fertile beauty of Bangladesh is underscored with tragedy. Every year cyclones and monsoon rains devastate the country - rivers swell and burst their banks and thousands of lives and homes are lost in the floods.

Most of Bangladesh's population is involved in farming, but there is not enough work for everyone. With little government funding for education, over half the population is illiterate, and their options are limited.

As the urban population rises, increasing numbers of children throng the streets. Many work in factories, and sleep in the open or in slums and squatter settlements. These children live on the forgotten margins of society, exposed to abuse and exploitation.

» Country Statistics «
Official Name: Gana Prajatantri Bangladesh
(People's Republic of Bangladesh)
Capital: Dhaka
Population: 147 million (2006)
Population Projection: 153 million (2010)
Languages: Bnagla, English
Life Expectancy: 61 years
Infant Mortality: 60.83 out of 1,000 births
Literacy Rate: Male - 43.1% | Female - 31.8%
Gross National Product: US$ 31.2 billion (1996)
(US$ 260 per capita)

Islamic Relief in Bangladesh

Islamic Relief began work in Bangladesh in 1991, helping the victims of a tropical cyclone. IR has continued its efforts in relief and development. Bangladesh is still one of the poorest countries in the world.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Programme operates in six districts, Cox's Bazaar, Sunamganj, Rajbari, Rangpur, Thakurgoan and Khulna. In addition to regular orphan activities, many of the sponsored orphans also benefit from two projects funded by the Orphans General Fund:

Community Based Orphan Redevelopment: This project aims to help orphans and widows develop livelihoods that are sustainable. It also includes health and nutritional programmes, water and sanitation projects and awareness raising, home improvement and educational support.

Community Based Integrated Orphan and Widow Livelihood Project: The aim of this project is to establish a support mechanism for destitute orphans and widows. Opportunities are provided to develop skills and training, and loans are given out to help establish small businesses.

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