Bangladesh, east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is a South Asian country of lush greenery and many waterways. Three of Asia’s largest rivers, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna, flow through Bangladesh and form the fertile Bengal delta – the largest delta in the world.  With rich biodiversity, Bangladesh is home to 700 rivers, most of the world’s largest mangrove forests and a 370-mile coastline with one of the world’s longest beaches. Bangladesh is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world, ranking alongside South Korea and Monaco.

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Population: 167 million
  • Language: Bengali
  • Exports: Jute, woven garments, knitwear, seafood and leather.

Our History in Bangladesh

In 1972, Food for the Hungry (FH) began working in Bangladesh by distributing rice to the poor. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development including livelihoods, micro-lending, health, education and disaster response resilience. Over the last 40 years, FH has partnered with Bangladeshi leaders and impoverished communities to create better living conditions.

Current Work

     Current communities: 20   |   Children sponsored: 8,624   


Bangladeshi Grandmother Gets Second Chance At Literacy

Photo Essay: Capturing Sacred Moments in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Community Thrives After Graduation

Key Challenges

24.3% of Bangladeshis live in poverty, and 12.9% live in extreme poverty | 41% of children under the age of five are underweight | Bangladesh’s adult literacy rate has reached an all-time high in 2018 of 72.78%”
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