Compassion partners with churches and denominations to help them provide Bangladeshi children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in Bangladesh began in 2003. Registered children are ready for sponsorship; more than 35,200 children are registered in more than 150 child development centers.
Population: 144 millions
Life expectancy: Male 61 years, Female 62 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 6,2%
People with HIV/AIDS: 13.000
Drinking water sources: 97%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 48%
Literacy rate: Male 84%, Female 32%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 45%
Compassion began its ministry in Bangladesh in June 2004, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.
There are various extracurricular activities available to the children, such as adolescent camps, Cluster Camp (this is a camp that holds spiritual and cultural activities with groups of development cetners), inter-center sports competitions, singing/dancing classes and competitions, drama classes, drawing classes and competitions and Scripture Quizzes. The children also participate in outdoor games like football, cricket and volleyball.
Each child development center has a Parents Meeting once a month. In these meetings, the center staff tries to build awareness among the parents about cleanliness, hygiene and the importance of education for both male and female children. During the home visits, the social worker and tutors further educate the parents about the importance of education as well as suitable environments for children.