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CRS in Bangladesh

Located on the Bay of Bengal and crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers, Bangladesh bears the brunt of severe weather during its rainy season. When cyclones hit, villagers in coastal areas must struggle against powerful winds and neck-high, surging water to reach safety.

Through its local partner, Caritas Bangladesh, CRS responds to these emergencies with lifesaving aid. CRS helps survivors start over after storms, rebuild homes and replace lost assets such as rickshaws or cows so that people can earn a living. CRS-supported Disaster Risk Reduction programs prepare villagers to save their families and assets during future storms.

CRS also funds educational and food security programs for disadvantaged Bangladeshi children, including those from tribal communities.


People served: 19,912

Population: 168,957,745 (July 2015 est.)

Size: 55,813 sq mi; about the size of Wisconsin

CRS' History in Bangladesh

CRS has been providing humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh since its independence in 1971. We began by assisting refugees and then gradually moved to education, then emergency response activities, and now focuses on helping communities prepare for disasters. CRS reaches out to Bangladesh's most vulnerable people, especially in isolated areas.