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Why donate to Bangladesh?

Data from the Office for National Statistics in the UK tells us that there are roughly 4.7million unpaid carers in England. This equates to an incredible 8.9% of the population (figures taken from 2021). There is no comparable information for Bangladesh, but if we use this UK figure as an estimation, we’re looking at there being roughly 15.5 million people in Bangladesh who are caring for others.

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From our research across the region, we know that 48% of family carers worry about their own health and specifically, 95% of family carers in Savar, Bangladesh have a health issue or disability.

We also know that unpaid carers in Bangladesh are often excluded from mainstream poverty alleviation programmes due to caring responsibilities and stigma, which means there is a critical need for support for unpaid carers such as we offer through our Carers Worldwide Model.

Our Carers Worldwide Model transforms the holistic well-being of carers in Bangladesh, ensuring their physical, mental, financial and social well-being.

“Shifa and I were completely excluded before. We were ignored and never invited anywhere. I have a lot of hope for her future now, and I want to use what I have learned and help other carers. The Community Caring Centre has been a miracle for us.”

Belly who cares for her daughter Shifa

Your donation will help fund our work and ensure that all unpaid family carers are provided with the basic emotional and financial support they deserve.

Our impact in Bangladesh

1,008
Carers
1,009
Persons being cared for
4,032
Other family members supported

How Your Donations Could Help Carers in Bangladesh

Single Donations

livelihood

£50

Could help one carer initiate a livelihood activity, lifting their family out of poverty
counsellor to spend a day with a group of carers

£25

Could pay for a counsellor to spend a day with a group of carers

Photo credit: © Iqbal Hossain

group of carers

£10

Could set up a self-help group for carers for mutual support

Monthly Donations

child with food

£25

Could provide nutritious food to 12 disabled children at one of our community caring centres
health check

£10

Could support the health needs of 10 carers by providing access to high quality treatment
child carer school

£5

Could send a child carer to school for a month

Our Work in Bangladesh

Carers Worldwide started working in Bangladesh in 2018, partnering with local charity, Centre for Disability in Development (CDD). Since we began our partnership with CDD, we have worked together to implement all five elements of our Carers Worldwide Model.

One of our current projects that started in August 2021, is supporting 1,008 unpaid carers and their families by ensuring that they have access to medical advice and counselling; providing training in livelihood activities; emotional support through the formation of carers groups; and advocacy support through the creation of cluster groups, a Carers Association and the Bangladesh National Alliance of Carers.

We have also established, and are running, seven Community Caring Centres. Each centre supports approximately 12 children with complex disabilities providing educational, therapeutic and social opportunities. Their carers (mostly mothers) also receive benefit through the respite provided and the opportunity to meet other carers and engage in income generating activities.

Additionally, since 2022 we have provided nutritious food and vital emergency medical and therapeutic support to children with disabilities and their carers during the holy month of Ramadan. This has also included the provision of Iftar parties for the carers and those they care for – something that many of them, due to their social isolation, have not experienced before.

Real carers with real stories

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    Popy

    “The carers’ project has advanced my respect, health, financial situation, and social situation in all aspects. I would not have understood if I had not been included in the carers project, that I am also a human being and I have the right to live a normal life.”

    When Popy’s daughter was born and Popy’s friends and family realised that she had Cerebral Palsy, they could not accept her as part of the family and they turned their backs on her and Popy. As a result of this isolation from her family, Popy’s mental health deteriorated. She also struggled financially and could not arrange any treatment for her daughter or afford good, nutritious food for them both.

    After hearing about our work and learning that there were other people out there in the same situation as her, Popy joined her local Carers Group and she is now an active member, encouraging others to attend and playing a part in arranging the meetings for the group.

    She also took advantage of our livelihood training, receiving training on how to set up and run a small clothing business, and taking out a small loan from the Carers Group to make it a reality. She was able to return the loan to the group for them to pass onto the next carer and made a success of the business. She now dreams of one day owning her own shop.

    Read more about Popy’s story.

  • Vijay

    Ayna

    “Now I see that the two of us are not a burden on society. We can also give back to society, and society is starting to realise that. The carers project has given me courage and that courage means I can support Shuvo for his future. Everything I do now will help him. If I can run with my grandson, my grandson will be able to walk.”

    Ayna cares for her teenage grandson who has cerebral palsy. She was left in sole charge of her grandson when his father’s family could not accept his disability and his mother was unable to look after him. Ayna has had to face stigma and isolation from her family and the community because of her dedication to her grandson.

    Ayna became involved in our carers’ project with our local charity partner Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) when it began and quickly became an active member of her local carers group. She describes the other group members as her friends and they in turn look out for her and her grandson. A network of peers like this is vital when a carer does not have the support of other family members.

    Caring has taken its toll on Ayna’s physical health and she has been living with constant knee and back pain. She has received medical treatment for her joint problems via the project’s health camps.

    Ayna has not been able to earn an income while caring for her grandson and as she gets older, her options become even more limited. CDD staff recognised that Ayna was more than capable and very motivated to be involved in the project’s livelihoods project, so she attended training on poultry rearing and was given five hens. After three months, she had earned enough through selling eggs to buy fifteen more hens, and now she has added goats to her smallholding.

    Read more about Ayna’s story.

Donate to help carers in Bangladesh today

Your donation will help fund our work in Bangladesh, to ensure that all unpaid family carers are provided with the basic emotional and financial support they deserve. Thank you.