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Bangladesh: Building resilience

Anjali, 23, member of the Magurakuni crab producer group supported by Oxfam in 2012 to help provide families with climate-resilient livelihoods, Atulia village, Satkhira district.

Funding target: £180,000

Year 2 of a 2 year project
Bangladesh has always been prone to floods, cyclones and droughts but the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable - destroying crops, homes and water supplies. Your support can help vulnerable communities build a safer future.

About the project

Investing in a safer future for disaster prone-communities in Bangladesh

Building on 14 years of experience working in Bangladesh's river basin areas, Oxfam will work with vulnerable communities in the southern coastal belt and the 'chars' (river islands) and the 'haors' (marshland) in the north of the country.

With your support we aim to:

  • Improve communities' resilience to natural disasters by helping them to protect homes and assets against flooding, and by providing safe water supplies and sanitation;
  • Reduce vulnerability of the poorest people, particularly women, by developing more climate-resilient livelihoods;
  • Empower women through leadership training, income-generation and community awareness-raising;
  • Enable communities to better understand their rights and demand government support and services.

Who will benefit

Approximately 11,000 people, over 80 per cent of them women, will directly benefit from project activities. Indirectly, a further 33,000 people will benefit from disaster preparedness awareness-raising activities, raised public land, food banks, and the availability of life-saving equipment.

How we are helping

Ajida's story

Ajida Begum weaving mats in Uttar Kaligonj village, Dimla, Nilphamari district. Credit: Shofiul Islam/Pollisree

 When Pollisree started working in this area, I became one of the members of the local community organisation. They supported me with training on how to run a handicrafts business. After I completed the training, Pollisree provided me with 11,000 Taka (£100) to help me start my business. Now I can earn around 175 Taka (£1.50) myself every day and help support my family.

In 2011, Oxfam's partner Pollisree, in Nilphamari district, trained Ajida on how to make and sell handicrafts, and provided her with capital to help her start her business. Ajida was one of 11,000 people who received direct support or training to improve their incomes.

Photo: Shofiul Islam/Pollisree.

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.25MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping communities in Bangladesh to cope with natural disasters. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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