Bangladesh continues to experience high levels of poverty with two in every five people living on less than US$1.25 a day.

For those in work, the situation is little better. More than three quarters of Bangladesh’s workforce earns less than US$2 a day and workers face job insecurity making it hard for people to save or plan for the future.

This is compounded by Bangladesh being one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Extreme weather including cyclone, floods and droughts regularly damage and destroy homes and belongings, further increasing levels of poverty.

Young people in Bangladesh
Unemployment and underemployment are particularly high among young people and many young  women face barriers to gaining work at all; women make up half of the population, but only about a third of them are in the labour market.

Young men and women have little say in decisions affecting their communities which makes improving their situation more challenging still.

Our work in Bangladesh
Recognising that young women are amongst the most vulnerable members of Bangladeshi society, we work with the YWCA to improve maternal health and create opportunities for decent work through vocational training.

They are also helping women take the lead in reducing the impact of disasters in their communities by making sure people are better prepared.

Explore what we do in Bangladesh

YMCAs prepare response to monsoon floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Y-Bangladesh plans to bring much-needed food support to affected households across three flood-affected districts of Birisiri, Bogra and Dinajpur.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA networks in action during crisis

Bangladesh, Liberia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone

Monsoon rains in July 2015 caused widespread flooding across Myanmar. More than 1.6 million people were temporarily displaced. Y Care International and Myanmar YMCA already worked in some of the areas severely affected and acted quickly to provide families with food to support them while they wait for the water to recede and get their livelihoods restarted.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Missing Maps: A local volunteering project with a global impact

Bangladesh

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Volunteer becomes youngest member of UK Youth Board

Bangladesh

As an ICS volunteer, Alex worked with children to support their education.

International Citizen Service

Y Care International volunteer wins YMCA Youth Matters Award

Bangladesh, UK & Ireland

International Citizen Service

Volunteer reaches finals in YMCA Youth Matters Award

Bangladesh

Sokol in a non-formal primary school supporting young people struggling to access education in Kaligram, Bangladesh. Photo: Sokol Hoxha

International Citizen Service

Young people learn about disaster risk reduction in the face of climate change

Bangladesh

Local YMCAs have supported in the creation of 30 Village Disaster Volunteer Groups which meet fortnightly to discuss how best to prepare for disasters. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Why is working with young local volunteers so effective?

Bangladesh, Liberia

YMCA disaster volunteers groups have been active in preparing their communities for floods, and reduce the impacts when they strike. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Young volunteers help protect families from floods in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

International Citizen Service help the local community to prepare for disasters and support teaching at non-formal primary schools.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Health and wellbeing

Bangladesh YMCA volunteer arrives in UK for Youth Summit

Bangladesh

Anuva Rangsa (pictured far right) delivering a workshop on hand washing to a village disaster volunteer group in Birisiri, Bangladesh.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, International Citizen Service

ICS volunteers help launch Missing Maps pilot

Bangladesh

ICS and local volunteers work together in Bangladesh to learn how to put vulnerable communities on the map. [photo: Carmen Sumadiwira/YCI]

Global Youth Work

Help us put vulnerable communities on the map

Bangladesh, UK & Ireland

Missing Maps is teaming up with Y Care International to map two locations in Bangladesh. Photo: YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

ICS volunteer launches photo exhibition to share YMCA experience

Bangladesh, UK & Ireland

Returned volunteer Suyin Haynes at the opening of her exhibition 'SNAPSHOTS: Experiences from Bangladesh at the London School of Economics. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

International Citizen Service

How you helped YMCAs tackle crises in 2014

Bangladesh, Palestine

Flooding in northern Bangladesh has affected two million people and caused widespread disruption to families in the area.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Update on YMCA flood relief efforts in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

September - flood & Birisiri YMCA boat rescue

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

YMCA responds to Bangladesh floods that have affected millions

Bangladesh

Disaster volunteer groups in Bangladesh established through Y Care International provide support and advice to the YMCA to ensure immediate relief is provided to those most in need during monsoon floods.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Meet the YMCA volunteers fighting disasters in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

A YMCA Village Disaster Volunteers in Chittagong, one of the villages close to the coast and a river. Photo: Lizz Harrison/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Y Care International volunteer wins award for research report

Bangladesh

Hannah Jobse carried out research with support from YMCA Bogra on the opportunities and barriers in accessing healthcare in times of emergency. Photo: Hannah Jobse

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Change our world by volunteering overseas

Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, UK & Ireland

In Sierra Leone, we support the YMCA transform the lives of young people from slum communities. You can apply to volunteer for a project like this today. Photo: Nile Sprague

International Citizen Service

Engaging YMCAs across Asia in times of disaster

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka

YMCA staff from the Philippines, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka act out a disaster scenario for their colleagues to assess.

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Notes from the field: Reducing the risk of disasters in Asia

Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

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