Over the last ten years Bangladesh has made impressive gains in key human development indicators. However many challenges remain.
More than 63 million people live below the poverty line, the constant threat of sudden shocks – natural and manmade – the uncertain impact of globalization and an increasingly competitive international trade environment impede higher growth rates. In addition, structural changes in rural Bangladesh have spurred rapid economic migration with the related complexities of rising urban poverty, lack of decent work and adequate shelter in urban areas.
Well over half a million people in Bangladesh are blind due to cataract. Cataract accounts for up to 73.39% of blindness in Bangladesh but the lack of ophthalmic personnel to provide screening and treatment coupled with a shortage of facilities in rural areas means that many cases go untreated. With one simple procedure their eyesight can be restored.
Working with partners on the ground we are providing free cataract surgeries in rural Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with a population of 158 million, with just over half below the age of 15. A significant proportion of these children are orphaned without at least 1 parent, this means that they have to work to earn money to support themselves and their families. Many of the children in need of sponsoring have never attended school.
Through UMR’s Orphan Sponsorship Program orphans are provided the support necessary to receive an education to help our children reach their full potential. Your generous donations pay for food, clothing, education and medicine for all children.
UMR provides essential food aid to hundreds of Bangladeshis facing food insecurity. We support widows, orphans and elderly beneficiaries with food packs both in Ramadan and throughout the year.