Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries with 164.4 million people (9th largest country in the world by population) in 147,570 Sq. Km, almost half of the total population live less than US$ 1.25 a day (World Bank, 2005) and 80% on less than US$ 2.00 a day (DFID, 2011) and ranks 146th in HDI among 187 countries in the world. In addition, child malnutrition rates of 48 % are the second highest in the world, a condition that is tied to the low social status of women in Bangladeshi society. Bangladesh is also one of the most vulnerable countries to the adversities of climate change.
Scope for Heifer Intervention:
Bangladesh's natural resource base is very rich, including fertile land and water, their products and attributes such as fisheries, forestry, crop, fuel, fodder, biodiversity, etc. This is the basis for livelihoods of the vast majority of the poor who are mostly underemployed or unemployed. Heifer Bangladesh thinks to address the problem of the vulnerability and its impacts on those living in poverty, a range of actions are required for different actors and at different levels. Heifer Bangladesh support partner organizations in the projects thereby ensuring that structures are reinforced from the bottom up and that successful project work can be secured for the long term to make sustainable change.
About the Organization:
Heifer International Bangladesh is a non-profit humanitarian organization committed to ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth, and to living its core values by transforming itself to be a more consistent, unified and stronger organization committed to providing deeper, more reflective and sustainable impact through all its projects and programs.
History of Heifer International:
In 1944, an American Farmer Dan West came up with the idea of giving to Spanish civil war affected families a cow to rescue them permanently from the indignity of depending on others to feed their children. This simple idea of giving cow to these families was a source of food rather than short-term relief and that has been continued for more than 68 years. Since Heifer's inception in 1944 to 2010, 13.6 million families and more than 70 million people of more than 125 countries around the world have directly and indirectly benefited from the gifts of livestock, trees, seeds and training. Heifer had 817 active projects in 53 countries and 25 states of US in Fiscal Year 2010.
History of Heifer Project International Bangladesh:
Heifer International Bangladesh started working in Bangladesh since March 2006 in a partnership with one Non-Government Organization. Until todate, ten (10) projects have been funded through four project partners for implementation in five districts named Natore, Rajshahi, Bogra, Narshingdi and Bhairab where poverty situation is very high. Around 3,021 families have already been supported by Heifer International Bangladesh since 2006.In February 22, 2012 Heifer International Bangladesh Country office is established formally and got the registration from NGO-AB of Bangladesh.
From FY-13 -17, a total of 4,000 families are going to get support through innovative project where Heifer Bangladesh will work with the communities to create impacts which will be multiplied by introducing social capital building and developing sustainable livelihood.
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.
To pass on the Gift. As people share their animals with others - along with their knowledge, resources and skills - an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.