BANGLADESH BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP - BANGLADESH
The Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) runs world-class relief and development programs. BBCF and Partners International partner with communities in our "Adopt A Village" program. This program reduces disease and death. It increases incomes provides more opportunity for education. One element of the Adopt A Village program is 'savings-based financing'. It is a little different than micro-loans. With micro-loans people borrow money from an institution. Instead, we organize groups where members contribute their savings. Then they decide together which member to loan their pooled saving to. Some savings-based groups are so successful that they turn into small banks! The BBCF also runs 20 children's hostels. The provide opportunity for isolated and impoverished children to get a good education. And the BBCF has a hospital and clinics that provide medical care. Bangladesh is a densely populated country with massive amounts of extreme poverty. Many people are day-labourers without stable work or land of their own. People are vulnerable to annual floods, cyclones, arsenic contaminated water, and rising sea levels. Two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than five metres above sea level. By 2050, Bangladesh may lose 11% of its land, affecting an estimated 15 million people. The BBCF is doing an amazing job in this context, improving lives.