During my visit to Bangladesh, I visited Climate Technology Park. This is a project of Global Ministries partner, The Christian Commission of Bangladesh (CCDB), and it is something that has never been done anywhere else in the world. Climate resiliency and climate education are the goals for this project.
"The Climate Centre is a unique place, located at Sreepur, 60 km north of Dhaka. The Climate Centre offers visitors exciting learning, research, and capacity building opportunities on climate change, climate adaptation, and mitigation. It uses interactive learning methods and demonstrates more than 50 technologies that are suitable for poor rural communities. The Climate Centre, which is still under construction, consists of a Climate Technology Park, a Learning Centre, and a Climate Campus."
CCDB works toward building climate-resilient communities through reducing risk, creating sustainable income-generating options, and introducing climate adaptive agriculture. The Bangladesh Lighthouse Project and Climate Technology Park are among some of the initiatives of CCDB. They are keen on using adaptive technology to help low-income communities. The people of Bangladesh deal with water erosion, drought, monsoons, and other climate change issues.
I was able to see first-hand how the resources and techniques being taught at the Climate Technology Park are directly helping men and women who are fishers and farmers. Periodic and severe flooding during monsoons has grown in frequency and intensity due to global warming and many people in Bangladesh are directly impacted. Climate change and severe weather issues impact the lives and livelihoods of Bangladeshi people.
Climate Technology Park is an initiative by CCDB to exhibit innovative, sustainable, low-cost technology effective for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The park is intended to be a hub for innovative climate change techniques that help farmers and fishers.
To read more information on Climate Technology Park click here.
May 22, 2020
From Global Ministries partner, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh.
The cyclone ‘Amphan’ made the land depression over Rajshahi region moved slightly northwestward, weakened into a well-marked low first, and then into a low over Rajshahi-Dinajpur region. It is likely to move northwards further and become unimportant.Read more
The Southern Asia region, comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, is one of the most populous regions in the world. Although many of these countries have reported fewer deaths and confirmed cases, as per some analysts, it is hard to be definite about these claims in view of the limited testing and monitoring capacities. With the indefinite nature of the lockdowns, and with most services and industries shut, and with hardly any economic activity, millions of people who live on daily wages are now exposed to hunger and homelessness. Churches in this region, although small and many, are actively engaged in community awareness and in reaching out to the most marginalized sections with daily supplies.Read more
The Southern Asia region, comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, is one of the most populous regions in the world. Although many of these countries have reported fewer deaths and confirmed cases, as per some analysts, it is hard to be definite about these claims in view of the limited testing and monitoring capacities. With current indefinite lockdowns and with hardly any economic activity, millions of people who live on daily wages are now exposed to hunger and homelessness. Churches in this region, although small and many, are actively engaged in community awareness and in reaching out to the most marginalized sections with daily supplies.Read more
Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh - April 1, 2020
Amid the Coronavirus crisis around the world, Bangladesh has been so far moderately affected by the Corona Virus (COVID 19) infection which likely to be spread in larger sphere of the community if necessary measures are not taken appropriately. Until April 1, 2020, 54 person tasted positive with Corona infection, 26 has been recovered, while the total number of deaths with confirmed coronavirus so far is 6 as per Bangladesh Government Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) information. They also informed that 24,113 people were in quarantine across the country while 346 others in isolation. On other hand, as per the media ( The Daily Star, April 1 & March 31, 2020) there are several people died in different locations of Bangladesh with respiratory complication, cough and fever but it is not supported by the Govt yet.Read more
First, a story from Delhi that resonates with the sighs of millions in the region.
Baby Devi has already lost 80% of her monthly earnings to the spread of the coronavirus - and the worst in India may be yet to come.
The 38-year-old mother of four, who cleans homes for a living, lost jobs with two of her three employers. Like many relatively well-off Indians, they've begun social distancing to fight the highly infectious virus.
For Devi, who is now taking home about $0.67 a day, her diminished earnings are as much of a concern as her living conditions. As India races to break the chain of transmission of the illness known as COVID-19, her family - living in a cramped single room and sharing a bathroom and toilet with two other households - is among those most at risk.Read more
There are 1.1 billion women in Bangladesh and many don’t have access to electricity and clean water for cooking. Global Ministries partner, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB), has introduced a low-cost cookstove called the Akha Stove, which means "agriculturally friendly" stove.
Monkhushi Halder has been using the Akha Stove for years. In 2000, she became a member of Akonful Forum, one of the many poverty reduction programs of CCDB. Monkhushi received microloans from CCDB and used her first loan to rent a grocery store. Today, she owns and runs a grocery shop in front of her home. She received another loan to buy a cow. Monkhushi now has a grocery store, a pond, cattle, and livestock.
After paying back the first loans, she took out another loan to buy land, build a house, and cultivate the land. The house has a sanitary latrine, a well, cattle, and poultry. She has 60 clay pots for composting and sells the compost to other farmers for organic farming. Monkhushi hopes to continue to grow her business with her family and live a happy life. She is a great example of what one person can do when they are provided access and opportunity. Her participation in this program has not only impacted her family but also the lives of those in her community who have been inspired to seek out microcredit loans for their own businesses.
Bangladesh is a predominantly Muslim country. The people of Bangladesh make a living from agriculture, textiles, garments, jute products, seafood processing, fertilizer production, sugar, tea, leather, and steel. Many of the people are landless and are forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land.
Periodic severe flooding in Bangladesh during monsoons has become worse due to global warming. Climate change and severe weather issues impact the lives and livelihoods of the people of Bangladesh. Global Ministries works with two partners in Bangladesh, the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh and the Church of Bangladesh, who provide aid to those most affected.
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh is working to transform lives through its poverty reduction program forum groups. Global Ministries visited several forums and learned how this program is helping to change multiple communities into thriving and growing neighborhoods. At one forum group, we met women who have received microcredit loans. The forums play a significant role in increasing household income as well as poverty reduction. Micro credits are provided to men and women who want to create a business but need low-interest loans. With the microcredit loans, people can start businesses that range from farms, grocery stores, jewelry, snack and candy making, and more.
In one forum group, women from a Muslim community have come together to change their community. Women sell milk and other products at a fair value that allows for a greater return on their investments, allowing them to be able to send their children to school. Working together has proven to benefit these women. The women pay a monthly fee to be a part of the forum and the fee allows them to do community activism and development. The forum can support children by awarding scholarships for school, providing nutritious meals, and offering blankets for children in the community. The program works to prevent child marriages in Bangladesh, where 60% of marriages are child marriages. Another issue that women are facing is domestic violence. The forum provides education on domestic violence for women and men. Most of the women farmers are also organic farmers who use sustainable farming techniques for their produce. Both men and women farmers are working to eliminate greenhouse gas through cooking and farming. In this forum, women have grown to such prominence in the community that one was recently elected to a local political position.
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) organizes a variety of programs throughout the country to promote development and public participation. Through the Climate Change Resilient Agriculture project, the CCDB is training farmers in innovative and efficient uses of climate adaptation and mitigation techniques and technologies.
Bangladesh is exposed to some of the most extreme climates, making climate change a priority to address in communities across the country. In response, the CCDB has opened five “Community Climate Resilience Centers” in five coastal villages, which are operated by local residents. The Community Climate Resilience Centers provide capacity-building courses and mobilize funds from community contributions to implement actions in collaboration with local governments. These actions include climate change risk assessments for households, climate-resilient agriculture and livelihood opportunities, and installing freshwater technologies to increase access to fresh water. Through this activity, each community develops a long-term resiliency plan in coordination with technical experts. The agricultural training program offers support to families who farm in high-risk areas on how to adopt alternative agricultural methods or training in alternative livelihoods. The project is improving access to freshwater through rainwater harvesting and desalination technologies. Additionally, the centers are increasing access to irrigation through new excavated ponds and canals. Through these adaptive techniques, livelihood opportunities, community engagement, and risk assessments the CCDB is working toward long-term solutions for becoming climate-resilient communities in Bangladesh. Global Ministries welcomes gifts for this project.
The Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) organizes a variety of programs throughout the country to promote development and public participation. Through focusing on self-reliance, collective growth, distributive justice, and peace through health, education, and income generation, the CCDB emphasizes community participatory processes to address concerns in the community.Read more