Here she takes a sensitive look at the complex issues of child marriage and family loyalty in Bangladesh.
We have fully-funded opportunities for young people aged 18-25 to volunteer on projects lasting around 10 weeks on our International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
In Bangladesh, ICS volunteers work with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
Tasks include market research, business development and marketing.
Bangladesh is a green and fertile country with innumerable waterways that crisscross the largest river delta in the world. Over the past 30 years poverty has consistently fallen, with an 81% increase in its Human Development Index.
However, rural areas are home to many small-scale farmers, sixty percent of whom live below the poverty line and are threatened by a changing climate that brings more regular flooding, and decreasing freshwater.
VSO is working to improve health outcomes, ensure that more people have safe, sustainable means of making a living, and working with communities to respond to the effects of a changing climate and environment.
Our projects are making real progress, and we’re excited to see what we will achieve in a time of national growth of industry and opportunity.
What measures then, have been adopted to fight poverty?
To deal with poverty, the UN initiated the introduction of the microcredit concept and declared the year 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit (United Nations 2004, par 1).