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Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh

Rachel Chimits
July 10, 2019

World Challenge workers are helping families protect their young daughters from cultural pressure to marry too early.

According to the Human Rights Watch, “Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in Bangladesh married before age 15…”

In a study that interviewed hundreds of women across the country, researchers found a shocking number of girls who had been married off before they were 11 years old.

Although child marriages have been illegal for decades, the practice is alive and well, especially in poorer communities.

Child Brides in the Slums

For the Dalits—the “untouchables”—who live in Bangladesh’s slums, parents regularly struggle to feed all of their children.

Working in the Graveyards

Rachel Chimits
June 19, 2019

Bangladesh’s most impoverished and discriminated-against group is slowly opening up to outsiders and the good news of Jesus Christ.

Aatmaja waits by the gates, wreathed in the scents of smoldering camphor and incense, burning bamboo and bodies.

The cremation grounds are filled with pyres, feet often poking out with the big toes tied together. Families gather around the hottest burning ones, chanting matras that will hopefully help their loved one achieve “moksha,” freedom from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.

Another family enters the grounds, carrying a body on poles, everyone careful not to touch it. That’s Aatmaja’s job, that and tending the pyres, because she has no caste status or purity to lose.

She’s a Dom, the lowest strata of the untouchable caste “Dalits.”

Tea for Freedom

Andreas Steffensen
March 18, 2019

One man in Bangladesh found economic liberty with the help of godly community.

Bangladesh’s minimium wage workers toil in grindingly difficult jobs for an average monthly salary that is the equivalent of $63.

Amolla was one of these workers, supporting his family of six. If any of the children got sick, they had to visit a kabiraj, an unregistered medical practitioner.

Then a World Challenge ministry partner started a local care group, and Amolla and his wife joined.

Opening Up the Heart

The care group helped the couple come to know God, but their poverty still deeply troubled Amolla. Up to this point, he had avoided openly discussing his problems.

From Listening to Leading

World Challenge Staff
April 14, 2018

Opportunities to Preach the Gospel Open Up for a Bangladeshi Women’s Care Group

Like many women in underdeveloped nations, the women of a Bangladeshi community were isolated, unheard and illiterate. Without the ability to read and write, small things, like going to the market for goods, were an ordeal. They would get robbed by sellers as they didn’t understand basic arithmetic. Going home shortchanged and unable to meet their immediate needs.

Life Transformed

Rachel Chimits
December 27, 2018

Making inroads with a Muslim neighborhood through community classes.

With a population of about 164 million people, Bangladesh is one of the most unreached countries in the world, with 88 percent of people being Sunni Muslims and another 10 percent being Hindu. 

The country’s official state religion is Islam, and although they have laws to uphold religious freedom, cases of harassment and violence toward non-Muslim individuals or organizations are frequently reported.

The potential danger hasn’t stopped World Challenge partners who want to offer relief and education to those caught in desperate poverty.

One partner* describes his experience: