Bangladesh: Ukhiya

Ukhiya's Community News

This sponsorship program is new! With the support of generous sponsors like you, we're working toward the goals developed hand-in-hand with local leaders and families. Below you'll find information about our plans to address the community's most pressing needs.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Working with partners, we’ll help strengthen child protection systems and create programs for children to learn about keeping themselves safe from harm or abuse.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • We’ll equip the community to form trained committees to monitor clean water access, sanitation facilities, and good hygiene behaviors.
  • We’ll provide extra support for young children and pregnant mothers, helping families learn about healthy foods and getting the right medical care.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Faith groups will help us bring positive changes into families through workshops and trainings, as people become empowered to keep children safe and thriving spiritually.

The numbers shown above are from a specific reporting time period, and include all children in the community who benefited from the programs listed.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Ukhiya, Bangladesh

Ukhiya is a forested coastal area on the Myanmar border made up of small rural villages and towns scattered through hills and river valleys. The hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees that have flooded into the region from Myanmar since 2017 have brought significant changes. Though the refugee camp is separated from Ukhiya’s citizens, the camp and its residents have contributed to massive deforestation. More than a third of all households live in poverty since families who used to make their living cutting wood or using the forest for other agricultural purposes have lost their income source. Mothers and children in particular suffer from poor health, partly because traditional or religious healers are more commonly used than health clinics. Almost one in three pregnant women suffers from anemia and malnutrition, causing them to give birth to underweight babies who have less chance of growing up healthy. Children get sick from preventable illness like diarrhea because their parents lack awareness about keeping them healthy. The community needs better access to healthcare and reliable clean water sources. Though the area had good schools with well-trained teachers, parents’ involvement in their children’s education is low and schools are falling into disrepair. The most vulnerable children aren’t supported to go to school: Ethnic children who speak a different language than what’s taught in schools often don’t attend, and the government doesn’t support children with disabilities to learn with the assistance they need. There are no churches in the program area, but because it’s a majority Muslim area, imams are highly respected community leaders. They’re joining us to help influence people to prioritize healthcare and child protection. Children aren’t empowered to know their rights or to dream of brighter futures for themselves, and about four in 10 children are forced into child marriages.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 3 years.
Ukhiya, Bangladesh is in Phase 1


  • We start by building relationships with local leaders and community members.
  • The community identifies their greatest challenges and develops an action plan.
  • The community nominates vulnerable children for sponsorship.


  • Community projects begin as we work shoulder to shoulder with families.
  • Excitement grows as families start experiencing positive change.
  • The well-being of children improves as solutions are implemented.


  • Local leaders and families take on more ownership and self-sufficiency grows.
  • The community and children grow stronger and healthier thanks to large improvements in areas like clean water, education, nutrition, and more.


  • After years of hard work, the community becomes self-reliant and is ready to graduate.
  • We celebrate their success and seek out the next community where God has blessings in store.

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