Since its creation, Bangladesh has suffered innumerable disasters, natural and manmade, making it one of the poorest third world countries in the world, with an estimated one third of its population living in poverty.
Our Muslim Aid Bangladesh Field Office was set up in 1991 following the devastating cyclones that hit the country in that year. The charity initiated relief and rehabilitation projects for the victims of the tidal surge which swept the South-Eastern coastal belt of Bangladesh, leaving 10,000 dead and causing immeasurable damage to livelihood and property.
Muslim Aid Bangladesh Field Office (MABFO) is now working in almost 64 districts through its core development programmes and special programmes across the country with 1274 dedicated staff members. MABFO has eight major interventions in Bangladesh. The interventions are education, microfinance and SME, emergency response and humanitarian assistance, food security and nutrition, agriculture and livelihood, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, community and maternal health, WASH and specialist projects. MABFO's total beneficiaries, since its beginning, is three million. Muslim Aid Bangladesh plans to support 813,128 people throughout the year in 2012 with its programme interventions.
Currently, Muslim Aid is leading a consortium DeSHARI which stands for Developing and Strengthening Humanitarian Assistance and Risk Reduction Initiatives that brings together five International NGOs with extensive experience in disaster preparedness and response, including Action Contre la Faim, Christian Aid, DanChurch Aid, Muslim Aid and Save the Children. Muslim Aid is an active member of all UN clusters working in Bangladesh and other related departments of Bangladesh Government.