Bangladesh Blankets

In both January 2012 and January 2013, Bangladesh suffered from extremely cold temperatures, resulting in deaths from hypothermia.  ERDO's response was to provide thousands of blankets to help people survive...

A child tries to sleep during the coldest January in 45 years in BangladeshAccording to news reports from South Asian media, the cold wave that struck the northern districts of the sub-Himalayan regions of Bangladesh in January 2013 claimed more than 72 lives. Most of these deaths were children who suffered from hypothermia.

In a late January report from our program partner, more than 100 children were in hospital for pneumonia.  In different locations the temperature reached levels just above freezing: on January 9th in Dinajpur the temperature reached a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, while in Dhaka, the temperature went down to 7.2 degrees Celsius.

For those living in poverty, the ability to stay warm is limited to huddling around fires.  Blankets, like those distributed during the cold wave of last year are critically needed. 

Our partner, The Pentecostal Assemblies of Bangladesh, distributed 5,000 blankets to families who did not receive them during the last cold wave.

Gifts of $20 provided 5 blankets for children and adults in need.  Thank you for supporting this project which is now complete.

Families huddle around fires to stay warm during the Bangladesh cold emergency of January 2013

 

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