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Rural Advancement Committee for Bangladesh (RAC-Bangladesh)

Kishoreganj, Bangladesh
Joined April 2022

MISSION STATEMENT RAC-Bangladesh works to Enhancing the process of socio-economic development through empowering the people and building a Climate-resilience Community” where people live in dignity.

Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Livelihoods

Rural Advancement Committee for Bangladesh (RAC-Bangladesh) born in Bangladesh which is a very remote and Haor (wetland) area. As it is surrounded by water, so the communication with main-land is very poor. Every year the people of working areas is experienced by flash flood and flood, upstream water triggered the flash flood situation in low lying areas. The flash flood and flood hit the areas and bring huge damages in the lives and livelihood of the community. Poor communication, lack of electricity, huge illiteracy inadequate educational institutions and lack of awareness heavily affect the lives and livelihood the community. Naturally, Haor has got different Characteristics in terms of facing climate change effects and seasonal disasters which lead to huge migration and shifting of professions resulted a vicious cycle of poverty. The Haor community belongs their own culture and have own way to maintain their livelihood with huge backwardness which mislead them with prejudice, ignorance, illiteracy, dowry, early marriage, and depriving from basic rights. All these disasters cause homelessness, loss of agricultural lands, livestock and assets of the affected people. Side by side, water-bond diseases spread out which effect the people especially, the women and children. All these disasters are the regular phenomenon for the Haor community which causes huge vulnerabilities that lead to poverty. Geographically, the area is surrounded by water in rainy season and isolated from the main land and deprived from the process of development. The situation was worse before 28 years. Under these circumstances, RAC-Bangladesh was born in March 1992 to stand by the side of the vulnerable community and to bring about specific changes in the lives and livelihood of the Haor community. RAC-Bangladesh came across a challenging period of 28 years of its journey of fighting against the disasters with special emphasis to reduce the vulnerabilities of the Haor community. Since1992.