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Garment workers in Bangladesh in urgent need of help

Posted on: May 21, 2013 11:18 AM
Related Categories: Anglican Alliance, Bangladesh

Rana Plaza, a multi-story building where five major factories employed more than 4000 people collapsed in Dhaka on the 24th April leaving over 1100 dead and around 1000 injured.

The people affected are poor garment workers, most of them women, who do not have any kind of insurance or support. Their injuries are severe, including several amputations, which require long term medical treatment and rehabilitation, all of which is very expensive. Relatives have been forced to sell the little they have to cover the immediate cost of the treatments for the victims. They are also selling their livelihoods, their only source of income, which threatens their future and holds people back in poverty.

Many families that lost the only breadwinner are struggling to meet ends and buy food and basic items, in particular, those who left behind children, disable and older members. The impact on the families is enormous and it is particularly devastating for women.

As the Anglican Alliance has been reporting, the church of Bangladesh has been responding to this emergency since the beginning. The Church supported the rescue team working to save people from the wreckage and has also been mobilising help for the injured garment workers and their families. Bishop Paul Sarker, Moderator of Church of Bangladesh has been visiting the injured in hospital and is asking for prayers and financial support to implement the following plan:

Objective of the response:

To provided essential support to the poorest injured women who are undergoing treatment and to help children, people with disabilities and older people left behind by those who died.

Targeted area: Anandapur, Bank colony, Moddhapara, Mazidpur rapar slum areas in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Targeted community:  Injured women garments workers and the very poor family members of the victims left behind.

Number of beneficiaries: 500

Time frame: 3 months (1st June to 30th Aug, 2013)

Who is responsible for implementing the response: Moderator, Bishop Paul S Sarker

Proposed budget:

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If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please send your donations to the following account of the Church of Bangladesh:

Name of the Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Ltd
Address: 67 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan, Dhaka 1212
Account Title: The Church of Bangladesh Synod Fund
Bank Account Number: 18 – 1050346 -01
Swift Code: SCBLBDDXXXX

The Church of Bangladesh will provide updates about the evolution of the situation and how resources have been used to respond to this emergency. The Anglican Alliance will post the report back on this appeal.

If you would like to know more about this appeal please contact: tania.nino@aco.org