In 1995, the Franciscan Friars, T.O.R. established a delegation in Bangladesh. It was created in response to political tensions that prevented travel to and from our Franciscan province in India.
The crisis in Bangladesh:
- although poverty is decreasing, it remains among the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world
- social and political problems, including poor infrastructure and political corruption
- rural communities lack or have only limited access to clean water, education, health care, adequate roads, and electricity
- violent weather and monsoons destroy homes and crops and cause outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and malaria
- lack of education leads to an adult literacy rate of only 58.8%
- less than 1% of the population is Christian
We respond to these challenges in Bangladesh by ministering to the poor, providing relief after natural disasters, offering health care and education, and evangelizing.
Franciscans in Bangladesh
from the Newsletter of the General Council
The delegation was established with the purpose of ministry to the poor population of the area by initiating social, economic, and spiritual betterment programs.
In 2010, the Vicar General blessed and inaugurated St. Anthony’s Children’s Home in Dostompur. It is dedicated to the economically deprived tribal children and was built with the help of our benefactors. Due to poverty in the area, the tribal children were not able to attend school. The hope is that St. Anthony’s Home will help address this problem.