In September, we launched an appeal to raise funds for Bangladesh, after unprecedented heavy rains destroyed houses, cash crops, brought down power supplies and put a third of the country under water.
More than half of the staff at Oasis Coffins, our brilliant Fair-trade partners in the Nilphamari District of North-West Bangladesh, and their families were affected. We reached out to you and you responded with great generosity. We are delighted to say we have now hit our fundraising total of £5k and we thought you would like to see just how far that amount of money has gone and the good it has done.
Many Oasis Coffins staff live in homes made from mud and bamboo, like Madhob (pictured bottom left). The walls of his house fell down and his bamboo kitchen wall tilted sideways. He borrowed some money from a well-wisher to immediately put up the walls of his house but he still owes money to some people for the work. We can help him repay this debt as well as permanently fix the kitchen wall.
Vital crops re-sown
Many staff suffered losses to crops, which have severely impacted their harvests and income. Funds will be used to help compensate for those losses and to purchase seeds and fertilizer for future cultivation.
Many people saw their livestock (particularly poultry) and feed washed away. Your money will go towards replacing these losses and restoring a vital source of sustenance.
Safe drinking water restored
Floodwaters inundated tube wells with foul water and with it brought the very real risk of disease. The water systems need repair work in order for the well to be usable and provide safe drinking water to families again. Your donations will support this work.
Damaged furniture replaced
Many people also saw their furniture washed away or flood damaged. Like Rajesh (pictured bottom center), whose bed was damaged. He has not been able to repair it as he has not managed to set aside money for it. For the time being, he has added some bamboo posts to hold the bed. The money we have sent can buy him a new bed.
So from all of us at JC Atkinson, and from the staff and families at Oasis Coffins, a very big thank you. Together, we are a force for good.
Bangladesh flood appeal – your support changing lives