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This is Harinmara

Harinmara is a community of 566 families living on the outskirts of the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. The small village is among the poorest in a nation that has struggled with extreme poverty for generations.

The families in Harinmara depend on seasonal day labor for their income and there is seldom enough food to go around. Children are malnourished and constantly sick from contaminated water. Parents often feel pressured to marry off their daughters when they are young so someone else can take care of them.

Located between Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal, Harinmara is on a primary route for drug and human trafficking, putting women and children at risk. The village has a primary school, but most families cannot afford to send their children. They have no access to healthcare.

The residents of Harinmara are eager and ready for change. With your support, they will experience lasting transformation and a bright future for themselves and the next generation.

The residents of Harinmara are desperate for change. The village has a primary school, but most families cannot afford to send their children and many families are forced to marry their daughters off at a young age, perpetuating generational poverty. Women take care of the children while their husbands search for day labor and ways to try to meet their family’s needs. The families here need your help.

Harinmara Needs

Economic Empowerment

Parents will learn job skills, join savings groups, and be empowered to support their children.


A village classroom, supplies, and teacher training will educate children.

Food & Nutrition

Farming and livestock training will enable families to have ample nutritious food year-round.

Child Protection

Families will learn the dangers of early marriage and how to prevent trafficking.

Khotija and her children sit inside their home.
Khotija’s Story

How Economic Change Transformed Her Marriage

Khotija Akter was only 15 years old when her grandmother arranged her marriage, and she came to the difficult realization that her only role in life was to take care of her husband and perform domestic duties. She soon had five children to feed, and her husband’s income was often not enough for them to eat twice a day.

"This destroyed my family’s peace and every day my husband shouted and tortured me for silly matters, sometimes without any cause,” Khotija said. “I thought that because he was earning the money, he had the right to do what he wanted. He was the supreme authority to take decisions for the family.”

Khotija became used to her husband’s abuse and grew more and more silent. It seemed like there was no way to improve her family’s situation. Then Khotija heard about a self-help group through World Concern. She joined and started saving money every month. In addition, the group talked about various topics like early marriage, savings, family development, personal hygiene, dowry, gender, domestic violence, and trafficking.

When Khatija was able to take a small loan from the group to help her husband, he saw that she was managing their family well and his respect for her grew. With her new knowledge from the group, Khotija saw how women in her society had no value or decision-making power.

"Now I understand that I am also part of the family and have the right to take part in the decision-making process,” she said. “Now my husband involves me in family decisions and maintaining our family. My children also show me respect that they didn’t before.”

As Khotija changed, so did her husband. He said, “Now we run our business equally. My wife taught me about the bad effects of early marriage which we have already faced, so we decided not to marry our other daughters while they are young and instead, we sent them to school. I taught my two young sons to respect and help their mother and women. I want to thank World Concern for their work in our remote village where some of our social norms and patriarchal attitudes are the main obstacles for women and girl’s development.”

When you partner with villages like Harinmara you are changing the lives of women and children, building healthy family structures, and helping the community rise out of poverty. 

Become a Monthly Partner

Your monthly gift of $39 will meet physical and spiritual needs and bring lasting change to the families in this village. Join the transformation in Harinmara today!

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A Bangladeshi woman cuts vegetables inside her home.