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Khairati Para

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This is Khairati Para

Khairati Para is a community of 725 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 Khairati Para 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, Khairati Para is on a primary route for drug and human trafficking, putting women and children at risk. It has no school to educate its children, and no access to healthcare.

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

Khairati Para Needs

Clean Water

You’ll empower villagers to find and build innovative solutions to the water crisis.

Economic Empowerment

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

Ruby's Story

A Better Life Because of Help from Someone Like You

Ruby and Mizanur were in love when they got married. She was 15 years old, and he was 24, and she moved into his family’s house. But soon the reality of living with nine people and sharing a bedroom with others in a very small house brought tension in their relationship, especially when his job as a day laborer wasn’t enough for them to live on.

Things went from bad to worse when Ruby had a baby girl one year later. Mizanur became emotionally and physically abusive when she refused to ask her poor family for money. For months Ruby went back and forth from her parents’ home to her husband’s, trying unsuccessfully to avoid the abuse. 

"I was seeking options to do something for my family, and I joined a World Concern self-help group. There I got to know a member who sewed, and I thought, ‘If I can sew, I can earn money.’ But I had no money to buy a machine and to receive the training. Then, a few months later World Concern helped me with $174 USD for COVID assistance and that money was the key to the development of our family.” 

With the money, the couple began to lease some land and bought three goats. These reproduced and they were able to sell the offspring, giving Ruby enough money to buy a sewing machine and learn how to sew. This added to their income and Ruby and Mizanur were able to build their own home out of mud and their relationship improved.

Ruby and Mizanur believe that everyone needs someone or something to bring light to their life and because of someone like you, World Concern has done that for them. They are very happy with their life now and are helping others.

“Though I am not educated enough, I am learning from my experiences. I am giving sewing training to my neighborhood adolescents with a minimum fee so they will not suffer like me. And we will educate our daughter as much as possible,” Ruby said. 

Mizanur added, "Poverty destroys love and humanity. I have realized this truth in my life. Now we are happy, we can see dreams now.”

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 Khairati Para today!

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