This Lent, the CAFOD appeal shared the story of Mahinur and her family who live in Barishal, a village in rural Bangladesh.
Her community is bearing the brunt of climate change. Drought has killed all the fish in Mahinur’s river meaning she can no longer reply on fishing to earn a living. And, this April, her village was hit by the devastating Cyclone Fani.
In addition to climate change, Mahinur also has to ensure the safety of her husband and son, who both have physical disabilities.
Her husband Khalek walks with difficulty and cannot work, and their son, Rabiul, aged 12, has learning difficulties – leaving Mahinur as the main carer and earner.
Using funds raised through the Lent 2019 Appeal, CAFOD provided Khalek with new crutches and he was encouraged to attend the local disability support group for advice on things like applying for government disability allowance.
Mahinur joined a CAFOD project, started in her village and the surrounding areas, to help vulnerable people cope with the changing climate and earn enough money to support themselves.
“I would like to learn more about looking after a cow and chickens,” said Mahinur.
“Learning these new skills, I hope it will help me earn more so that I can grow more food and rear cattle and poultry.
“But my biggest dream is to try and open a shop across the river, selling tea, bananas, and biscuits. This would give me a steady income. This would make me more stable and hopeful.”
Over the next three-years, CAFOD is supporting 3,000 families across 15 villages in Bangladesh.
The project will give people seeds, ducks, chickens, goats and sheep, and will train people to make their own vermicompost – a process of using food waste and worms to make compost. And, there will be vocational training that will support people with disabilities.
And none of this would have been possible without the support of people from across Wales – so thank you!