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Creches for Bangladesh

An RNLI appeal to provide sustainable solutions for communities in Bangladesh to prevent drowning
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Drowning is a leading killer of children in Bangladesh

In a country where 40 children drown every day, a nursery place can be a lifesaver. So our Creches for Bangladesh appeal aims to raise at least £40,000* to fund community-led creches and protect thousands of children from drowning – and if you give before 28 April, your donation will be doubled by the UK government**.

Give a child a safe place

40 children drown every day in Bangladesh, where ponds, rivers and wells are an ever-present danger. Most children die within 20m of their own home. But the drowning problem is as preventable as it is tragic.

How will your donation help? It helps to fund childcare that could save a life. It helps give a child a safe place to learn and play in a country where drowning is an everyday risk. It helps to provide a sustainable, community-led facility that boosts childhood development.

Just £30 could pay for a whole year of childcare for one child. £170 is enough to pay for the set up and equipment needed for a creche. And £835 could fund the entire annual running cost of a creche.

A group of children and leaders at an anchal in Bangladesh


In Bangladesh, many families are faced with an impossible situation: work must be completed in order for families to survive but paid-for childcare is out of reach to many families in rural communities, even for those that could afford it. That leaves thousands of children at risk. Research has shown that children aged 1–4 are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of open water, with drowning responsible for almost half (40%) of all deaths in this age group. They are most at risk between 9am–1pm when parents are busy working and undertaking chores essential to keeping their families fed, clothed and healthy.

There is a solution, though. Community-led creches called anchals provide a secure place for children from Bangladesh to play and learn while being protected from the everyday risks of drowning. They learn vital lifeskills too. It also puts the maas (the women who run the creches) at the centre of the community, creating role models and empowering women.

An anchal ma (creche leader) caring for a child


By working with local communities, the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh – and with support from the UK government – the RNLI is raising funds for lifesaving creches in Bangladesh.

Please donate by 28 April, and all public donations will be doubled by the UK government, allowing us to protect even more children from drowning.

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*Any money raised over our £40,000 target could allow us to extend the reach of the programme, fund even more creche places, or alternatively any extra raised could be used to help fund another of our international projects.

**The RNLI is independent from government and relies on voluntary contributions and gifts in Wills for income. However, where governments have specific grants available for overseas development, and the criteria match our work, we make applications to ensure a balanced spectrum of funding for our projects. We will not seek funding from central government if this could jeopardise our independence. Donations will only be matched by the UK government if they come from within the United Kingdom. Donations from the Republic of Ireland (or any other country) will not be matched.

The RNLI’s mission to prevent drowning

For nearly 200 years, the RNLI has depended on the kindness of people like you to help communities save lives. Today we prevent drowning through a 24/7 lifeboat service in the UK and Ireland, seasonal lifeguards on beaches, plus safety campaigning and interventions around the world. Bangladesh, where drowning is a leading killer of children, is a key focus for this international work.

The RNLI’s mission to save lives at sea – our rescue, prevention and international work


When the RNLI was formed in 1824, the resolutions passed at a public meeting included one that stated that ‘the subjects of all nations [should] be equally objects of the Institution, as well in war as in peace’. For more on the RNLI’s international work, visit our international pages.