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report2013As you read through this annual report we really do hope that you are encouraged by the work Banzaid is doing. Banzaid exists to restore life and to transform communities – although there are always challenges and obstacles to overcome, I believe we are fulfilling this mission. REAL people are having their lives transformed through these projects – real people, not statistics or faceless numbers – and this is surely cause for celebration!

By the middle of last week the warnings were going out: A major cyclone is heading up the Bay of Bengal. Cyclone Fani (pronounced “Foni”) was classified as a “very severe cyclonic storm”, and was going to hit first the coastal areas of Odisha State (the Indian State to the south west of West Bengal), and travel up through Kolkata to hit Bangladesh. The Bay of Bengal regularly experiences cyclones, and some of them have been very serious. The top of the Bay of Bengal is an area with a high...
Recently I went into one of our big retail stores to buy a pair of jeans. I walked out without even trying on a pair. Why? Because the jeans that I saw were so cheap that I could not believe that the Bangladesh garments workers involved in their manufacture could possibly have been paid a fair wage. Now I’ve lived in Bangladesh, and I know how much the garments industry contributes to the economy, and the flow on benefits in the wider community. One of these benefits is that now a much higher...