As a result of recent flooding and landslides in northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, millions of people have been displaced and large parts of the region have been devastated. Nearly 245 people have been killed due to collapsed buildings or by drowning.

John will join us to discuss how Habitat for Humanity works with partners and volunteers to respond to disasters such as cyclones or storms to help families rebuild more resilient homes and improve communities’ access to clean water and safe sanitation along with raising hygiene standards.

Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world with more than 1,200 people per square kilometer. According to United Nations data, about 25 million people are living in abject poverty and nearly a quarter of the female-headed households live in extreme poverty. More than two million people in the capital city of Dhaka either live in slums or are without any proper shelter.

Since 1999, Habitat Bangladesh has helped disaster-affected families in Bangladesh through emergency shelter kits and transitional housing in the early phase of its response. Habitat Bangladesh programs include decent, affordable housing, clean water and safe sanitation, training in appropriate construction technology as well as disaster response and mitigation. Join us for this poignant AND uplifting discussion. This show made possible due to the generous support of Habitat for Humanity Tucson.



  • If you compare the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, with a city like Tucson, Arizona – Dhaka is about half the size of Tucson with 34 times the population. If you take the state of Arizona, Arizona is about twice the size of Bangladesh and there are 23 times more people in Bangladesh, than there are in Arizona. John paints the picture of life in Bangladesh in this podcast.
  • In the face of climate change and increased temperatures, metal-sided homes get too hot to reside inside the home. What is the cycle of material needs right now and what are the environmental impacts of developing those materials in Bangladesh? John and his team are looking at alternative materials for building in the next three years.
  • There are 28 million people at risk along the coastline because of rising sea levels. Rising temperatures are one issue but water is an even bigger issue -including the presence of arsenic. How do you, as a parent, make the choice of giving your thirsty child water, knowing it is laced with arsenic?
  • What is the impact of the clothing industry on women in Bangladesh? Mrs. Green discusses the film, The True Cost and John sheds some light of hope, as awareness has grown about filthy fashion and the responsibility of the fashion industry.
  • How big is a home in Bangladesh? How many people are living in a home in Bangladesh? You may not be surprised by John’s stories of what the culture looks like and what to expect to find in a Bangladesh home.
  • By 2025, at least 4.5 million more housing units will be needed in the capital of Bangladesh. There are 4,000 slums in Bangladesh. Habitat has started to include safety training for those living in the slums. Safety lessons like how to fight a fire, survive a fire, how to keep warm and others.
  • Clean water creates a true ripple effect for life – health, education, growth and success become possible. The work of Habitat Bangladesh involves creating opportunity to access clean water – it is changing lives and, thus, changing futures.
  • It is very difficult to get appropriate funding for the work Habitat is doing in Bangladesh – their big focus has been water and sanitation. What has been the impact of funding sources and other Habitat affiliates being involved with Habitat in Bangladesh? Learn more on this podcast.
  • What does charity-giving look like within the country of Bangladesh? Listen to John share a story about individual impact and the role that government has in the appropriation of funds.
  • How are John and his team working to make donor funding go further in Bangladesh? Listen to this podcast and learn how a little bit can truly help a lot.


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