Bangladesh Community Development Program

Baked samosa, boneless chicken breast, jumbo shrimp, butternut squash, mango, pineapple, papaya, grapes, oranges, melons, strawberries,kiwi, naan bread, and much more greeted guests who gave generously and ate well at the dinner held at the Akron Mennonite Church, in Akron, PA. Guest Chef Jim King works on the shrimp dish.

An authentic Bangladesh dinner organized, prepared, and catered by Richard and Dr. Mary Ann Sarker of Lancaster County, PA has raised more than $21,000 for the Community Development Program in Shambouganj, Bangladesh that Richard and Conscience International partners launched in 2012. The project includes a school for 145 students, a medical clinic, and an economic empowerment training program for women in tailoring skills and animal husbandry so they can provide for their families as seamstresses or by raising and selling goats. Richard is the Southeast Asia Program Director for Conscience International. His next goal is to establish a nourishing lunch program for students who too often come to school hungry due to deficiency of food at home, and building water and sanitation projects that will reduce the incidence of childhood morbidity and mortality in the village.

To read more about Richard’s work in Shambouganj, see stories below. You can help by donating in any amount on our secure Give Now link or by mailing a check to the Conscience International address on this website. All donations are tax deductible.