RNLI targets Bangladesh’s childhood drowning epidemic

4 February 2019

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) launched its Creches for Bangladesh appeal on 4 February to combat the country’s childhood drowning epidemic, which claims the lives of 40 children a day.

The RNLI will tackle the problem through the building of community-led day care centres which has been proven to reduce the risk of drownings by 82%.

‘The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has more than 120 years of life-saving experience, and through the ‘Creches for Bangladesh’ appeal their great British expertise will now change lives globally too,’ says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt.*

A donation of £2.50 provides a whole month of day care for one child, and as a UK Aid Match appeal all public donations will be doubled by the UK government.

For more information or to donate to ‘Creches for Bangladesh’, visit the website.

*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Anne-Marie Trevelyan .