BRI & HK EP1 | Dedicated to Bangladesh for over 9 years, HK entrepreneur helps local population relieve poverty
What comes to your mind when you think of Bangladesh? Bengal tigers? High population density? Poverty and underdevelopment?
Bangladesh, located about a 4-hour flight from Hong Kong, is vastly different from Hong Kong in terms of cuisine, climate, religion, and language. While Hong Kong is known for its prosperity and vibrancy, Bangladesh has been classified as one of the "least developed countries" for over 40 years. Villages with water, road, and electricity shortages are prevalent, and poverty-stricken individuals without access to education are abundant.
With a population of 160 million, Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world. Its capital, Dhaka, also has a population of over 15 million. However, in the face of poverty and weakness, the problem of orphans and abandoned babies has plagued this "mega-city" to a great extent.
After 2013, Hong Kong entrepreneur Pauline Ngan took over the funding and management of an orphanage in Bangladesh.
The children who receive support from Ngan call her "Mama". "Every time she came to Bangladesh from China, she would visit the children, giving them fruit, beef, etc., and helping us in various ways.” The current director of the orphanage said.
On the day the journalist visited the orphanage, the children were playing a football game under the guidance of their teachers. Under the blue sky, on the green field, the children's chasing figures and blossoming smiles were rare and vivid. They were once orphans, but here they found a sense of home.
Why did such significant development happen in this area? The DotDotNews team interviewed in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, and delved into the factories to uncover the story behind this transformation.