Christian Discipleship Centre, Bangladesh
The Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) is a full-time residential Bible school for the training of nationals. Since its founding in 1979, it has trained more than 800 graduates who are now working with all denominations in Bangladesh.
Since 2011, CDC has offered a part-time, six-month Church Leadership Training Course for those who cannot participate in the longer, full-time programme.
In 2006, CDC established the Adult Literacy Project, which helps those who were never able to go to school to develop a basic level of literacy. This course is offered in different parts of Bangladesh, and most CDC graduates help facilitate. More than a thousand adults have completed this course.
CDC also conducts Learning Circles in villages. A facilitator leads a small group of men and women over a period of ten months, training them in specific topics such as health and hygiene, antenatal care, and duck rearing. This project has been in operation since 2012.
The CDC Communication Department produces life-changing programmes and training materials for unreached people groups.
New Hope Child Education provides education for underprivileged children in remote areas, where education is not otherwise available. There are fifteen schools in villages throughout Bangladesh. The project has been running since 2000.
- Population: 150 million
- Natural Hazards: droughts and cyclones; much of the country is routinely inundated during the summer monsoon season
- Education: compulsory – although poverty means most are unable to cover basic costs such as stationery and uniforms
- Health Issues: bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, dengue fever, and malaria