In the foothills of Garo Hills in Durgapur Upazila of Netrokona district, Bangladesh lies isolated villages without safe drinking water and a modern agricultural, sewage and communications system.  Unemployment, child marriage, and trafficking are also rampant.

Shalom, a development organisation of Church of Bangladesh (COB) is trying to tackle three major issues: food security and nutrition; climate change; and local advocacy and rights. Since December 2019, activities such as vocational training and support have been organised for the ethnic Garo, Hajong, and Bengali poor to help them earn a livelihood.