CHILDREN IN BANGLADESH
Reg Charity No ... 1124389
THE PURPOSE OF THE CHARITY
Children in Bangladesh is a charity dedicated to helping poor, but able and committed children in Bangladesh to achieve their full potential, irrespective of sex or religion. Many charities are concerned to assist short term when disaster strikes. This charity is concerned for the longer term, by giving financial aid and long-term support to children to see them through school and, where appropriate, university education. The charity works with and through local people in Bangladesh. There are no regional offices or paid staff. Every penny is spent in helping a child.
Bangladesh is at the north side of the Bay of Bengal. It is a Delta of the two rivers – the Ganges flowing from India in the west and the Bramapatra flowing from China in the east. Historically it was part of the ancient kingdom of Bengal; then from 1756 the British Raj took control until partition in 1947 when it became East Pakistan but dominated by West Pakistan. In 1971, after a bloody civil war, it became the independent state of Bangladesh (land of the Bangla speaking people). As a delta it has a very rich soil but centuries of plunder by invading forces have left the land and the people impoverished. Now it has a population of over 160 million on a land area of less than the UK. The unit of currency is the Taka and over 80% of the population earns less than 200 Taka per day (£1 = 120 Taka).
THE CHARITY STARTED
In 1999 five professional friends got together to offer financial help and supervision to a few children in Dhaka who were showing educational promise and commitment to study but came from poor homes which were unable to afford to pay for proper education. They called the group Emergers. These five Bangladeshis raised funds from their friends and by 2003 they had awarded scholarships worth over £4,000 (Taka 400,000) to some 85 students. The grants are made only on the basis of need, irrespective of creed - Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian. There is no sexual, religious or political discrimination when making the grants. One of the few requirement is that parents of the girls are asked to give an assurance that they will not commitment them in marriage. The Emergers put in place an assessment and progress system for each student. In addition to the grants they opened a room where the students held weekly meetings and they were supported with activities like computer training and English language teaching. This continues up to the present day.
In 2002 Emergers combined with other professionals who were involved in promoting better nursing care to form the Afzalunnessa Foundation. This Foundation gained a Certificate of Registration of Societies. This is the equivalent in Bangladesh of being a charity. The registration number is S-3006(519)/2002.
‘Children in Bangladesh’ is at present involved in supporting three groups of children through the Afzalunnessa Foundation and also through the Rotary Clubs, including the Rotary Club of Wrexham Erddig and the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Dhaka.
Form and University Education in Dhaka.
Nineteenstudents in Dhaka city are being sponsored for either sixth form or university education.
Primary School Children
in the City of Dhaka.
The Basti School was set up in 2003 on a site occupied by slum dwellers to provide basic education in reading and writing to some 50 slum children. In 2007 there were nearly 200 attending this school. There are plans to open another school if a secure site can be found.
in the Hill Tracts.
In 2002 the group was asked to help 8 children living in the hill tracts. There are three Hill Tract areas in the southeast where the Mongoloid tribal people have been increasingly displaced from their tribal lands. Visits were made by the group to the Moanoghar Children’s Home in Rangapani, just outside Rangamati. This is a residential secondary school for some 250 girls and 400 boys. These children are usually not true orphans but have a parent, often a mother, who has become unable to afford to look after them. The charity is helping by sponsoring some 53 children with basis essentials, funding a farm development to improve nutrition and developing plans to improve the toilets, library and teaching facilities with equipment such as sewing machines and computers.
A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY GOES
A LONG WAY IN BANGLADESH
For example 1 chicken costs 30p which will produce an egg that costs 2p; 1 goat costs £3. The cost of schooling for a 16 year old for "A" level studies: lessons, books, biro, candle to work by, all for about £12 per month. In the Moanoghar Children’s’ home the government provides the salaries for the teaching staff. The cost of accommodation, basic food, clothing and books for a student is about £120 per year.
PENNY BENEFITS CHILDREN
Children in Bangladesh is not a large charity and does not have any paid staff and it is able to send every penny to the benefit of individual children who will hopefully work to benefit future generations.
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