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Update on work with Savar building collapse victims
We have focussed on supporting (fostering) children with extended family members after they lost a mother or other carer in the Savar tragedy.
The team have met with 110 people and the social worker is arranging meetings with a further 25. We have started helping 19 children and 2 of them are not traceable at present so we are only directly helping 17 children. If the children are small the families are getting 1,000 taka a month and children over class 5 are getting 1,500 from us. Small amounts of money but it enables us to keep in touch and to make sure the children go to school.
The team are also helping them set up phone banking accounts so that any monies they receive will be easy for them to manage. There seem to be few mother who lost a breadwinner (high proportion of female workers) in the collapse and those that can prove that happened are receiving financial support so so far we have not had any mothers with children who want to come here.
Bangladesh (Shishu Polli Plus)
The UK based 'Sreepur Village, Bangladesh' funds and oversees 'Shishu Polli Plus' (translated as Childrens Village Plus) a small non-religious, non-political organisation based in Sreepur, rural Bangladesh. SPP works with destitute mothers and their children to give them the health, knowledge and skills they need to function independently in society. At the moment over 130 mothers and 540 children are supported by SPP. As a grass roots organisation we respond to local need and run other related programmes such as supporting vulnerable (eg trafficked or abandoned) children and fostering. We provide safety, a loving environment, food, clothing, education, and vocational training so that the people who come to us can look forward to independent lives in their communities.