Yesterday, The Sreepur village celebrated Victory Day (Bijoy Dibos) which begun with the national flag proudly waiving high above the school campus.
As part of the day's celebrations, the Sreepur Village’s Cub Scout team attended the National Victory Day programme that was being held at Sreepur upazila (sub-district) and out of the 25 teams in the sub-district level, the Sreepur Team won 2nd prize for their ‘Parade Display’.
A number of other activities were also taking place at The Sreepur Village, like an art competition. Runa Akhter, a child in grade two, participated in this competition and explained to us, “In my art I portray our (my) victory. I think victory means win. Now we have freedom to do anything, it is our country. I love my country.”
A war movie entitled ‘Shamol Chaya” was also available for the children to watch, and finally in the afternoon, a drawing competition was also held which ended with a prize giving ceremony.
Celebrations were not only limited to The Sreepur Village, Bangladesh. With the support of The Bangla Scott Trust, local communities in Edinburgh came together to support The Sreepur Village in a memorable Victory Day event. This was a great opportunity for people to see some of the creations made by the women of The Sreepur Village Outreach Project, as well as to sample a number of Bangladeshi treats. Local press and MP Deidre Brock were all keen to learn how one person has, over the last 29 years, helped to change the lives of thousands and thousands of impoverished women and their children.
We are really grateful to the support of The Bangla Trust and to all those who attended this vibrant event as it is with the support of others that more vulnerable women in The Sreepur Village are able to provide their families with hope for a brighter future.
Until Monday, we were unable to admit any new families to The Sreepur Village, but as identified cases of the virus are increasing daily, we are now able to safely admit some impoverished families who are in desperate need of shelter, food and care.
As Small Charities and Volunteers’ Week both fall in June, one of our long-standing supporters, Andy Bennett, has kindly offered to share with us her experiences with The Sreepur Village charity from the initial concept in the 1980’s to the current village today, which helps keep together 150 impoverished mothers and their 300 children, empowering families with hope for a brighter future: