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.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication.
At Sreepur we do not have an art therapist but we do have a resident artist, Milon, who often teaches therapeutic art in his classes as the majority of children that come to live at Sreepur have witnessed or been part of a traumatic experience.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.