On average, every day 46 children die due to drowning in Bangladesh with a yearly death toll around 17,000. 87 per cent of such deaths take place when vast areas of the country are submerged by flood waters. Most of the children of The Sreepur Village come from the Northern riverine districts of Bangladesh where their circumstances are very insecure. In a report by UNICEF it states that the cost of preventing drowning amongst children is no more expensive than preventing other diseases.
However, to avoid such premature deaths, The Sreepur Village takes steps in building awareness and most significantly swimming training for our children. At our Village we prepare a specially designed bamboo structure in the pond to teach swimming. Within the next week or so we are going to start training our children in a safe environment. The aim of this training is to teach the children the basic survival techniques required to stop them from drowning. We will give you some updates once this training starts.
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Over 800,000 Rohingya refugees are now living in the southern most districts of Bangladesh. Since the end of August over 600,000 people have crossed the border, having fled the violence in Myanmar. The majority of the new arrivals live in crowded makeshift settlements and there are no words to describe their sufferings, particularly the conditions of the women and children. In such a humanitarian crisis, we all need to help.
At the beginning of October, the Sreepur Village team, led by Pat, visited the Rohingya refugee camps and decided to produce sanitary products for the women and nappies for the babies. According to Pat, these products are essential to the women and children as they face the harsh reality of life in the makeshift settlements. With the help of the Sreepur women and children, we were able to produce 4700 sanitary towels and 1600 nappies.