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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As it is #NutritionMonth and #youcancareweek would you like to see what snacks The Sreepur Village provides the children during school times?
Living in a remote village in Bangladesh’s Sunamgaj District, Runu Bala struggled to feed her three children. Without land and living near to Tanguar Haor - a large wetland area in North-Eastern Bangladesh that gets flooded for five to six months of the year - it was hard for Runu to grow vegetables or other crops. Vegetables are an essential source of nutrition for a sound and healthy body, but in Bangladesh, two out of every three children born are underweight due to malnutrition.
In Bangladesh, many mothers, like Runu, don't have enough land to cultivate vegetables conventionally. Sack gardening does not require much space and a variety of vegetables can be grown according to need and taste. The bags are also easy to move, which is important for families living on 'char' lands (River Island) and riverbanks, who are often forced to move as their villages become flooded. The large majority of our mothers are from the Char area.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, the mothers’ association of the Sreepur Village arranged a cultural programme and led a discussion which focussed on this year’s theme of #PressforProgress. It was an opportunity for the Sreepur mothers to celebrate womanhood in all its form and during the two-hour long discussion, the mothers primarily discussed the importance of self-reliance, training and development, they also thanked The Sreepur Village for supporting them and their children.