Yesterday, The Sreepur village marked literacy day with cultural activities and an awarded ceremony.
This year the global theme was 'Literacy and Multilingualism’. All of the mothers that come to live in The Sreepur Village are from Bangladesh’s rural areas and the vast majority have never had an education. As we focus heavily on empowering women and educating children for the future, we believe every one should be given the opportunity.
When the mothers arrive at The Sreepur Village they participate in a number of training schemes one of which is our literacy Program. The mothers are divided into seven classes and are taught the means of communication and how to read and write.
In December 2018, 118 Mothers were included in the literacy program, 15 mothers enrolled in education in Open Universities in Bangladesh, and one mother took part in JSC Examinations.
Milu, one of our mothers, couldn’t write her name before she came to The Sreepur Village, but now she can read and write. She also told us that she can now calculate her daily expenses.
Nur Banu, another mother, told us that after her marriage she wasn’t able to continue her studies. Now she is at The Sreepur village, she is going to school and takes exams. She is very hopeful for her success. She wants to be a lawyer so she can help poor people like herself.
As Marian Wright Edelman says, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“
The Sreepur Village continues to improve the lives of more than 150 vulnerable mothers and 450 children so that after three years they can return to their communities empowered with the knowledge that they can independently support themselves and their families.
As The Sreepur Village has protective measures in place to welcome new families during the Covid pandemic, we would like to share with you a story of why these mothers are in desperate need of our shelter, food and care.
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: