On February 21, 1952, students of the University of Dhaka launched a nationwide protest against accepting Urdu as the nation’s official language. That peaceful protest eventually led to several human losses. In order to recognise and honour this heroic act, the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) declared in 1999 that February 21 would be International Mother Language Day.
It is a day of worldwide observance aimed at promoting multilingualism and awareness of both cultural and linguistic diversity and every year The Sreepur Village marks this memorable day with a series of activities.
This year's daylong programme started with the hoisting of the national flag, followed by a cultural programme, a drawing competition and an open discussion.
All our mothers and their children along with every member of staff carried flowers in their hands and paid their respects to the language martyrs of 1952.
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: