To mark the start of International School Library month, we asked one of our children in The Sreepur Village to tell us what she thought about the school library and we also asked one of our mothers to tell us how the literacy classes have helped to change her life.
Ripa is in grade two at The Sreepur Village School and she said, “For me a library is a place where books are kept for reading, it’s a store house of books and is part and parcel of a school. The school library is very peaceful and there are many books to choose from. I have read around 70 books in this library and my favourite is The Beneficial Egret. I believe I can learn many things from my school library which will also help me in later life. I can learn about other countries which will help to change my perception about the world. I think having a library can help to grow my mind. When I feel sad, I visit the library and quietly read a book. I am able to read many stories which I often re-tell to my mother. I love my school library because it makes me happy.”
Lota Banu enrolled in literacy classes at The Sreepur Village and she told us that these classes were life-saving because she has been able to learn many new things such as counting, reading, writing and other essential things needed in everyday life. “I think the literacy classes are important for enabling independence. Now I can read and write and I feel proud of myself. My father was a farmer which was why I never went to school during my childhood, but now I am in literacy school I think education will change my life.
The Sreepur Village provides a home, a community and life-saving services to women and children from Bangladesh’s poorest communities. By empowering women with education and the skills they need to find work, The Sreepur Village gives families hope for a brighter future.
Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.