“The Sreepur Village (Shishu Polli Plus/ SPP) is my first job and I have gathered all of my central experiences here. I have been working here since 2nd February 2013; and I really couldn’t believe it when I passed my five year anniversary with SPP earlier this year. Even today I can recall my first couple of months. I found it difficult to adjust to be so far away from my home, family and friends and to get used to working, etc . My first thought during my induction was that there were so many children’s smiling faces.
Even though my main role is as an Occupational Therapist I also have the opportunity to work within psychology and also I get involved in the clinical side. My role so is varied and interesting.
I am so grateful to my first supervisor, Rubina, she said spend time with mothers and the children, and you will find yourself your work. She was a very talented woman.
I am now responsible for building up a rehabilitation plan for the mothers and their children. Now I have passed more than five years working here I feel that the mothers and children have some inbuilt magic that charms me to continue my work with them and to act as a key motivator.
I have also learned many life experiences from the Sreepur Family of more than 500 people; their life styles and challenges have helped me to be grateful for what I have and I am also thankful towards them for allowing me to work with them.
At the moment I lead a big MDT (multi-discipline team of 18 members), each person contributes their own skills and knowledge to enrich the mothers rehabilitation plan.
In the future our target is to emphasis our services on the reintegration phase and to have more links with our social services to help us increase our success rate.
Finally I wish a long and happy future to Shishu Polli Plus and to continue to help more destitute mothers and their children and to contribute to reduce the poverty level of Bangladesh. Best of Luck SPP.”
You can help Shamima with the rehabilitation of our mothers and children by donating just £10 today
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.