At regular intervals, and for three months, a group (12-15) of our mothers and their families move to a rehabilitation centre, known as the half-way house and as a reintegration step into the community. Earlier this month, 15 mothers went to the half-way house and the local community. They began their lives in a new and independent way.
The mothers are also currently completing their training in sewing, garment training, small business shop and bamboo weaving and various other training schemes. We recruit our mothers in such training schemes so that they can earn a livelihood immediately after leaving The Sreepur Village and completing their three-month period in the rehabilitation centre.
At the halfway house and within the community they are often faced with some challenges. They must manage their own money, supervise their children’s education, health, all of which The Sreepur Village provided whilst they were in their care. They have to buy family accessories, crockery and food. Although The Sreepur Village still provides them with this support, they still have to manage the day to day basics because after three months they will have to rely solely on themselves.
We talked with two of our mothers about their futures.
Rubina, alongside her three children, joined us in 2015 from a north-western district of Bangladesh. Her three children Rohim, in grade IV, Shani in grade I, and Molina who completed her SSC (Secondary School Certificate) board examination. Regarding her future, Rubina says, “There are many reasons why I came here. I don’t want to say. I do not have time to look back. However, I am here in The Sreepur Village and for the last three years, I have been attending training schemes for sewing, tailoring, bamboo weaving and other activities. I have three months in the halfway house to prepare for the struggle of livelihood. My initial plan is to start a small tailoring shop and to start livestock rearing.”
Mukuli was also welcomed here at the end of 2015. Her husband is crippled. Her three children Minhaj, Mridul and Shafiul are in primary school. She says, “In The Sreepur Village, I have received different types of training such as tailoring, tailoring business, candle making, puffed rice and livestock rearing. I plan to set up a candle making business and start livestock rearing. My boys are so little, their father is not able to earn. For them to grow and lead my own life, I have a lot to manage.”
The Sreepur Village provides training in many areas so that mothers like Rubina and Mukuli can move on and support their families and provide them with shelter, education and care. Empowering these women means they can say goodbye to poverty and fear and work towards a future full of security and happiness.
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To coincide with Drowning Prevention Week on June 14, The Sreepur Village, Bangladesh would like to highlight the importance of its #SwimSafe Campaign this summer.