“If you want something from your guardians, society or anyone then it really helps to talk. There is no alternative. If you can’t engage in conversation then you will not get anything and instead you may lose everything.
I was married at the age of 12, I could not argue. I was pregnant at the age of 15, something I didn’t want, and after the death of my husband, my mother- in-law threw me out of the house, which I also could not prevent. Eventually, I joined The Sreepur Village and over the past two years, they have gradually been encouraging me to talk. The Sreepur Village has given me courage, and has helped me with content and context so that I can speak in front of people. Ultimately, The Sreepur Village has given me my language and here I have learned how to be confident and speak up for myself.
My confidence in public speaking, however, developed via a different route. I am a “Leader Mother” who, as part of women empowerment is a supportive mother who helps and supports the other mothers in understanding and operating their activities. I also help The Sreepur Village’s school team. I am also a member of The Sreepur Village’s Mothers Association where I take part in a wide range of cultural and social activities like reciting poems and reading articles for different programmes.
Basically, the confidence of my public speaking has grown from the admiration of The Sreepur Village. From the staff to the mothers, everybody in the Village honours me. The Sreepur Village encourages conversation and provides many options in which to fulfil it. Through different training programmes, I now know how to be aware of my rights and claim them. The power of speaking has helped me to reach this position. Later on, it will help me to lead a better life.”
It is lovely to hear these words confidently spoken by Rehana, one of The Sreepur Village mothers who joined us at the beginning of April 2016.
As Jean de la Bruyere said: The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
The Sreepur Village strongly believes in empowering women so their voices can be heard and respected. With the art of human conversation comes confidence and with that the women of The Sreepur Village can start to build a better life for themselves.
The 15th August is a significant day in Bangladesh as it is also National Mourning Day. In the Sreepur Village, the day's activities commenced with the students performing poetry and then gifts were distributed amongst all the children.
On Monday the #SwimSafe schemes commenced once again in The Sreepur Village. They are run by a team from the CIPRB (Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh) who, along with assistance from the British RNLI, have devised learn to swim schemes that are run in both rural and urban areas in Bangladesh