Every three months a group of our mothers from Sreepur Village go to visit the Half-way House (pre-rehabilitation centre) as a part of our community rehabilitation strategy.
Last week, some of our mothers took a trip out to the Half-way House and into the local community. They are using this as an experience to help them start their new lives and are accompanied by one of our staff from the Village – practising and getting used to visiting the wider community. For this trip, they were out shopping to buy family necessities, crockery and food. They went to the nearby market for grocery shopping. The mothers work together to do their shopping and as a group they learn how to choose products, work out the cost and manage their money.
The mothers had a wonderful day and hugely enjoyed their experience at the market – all returning to the Village with smiling faces!!
Over 800,000 Rohingya refugees are now living in the southern most districts of Bangladesh. Since the end of August over 600,000 people have crossed the border, having fled the violence in Myanmar. The majority of the new arrivals live in crowded makeshift settlements and there are no words to describe their sufferings, particularly the conditions of the women and children. In such a humanitarian crisis, we all need to help.
At the beginning of October, the Sreepur Village team, led by Pat, visited the Rohingya refugee camps and decided to produce sanitary products for the women and nappies for the babies. According to Pat, these products are essential to the women and children as they face the harsh reality of life in the makeshift settlements. With the help of the Sreepur women and children, we were able to produce 4700 sanitary towels and 1600 nappies.