Extreme poverty leads to family breakdown and in Bangladesh many young boys run away from home and travel enormous distances riding on train carriage links or on the roof. Many end up in Dhaka and are exploited by working from dawn to dusk for roadside street vendors. Recently some of the older boys have been glue sniffing using a strong toxic glue that can be bought very cheap from shoe menders.
The railway drop in centre run by Sreepur gives support and basic education to these vulnerable children.
One young boy, Azful , was a regular visitor and keen to learn but earlier this year he found out how dangerous life on the rails could be. He had seen some glue sniffers with their strange plastic bags and as a bright, curious child he decided to give it a go. A little later while riding the carriage link not far from our drop in centre the glue took effect and he fell under the train with the loss of his left arm. It is possible that the glue acted as an anaesthetic but he was actually able to plead with bystanders to get someone from the drop in centre. Amazingly our staff got there in time to restrict the bleeding and get him to hospital. It will take some time to recover from the trauma but he has an opportunity to rebuild his life with support from the Sreepur Project.
A typical young train rider
Azfal busy at the drop in centre
Hospital after the accident
Azful is just one of many destitute and vulnerable people supported by the Sreepur Project
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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.