Yesterday, The Sreepur Village celebrated Victory Day, the most precious day of the Bangalee (Bangladeshi) people as this was the day their country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 after a nine-month long bloodstained War of Liberation.
Every Year, The Sreepur Village celebrates this memorable day by hosting a series of colorful events.
In the morning, as part of the day's celebrations, The Sreepur Village’s Cub Scout team attended the National Victory Day programme that was being held at Sreepur upazila (sub-district) and we are proud to say our cub team came second place.
In the afternoon, the children and mothers watched a movie named “Aguner Prosmoni” and then all the children competed in an art competition at The Sreepur Village campus.
Finally, a discussion on the war of liberation and a prize giving ceremony was held and it was well attended by all members of staff, our mothers and their children.
We asked some of our beneficiaries to tell us what Victory Day means to them, and here is what they said:
“I am Rina, I read in class two at Shishu Polli Plus (The Sreepur Village) School. I think victory means freedom of joy, I feel free now.”
“I am Manik and I read in class five. In my perspective I think victory means happiness. I feel proud for our country. I love my country.”
Meherunesa, one of our mothers said, “Victory Day means we can tell people this is our country, and this land is ours, we have some freedom. No one can stop our freedom.”
The Sreepur Village strongly believes that poverty should not separate children from their mothers and, in doing so, provides more families with a place they can call home and teaches them life-saving skills that will empower them to a future of independence.
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.