OUR ACTION IN BANGLADESH
with street children (depuis 2001)
In Bangladesh, several hundred thousand children live in the streets. Orphaned, abandoned or abused, they are parentless and are left to cope for themselves. Most of them have lost all ties with their community, they have no recognized social existence, they are despised by the population and exploited by the mobs. If they stay in the street their life expectancy does not exceed 25.
Others have a family but live in the slums. Their parents, too poor, can’t support them nor send them to school. They have no choice but work or beg.
Maer Achol shelter and Shukhy Ghar
In 2001 Partenaires opened a shelter for street children in Mirpur on the outskirts of Dhaka. The first wards called the place Maer Achol which, in Bangla, refers to the fold of the sari where mothers hold their babies.
Today it welcomes, accommodates, looks after, educates and trains 290 children and teenagers. In 2012 Street Children’s Partners bought a hostel for the oldest male boarders, who named it Shukhi Ghar ‘the house of happiness’.
75 out of 290 beneficiaries call Maer Achol or Shukhi Ghar their home.
215 other children live with their families in the neighbouring slums.
Moments of life in the Shelter>
More about shukhi Ghar >
What we provide:
• A secure accommodation.
• Three square meals a day (in the street they ate only what they found)..
• Hygiene (clothes and showers), drinking water (unsafe water is the leading cause of death in the world).
• Medical care (infirmary on the premises and medical follow-ups in partner hospitals )
• Education: they are taught how to read, write and count as well as basic English and IT so that they can join the local public schools. Most of them will complete secondary education, others will choose apprenticeship.
• Vocational training leading to employment then two years of individual follow-up.
• A peaceful and respectful environment so that, even though they once led unruly lives in the streets, they can integrate smoothly into adulthood and working life.
• Children identified by our street educator.
•Children brought by their deprived parents living in the neighbouring slums.
Today over 260 boys and girls aged 6 to 18 are welcomed at the shelter, around 160 come every morning to study,( be fed) and go back home in the evening while 65 others, totally parentless, live day and night at Maer Achol where our devoted staff members take care of them.
The trainings of our children and teenager
Primary school and secondary school in UCEP
Sweeing and embroidery
The shelter staff member
There are 24 qualified staff members: director, counsellor, accountant, teachers(regularly taking part in training courses), psychologist, educators, night supervisors, cooks, cleaners and guard.
Regularly volunteers contribute their expertise. Discover Jeff’s testimony. He prepared and installed two IT rooms together with two older wards.
Our patronage system:
Patronage, in our organisation, functions collectively, so as to help all children equally and give each of them the same chances to build a future for themselves. This system allows your patronage to concur to a fair and participatory project.
Thanks to the biannual letters, our patrons are regularly informed about life at the foster home, which allows them to partake in the children’s experiences, their joys ant their worries, and to follow the activities that pace their lives.