Today (Monday February 27th 2017) marks the beginning of an unique distribution for Sleeping Children Around the World and its Overseas Volunteer Partner.
In July 2016, the Canadian Government issued a warning regarding “non-essential” travel to Bangladesh. It strongly advised travellers not to visit the country in light of a recent tragic attack on foreign nationals.
To date, as that advisory has not been lifted, the Canadian SCAW team has been unable to team up with the Rotary Club of Dhaka to work together distributing 6,000 bedkits to needy Bangladeshi children.
The original schedule would have had the distribution start in November 2016, and in the lead-up to that date the hope from everyone was that the advisory would have changed. It did not and it became apparent that a new date would have to be decided upon, and that became February 2017.
The children were selected, the bedkits manufactured and in storage, the distribution sites organised: all this being efficiently organised by the willing volunteers of the Rotary Club of Dhaka under the leadership of Bayezidur Rahman.
With the inability of the SCAW team to travel, the duties they would normally have carried out are now being undertaken by the Rotary team. They have embraced the challenge with such enthusiasm and confidence, it’s heartwarming!
With daily communication between Bangladesh and Sleeping Children here, together we will work though this unique opportunity and bring about the desired result...6,000 smiling children with bedkits.
Today the Overseas Volunteer Partner team of Bayezidur Rahman, Mohammad Khaliquzzaman, Ranjan Neogi, RI Rowly, and Masud Alam (with countless other volunteers) started the distribution off in grand style with 680 bedkits given out in Rowmari, in the far north of Bangladesh.
These children come from one the poorest areas of the country, living mostly on “islands” in the Brahmaputra River, where season flooding periodically destroys those islands and creates new ones. These young children would have seen their homes destroyed at least twice in their young lives.
Our thanks go to the Rotary Dhaka, and all the SCAW donors, for bringing some hope and improvement to the children of this area of Bangladesh.
Chris Hill, Team Leader connected by SKYPE to Rotary Club of Dhaka.Team Bangladesh 2017
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