A JOURNEY TOGETHER
We work directly with local communities in the urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The opportunities for comprehensive education are provided to children, along with the long term sustainable development of their communities.
Our aim is to educate underprivileged children living in slums of Dhaka by providing them with comprehensive education facilities. The main obstacle comes from the fact that most children drop out from school at an early age mainly because they are frequently involved in contributing to their family income. To overcome this problem, we provide free healthcare for all family members of the sponsored children and introduced a family support scheme, both of which provide huge incentives for parents to keep their children in full time education. The system is a great success, reducing school drop outs significantly.
OUR WORK REACHES INTO KEY AREAS OF LIFE IN DHAKA’S SLUMS TO CREATE BETTER LIFE CHANCES FOR MORE PEOPLE THAN JUST THE STUDENTS WE SPONSOR.
Explore all that we do. Education is just the start of it…
*Providing comprehensive education enables outstanding results from our sponsored children.
*We provide free healthcare facilities for all families of sponsored children, not just the children themselves.
*We work towards a world where disabled people are given the same opportunities to fulfill their ambitions as everyone else.
*We support families in crisis through our far-reaching community development projects. .
*We help by providing home support and coaching throughout the year to all sponsored children.
Explore how the wide variety of our work transforms the opportunities of those living in the communities we serve.
My father works as a sales person in a small company. His take-home income is too little to manage my education expenses after maintaining all our family needs. We are living in poverty, and at times we go to bed hungry. Now that I have received sponsorship from Children’s Hope it means I do not have to worry about my education. I feel I need additional tuition and already CH has given me hope to have my own coaching opportunity.
Children’s Hope (CH) established Support Services to run project activities through sponsorship program; Referred Person (RP) is one of them. When a student is enlisted as a sponsored child, they are automatically allocated to a RP who works in close contact with the student. RP works as a mentor for the student.
I am Mobina, currently a student at Higher Secondary School. I received sponsorship in 2009 when I was a student in class six. I am so grateful for the regular meetings that I have with my RP. These meetings enabled me to speak freely about any issue regarding my education or personal matters. RP support provides every single aspect of CH activity and fulfils my sponsorship demands.
Hi, I am Kajal; I received my sponsorship in 2009 when I was a student of class VIII. I am now a candidate for the Higher National Certificate exams. However, I could not produce good results in some of my pre-exam tests. I felt depressed and did not know what to do. My parents were not in a position to provide me with additional tuition to overcome my weakness on certain subjects. Children’s Hope then put me under Vulnerable Students’ Support Scheme and I now receive specialised coaching until my major exams start. As a student of vulnerable support scheme, I also receive other educational support such as regular counselling. Receive this invaluable coaching support has been pivotal for me to feel confident and to appear for these important college exams.
Liz was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and speech delay from birth. Recently she developed convulsions and was admitted to the local children's hospital immediately as organised by CH doctor.
CT scans of her brain showed that she had developed generalises cerebral Atrophy. Liz received immediate treatment and was put on expensive medication, which is also provided by Children’s Hope on a monthly bases.
Children’s Hope Acute Care service enabled Liz to be diagnosed and treated without delay, this is important to minimise further health complications.
I cannot express how grateful I am to the acute care action of Children’s Hope health care program.
I’m Aysha Akter Turna. I embarked on Children’s Hope (CH) sponsorship program in 2009 when I was in class VII. From my childhood, I had a dream to become a doctor. But I was born in a very poor family and my parents could not send me to an appropriate school. This was until Children’s Hope came to my life, and I soon found hope and confidence to fulfil my dream.
With the help of the comprehensive education program, today I am a medical student at Mymensing Medical College. I live at the medical college campus, this became possible because of the non-residence facility of Children’s Hope Education option, which enabled me to live and study outside home. My family is not able to bear the extra cost of my accommodation and food incurred due to living on site.
In addition to my monthly residential cost, I also receive from Children's Hope the full education expenses as a medical student.
When I enlisted as a sponsor child of CH my father become financially relaxed about the continuation of my education in school. My father couldn’t pay my school tuitions regularly because he is the only bread earner at home and his income was not adequate. Now I feel comfortable that CH has come to me and I hope that this support will continue throughout my education.
I also have a health problem – I have a tumour in my mouth which has been there for many years but I could not get treatment due to lack of money, as a result it has been getting bigger in size. Being a sponsored child of Children’s Hope I and my family now receive family healthcare and I have already started to receive Medicare to treat my tumour.
I want to be an Engineer, and I now have the confidence to fulfil my ambition because Children's Hope will support me throughout my education.
Lubna always wanted to be an accountant. She received her sponsorship at a crucial time when her father, who was the only household earner, passed away. The family had no choice but to migrate to their village home, leaving behind Lubna at her relative's house when she was only 12 years old. Through her sponsorship she not only received financial support, but more importantly psychological support from Children’s Hope support services.
Lubna successfully finished school and college education and finally completed her graduation with a first class in Business Studies, all with the help of the sponsorship program. Children's Hope sponsorship program also enabled her to secure a placement at a Chartered Accountancy firm KPMG. There she has done well, finishing all in-service courses successfully and within a year she is expected to be a bona-fide Chartered Accountant, which is her ultimate career destination point.
"From an early age I have been involved in contributing to the overall family income whilst simultaneously continuing my school education. Managing both tasks was not easy. This was when Children's Hope came forward and sponsored me at the age of 13. Sponsorship has removed a huge burden from my shoulders because the organization was not only supporting my education cost, but also helping my family, both in terms of total healthcare as well as other support. With the help of Children’s Hope education support, for about 11 years, I have successfully completed my school, college and university education. Following my graduation in finance I was seeking a suitable employment, once again Children’s Hope was there for me to help me take another step in my career development. Children’s Hope found employment for me as a Development Officer at a local industry. I have been working there for the last 11 years and gradually I have been promoted to managerial level. I now earn enough money and my family are all well off as a result. Today I have stamped out poverty from our daily life and Children’s Hope has been the catalyst for my success." Shahadat Hossain
From the confines of a tiny tea stall, Shamsuddin long dreamed of setting up something bigger; a corner grocery shop to provide more security for the future of his disabled child, Rabuil, and to fund a move away from the slum dwelling without electricity in which he and his family of six lived in. But he never managed to get very far due to lack of available finance. Children’s Hope, who had provided nutrition, healthcare and other assistance to Rabuil in the past, awarded him a further grant of US$257 (£210) towards his total investment, which has at last enabled him to set up the shop. Soon his business started to generate the extra cash needed to relocate his family to more secure accommodation, where there is more room and the roof doesn’t leak in the monsoon.
Mohammad Shirajul Islam is the father of sponsored child Soma Islam, now 19, he is the only wage earner in his family of five. When she was 15, he was running a tea stall when, without warning or compensation, the local authority bulldozed his and other roadside small businesses to make way for new road construction works. Overnight his business and stock were wiped out and he found himself without any income for his family. Under the hardship criteria he received US$580 (£470) as a sustainable grant to set up a fresh tea stall. This fast track response in providing financial support was very welcome – it meant he could set up the new stall in a safer place and make good profits from the stall in order to help his family with the minimum of disruption to their lives.