Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wade in the Water Children

Wade in the Water Children

In Northwestern Bangladesh, there is a boat floating down the river alongside rural villages and bathing bodies. On this boat, one of 20, what once was stopped has continued, education. Annual flooding in Bangladesh keeps hundreds of thousands of student out of school, interrupting the education they need for a better life. However, thanks to Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, thousands of children have the chance to continue their education all school year long. This non-profit organization recognizes how important education is and looks at the rivers that run alongside Bangladeshi banks as an opportunity. If children cannot reach the school and then the school will come to the children.

As I start my second week here at Femi Memorial Outreach Fund, I cannot help to find the similarities between these floating schools in Northwestern Bangladesh and our organization. We both strive to help children achieve academic success in environments that aren’t exactly conducive to learning. Whether it is 12 feet of water or the risk of being caught in the crossfire of gang violence, nothing should keep a child from the education that they so desperately want and need.

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