on 12/7/13 @ 1PM, Time: 1PM-6PM
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:00pm
Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 W Ox Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
Come help a great cause while enjoying a cultural show with Tagore music and recitals, marveling at the richness of Bengali Pop music, feasting on Bangladeshi cuisine, letting your experiences transcend all physical and cultural boundaries to put you, yes you in Bangladesh, itself. Thanks.
For event tickets, please contact:
Georgia Tarafder: 703-926-7666
Towhidul Haque: 571-265-9482
Sahana Farid: 703-304-2183
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/183955638448451/?notif_t=plan_user_joined#!/events/183955638448451/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
What exactly does Spreeha do?
Spreeha provides healthcare, education and job placement training services so that people of slums can take an active part in breaking the cycle of poverty.
What exactly are the slums and slum conditions?
Bangladesh, with a population of 147.4 million is one of the poorest countries in the world; with an estimated 3.4 million people live in some 5000 slums of its capital city, Dhaka. In 2010, the population of the city of Dhaka has been projected at 17.6 million people, with up to 60% in the slums.
Slums are heavily populated in urban areas characterized by poverty and substandard housing. A survey of 100 household represented a total 511 people reveals that habitation in the slums was due to economic migration in 93%. Subjects had 296 children, 89 of whom died. Protein consumption was scarce. 81% had no schooling. Contraception was used by 68%. Acute and chronic health conditions were reported. Work was mainly in the service sector, household income was 56.4 USD/month.
Residents of slums do not have access to affordable or free health care services. In addition, lack of economic resources, information, and assistance prevents them from using private facilities. The densely populated living condition increases the chance of infectious disease outbreaks, thereby increasing mortality rates, reducing productivity, and increasing poverty. To address these issues, Spreeha offers the following services:
· Provide access to physicians, medication, and education to improve general health
· Offer prenatal and postnatal care services to females
· Offer immunization and child health education programs to parents with young children
· Offer special health programs
· Offer family planning services to adult married couples
· Health Clinic
· Door-to-door health service
· Prenatal care
· Postnatal care
· Malnutrition prevention
One of the major issues contributing to poverty is the lack of access to education for underprivileged communities. Many underprivileged children ages 3-5 are left in unsafe environments while parents leave for work. These children do not acquire the adequate skills to start primary education at the age of 5. Even for those who make it, the dropout rate of primary school children is extremely high.
According to the World Bank, early childhood development programs benefit disadvantaged families more by reducing dropout rates, improving cognitive development and school achievement, and reducing social inequality.
In addition, studies conducted by the US-based National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) show that early childhood program increases educational attainment later in school and decreases economic and educational inequality.
In order to break the cycle of poverty in the future, it is essential for these children to have access to programs that can enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing, and establish a safe environment to develop strong cognitive skills so that they are prepared to start primary education.
To provide access to education for these underprivileged children, Spreeha offers the following services:
· Pre-school programs for children ages 3-5
· After-school tutorial support for children ages 6-14
· 3-5-year-old children
· Provide early education
· Learn through play
· Prepare for mainstream primary education
· 5+-year-old children
· Tutoring support
· Reduce dropout
· Placement to mainstream school
One of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty is to provide appropriate training and consultation preparing the poor to compete in current market conditions. Also adolescent girls in poverty-stricken areas have higher probabilities of dropping out of school, entering into marriage early and having children. Spreeha offers the following services to create awareness among this group about their rights, responsibilities, and opportunities:
· Adolescent girls' clubs to educate them on the necessary awareness of their rights & responsibilities
· Skills training and support to compete in current market conditions
Adolescent Girls Club
· 8-14-year-old girls
· Educate about rights
· Skill development for job placement
· 15-45-year-old women
· Vocational training for job placement