SUPPORTING THE ORPHANS OF RAJSHAHI
Rajshahi is a city located in the west of Bangladesh. Though considered by many as a major commercial and industrial centre, often being referred to as ‘Silk City’, Rajshahi is characterised by its high levels of inequality and is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the country.
Presently, more than one third of the population live below the poverty line, with children often being among the groups that suffer most disproportionately – particularly those coming from homes where, at least, one of the principal income earners have passed away. In such instances, these children do not attend schooling as their families are unable to forego what little income can be brought in by their children, or are simply unable to afford sending them to school.
Without an education, these children are denied the opportunity to not only develop the skills that are needed to break the cycle of poverty gripping their lives, but to also enjoy other important life experiences. No child should ever be subjected to the hardships that have befallen the orphans of Rajshahi, which is what has motivated Global One to manage a sponsorship programme in the city, funded by Orphans in Need.
It is a programme that has been at the heart of Global One’s operations in Bangladesh not least because it encapsulates so many of the integral aspects of our organisation’s approach to sustainable development projects: working with the community, using education as a primary tool, to achieve long term outcomes that benefits society as a whole.