Within the BanglaKids child sponsorship program, ADRA collaborates with an established network of Christian schools in Bangladesh via BCSS (Bangladesh Children’s Sponsorship Services). BCSS have provided disadvantaged children from poor Bangladeshi families with education since 1972. They are professionals in children education and therefore, children’s needs are met in the best possible and culturally sensitive way.
BCSS provides primary and secondary education to approximately 3,000 children at 151 village schools, seven boarding schools, and several city schools. One of the boarding schools offers higher education with the possibility to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Our program gives the opportunity to support children at 7 boarding schools, 20 village schools, and one city school. We are currently helping more than 1,100 children.
Those Bangladeshi children, who attend village schools, leave their homes in the morning for schools where they learn and get a lunch. After classes are over, they go back home to help their parents with housework. Usually, they look after their younger siblings and domestic animals. For example, they take cows or goats to pasture, or feed duck and chicken. With their parents and grandparents, children usually live in huts made of clay, straw, bamboo or metal plates. In their free time, children like to read. Girls play with their dolls or skipping ropes, and boys play football, cricket, or traditional games.
Children attending boarding schools get up early in the morning. They eat breakfast and then go to school, where they have classes. After classes, they have a lunch and a short break. In the afternoon, they do various chores. They help in the canteen, work in the school garden, do the cleaning, take care of the flowerbeds, feed the farm animals, etc. Every child is responsible for something particular. When their chores are over, they have free time to chat with friends, read, or study. After dinner, they usually prepare for the next day at school.
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