The Little Pea

An expectant mother’s view

Sarka Hejnakova, the unofficial Miss Congeniality of the humanitarian organization ADRA, familiarly called Sarus, has been the coordinator of the BanglaKids program since 2007. From that time on, thousands of Bangladeshi children have “passed through” her hands and hundreds of their mostly Czech “adoptive” parents have appreciated the communication with her. By the beginning of July, she is to become a mother herself. For the first time. Her colleagues Jan, Anna and Kamil talked with her about what it is like to take care of children abroad and look forward to having a baby of one’s own.

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Teddy Bears on Their Way to Kids in Bangladesh

Part 6: The earthquake and meeting the children

The rainy season starts in Bangladesh. It’s hot (over 30°C/86°F) but rain is lowering the temperature nicely. We thanked our colleagues for “ordering” European weather. :-) Our boss traveled for two weeks and visited many schools, while we frolicked in our room in Dhaka. The building shook a bit last Saturday. As we found out later, it happened because of an earthquake in Nepal. Nobody got hurt here in Dhaka…

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Celebrations of the Bengali New Year

শুভ নববর্ষ (Shubhô Nôbobôrsho) or ‘Happy new year!’ in Bengali

On April 14 the whole Bangladesh celebrates the Bengali New Year – it will be the year 1422 this year. Why so? And what do the celebrations look like?

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Teddy Bears on Their Way to Kids in Bangladesh

Part 5: The teddies are arriving to Bangladesh

Here we go! Kamil had us over later this week. We had a nice chat with his lovely wife and slept in a rocking chair. We liked that a lot. :-) Next day we jumped into a special vacuum sleeping bag to keep ourselves warm on the trip. Everyone except our brother Cuddles fit in. Being a big teddy though, he won’t mind traveling without a sleeping bag. We pack, we load, we say goodbye, and we cry a little… Our trip goes this way: Prague – Istanbul – Dhaka. 

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Teddy Bears on Their Way to Kids in Bangladesh

Part 4: Preparing for the long journey (April 2015)

Our hopes are high. The situation in Bangladesh grew calmer. We can’t wait. Our teddies are in good shape: they have enough to eat; they sleep, play together, and help the BanglaKids team. In the evenings, they look at children’s pictures, and at nights, they dream about the faraway land. In a couple of days, they’ll set out on a long journey: Prague – Istanbul – Dhaka – Koligram – children! :-) We’re so excited!

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Since 1999 we have provided education to 6,500 children in Bangladesh.
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