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Jul 5, 2020

Ensuring food for JAAGO students during Covid

Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid

According to statistics, 1 in 4 children don’t know when they will have the privilege to have their next meal. Nutritious food is essential for children in terms of their growth and development needs therefore, imagining the situation of the underprivileged children who are deprived from it is heartbreaking. At JAAGO Foundation, we believe that children need to be fed properly along with gaining proper education. Our students in the 11 schools all over Bangladesh not only receive quality education, but also nutritious meals every day for their physical and mental well being.  

In retrospect to the current situation of the world as a whole due to the effects of the Coronavirus or Covid-19, the marginalized communities are being affected the most. In a country like Bangladesh where most families depend on day to day income and live under the poverty line , it has become difficult for the lower income families to afford a meal a day. For the past three months, everything has been put to a halt. After the lockdown was initiated at the end of March, educational institutions have been closed down until further notice. This means that the students who would depend on the school’s food package for a healthy meal a day are now denied from it as a consequence of schools being shut down.

Everyone is in a place where the future seems unclear and most are hitting rock bottom. To combat the situation and give hope to the children in such times of despair, JAAGO Foundation provided relief packages to the families of the students which contained basic food necessities such as- rice, flour, pulse, potato, oil, salt, soap etc., so that the children and families themselves can survive during this catastrophic situation. We have tried to ensure nutrition in all our packages and started distributing to our school students and their families first. Once we ensured all our children have food on their plates, we tried to expand our relief program by giving packages to other needy families in the slum area. 

Despite the coronavirus outbreak and the risk factors, JAAGO Foundation has been providing the care packages while still maintaining all the safety precautions. Our volunteers are working day and night in the purpose of packing and distributing relief packages to our students and other families from the low income group to bring peace and hope in these households. 

We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who have given these households a ray of hope. With the hope for a better tomorrow, JAAGO Foundation aims to provide the families of the children with such packages as long as they can suffice and the situation gets better. Keep supporting us so that we can do something better for the community together!

Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Ensuring Food for JAAGO students during Covid
Jun 29, 2020

Rebuilding a New Normal for Girls' Education

Rebuilding a New Normal for Girl's Education
Rebuilding a New Normal for Girl's Education

The world currently is facing the deadliest infectious virus- COVID 19 or Coronavirus as we widely know it. Countries all around the world are taking necessary steps to combat this virus which has affected and taken thousands of lives. Slowly but steadily the virus has reached our beloved country, Bangladesh. In a country like ours, it is imperative that we take all precautions to prevent the virus from spreading as we do not have sufficient healthcare facilities.

During this pandemic, the educational institutes have been closed by the order of the Government of Bangladesh to stop spreading the virus among students. As much as we know this is a very significant step in preventing Coronavirus, it is also a drastic step considering the education of children and young adults. While it might be true that students will be safer or better off staying at home than mixing with others in the classroom. The reality, however, is that for millions of girls and young women, particularly those in the world’s least developed countries, school shutdowns bring many other risks, among which we can assume the dropout rate to be very noteworthy. 

COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education

Girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to be completely excluded from primary education, and at the end of 2015 less than half of all countries had achieved gender parity in education at secondary level. Currently around the world, one hundred and thirty million girls are not in education. Fifteen million are expected to never enroll at all.

One major group of people who are already disadvantaged during the pandemic are adolescent girls. Girls everywhere are undervalued, undermined and underestimated When their education is interrupted, there is a greater risk of impact. With these issues in mind, and the knowledge that girls are less likely to return to school after a prolonged absence, education authorities must take steps to avoid a disastrous reversal of the recent progress made in girls’ and women’s learning.

JAAGO towards innovative solutions

In Bangladesh the current Government’s vision is “Digital Bangladesh” and like other governments, they also took the initiative of teaching students by broadcasting pre-recorded lessons through television. Along with that, some private schools, with students mainly belonging to the higher class of the society, have started teaching students using internet and video conferencing softwares like Zoom and WebEx. But students’ belonging to the disadvantaged class, the underprivileged community are having a tough time to survive, let alone continue their education.  

Since the past 13 years, JAAGO Foundation has been providing quality education to underprivileged children in Bangladesh and also ensuring that the students and their families can survive in this crisis and come back to school. For the last 2 months, JAAGO Foundation has been providing food packages and other essentials to all the students’ families and surrounding communities who are from a similar back.

It is very recent JAAGO has come up with an innovative approach to tackle the problem in interrupted education and launched “Tel-Ed”. Through their “Tel-Ed” initiative, JAAGO will is operating classes over the voice messaging service and short messaging service. SMS and phone calls are being made by trained teachers to every student individually according to their needs. We believe, students will have the opportunity to read, write, learn and understand the concepts with the teacher seating far away from them.

This interactive education model will not only help students overcome their mental health situation but will also help them to learn their academic objectives under the National Curriculum & Textbook Board widely known as NCTB. The aim of the initiative is to maintain each student’s link with formal schooling and reduce the rate of student dropouts. We are majorly distressed about girl’s education and whether they will benefit from these distance learning solutions but this is the most approachable and targeted measure we could come up with to ensure that as many female learners are in touch with education and can return back to schools when it reopens.

Thank You Note

The past few months have been majorly distressing for people all around the world. Despite this, we have received tremendous support from you. We are always grateful to you, our donors, who make all our work possible with their love and contribution. We believe, together we can build a peaceful world where inequality will be diminished through all our efforts! 

COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education
COVID: A Potential Threat to Girls' Education
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
JAAGO Towards Innovative Solutions
Thank You
Thank You
Jun 2, 2020

A Ray of Hope in Fighting Covid 19

A Ray of Hope in Fighting Covid 19
A Ray of Hope in Fighting Covid 19

The global pandemic, COVID-19 has taken over the whole world and it is probably the deadliest infectious virus of our time. During this pandemic, every country is taking necessary steps to combat this virus which has taken away hundreds and thousands of lives globally. Even when the year started, people in Bangladesh did not have much knowledge about this new version of Coronavirus. Slowly but steadily the virus has reached our beloved country, Bangladesh. In a country like ours, the risk of being affected and the chances of death are higher as we do not have sufficient healthcare facilities. Another major crisis has arisen in our country which is affecting thousands of lives. Due to the lockdown, people from the marginalized community who work as day laborers mostly are out of work. Even if they don’t get infected, they still can’t afford to live a normal life without any earning.

We at JAAGO are always enthusiastic about working for the marginalized people. Although our major focus is Education and Youth Empowerment, but in this crisis moment, we have rolled up our sleeves to make necessary items available for the people in need in different districts of Bangladesh.

Countrywide Relief Distribution Project

Since the lockdown period in Bangladesh, JAAGO has been a pioneer in working for the people in need. We are working thoroughly and partnering with various organizations that are supporting us financially as well as providing food items and transportation services. JAAGO is fundraising to supply food packages covering the people living in slums in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Madaripur, Rajshahi, Habiganj, Bandarban and Teknaf. In these 10 locations we have been providing a package that contains rice, flour, pulse, potato, oil, salt, soap and some common medicines.

We have created a database of 30,000 households across 10 locations as mentioned previously. For the purpose of distribution, we have a team of our volunteers from the “Volunteer for Bangladesh” wing of JAAGO in each of the districts. Using our school venues as hubs, our volunteers are working day and night to distribute packages containing food and necessary items to the slum dwellers while maintaining social distancing. It is very challenging to safely conduct this process. We salute our volunteers who have enthusiastically come up to immediately respond to this crisis.

Hundreds and thousands of lower-income families in Bangladesh do not have the guarantee of food for the next day. It is uncertain that they will earn soon, again. Considering the fact that some of them might not be well informed about our relief distribution, we used social media to reach them and to our surprise, thousands of lower-income households reached out to us for help. A form was available on our social media and website which they filled out. The information we received was screened and we interviewed them through phone calls and verified the information given. After a considerable screening procedure, we shortlisted a large number of families who were in actual need. We kept their identities private and provided food packages to these lower-income families during this crisis period.

A Father in Utter Helplessness

As mentioned earlier, our volunteers have been working relentlessly to distribute relief all around Bangladesh. We are trying to make as much as impact possible. Recently while distributing relief an expression of thankfulness came to us from a father, the sole earner of their family.

"I work as a guard in an office. For the past month, I haven't been able to earn anything. Almost every day we find nothing to eat at home and my 5-year-old keeps on shedding tears out of hunger. As a father, how do I tolerate this pain?

Today morning I heard from the people in my area that JAAGO Foundation is distributing food so I also came here to stand in the queue. For now, it is a big thing for me that I am returning home with food for a week, and feeling ensured that my child won't be crying for food."

These narratives make our lives worth living, knowing that we have been able to bring a positive impact in at least 1 person’s family. We know that responsibility as a citizen of this country is beyond anything and hence we try to work effectively towards helping each other.

Endless Gratitude

During this pandemic, JAAGO Foundation has been working extensively to solve problems and take necessary actions through various activities. Apart from distributing food packages, we are also raising awareness through voice recordings of instructions for the prevention of Coronavirus. We are fighting with an invisible force and it requires huge motivation and willpower to get things done during this crisis period. Your support will be our force towards working more efficiently for the marginalized people. Our endless gratitude to the kind souls who have helped us reach this far. We look forward to your support!

A Ray of Hope in Fighting Covid 19
A Ray of Hope in Fighting Covid 19
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
Countrywide Relief Distribution Project
A Father in Utter Helplessness
A Father in Utter Helplessness
Endless Gratitude
Endless Gratitude

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