Apr 21, 2020

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School

One can only imagine the losses that could have been due to a fire breakout.

The day of 14th March, Saturday, started just like any other quiet weekend at our schools until a fire broke out at Rayer Bazar slum around 9 am. The flames quickly spread to adjacent areas. Large sections of the slum were completely destroyed. The fire also reached the JAAGO Foundation School at Rayer Bazar, burning 5 classrooms. Till now, we have learned that a huge amount of books, shelves, benches, desks, walls, rooftops along with the classrooms have been burned in the aggression of this horrifying fire.

The slum is also home to many of the students, whose homes were damaged in the fire on that horrific day like a nightmare. It is not still clear what caused the fire. We thank the Almighty that it was a holiday for the school and students were not present on the premises; otherwise, there could have been a serious number of fatalities.

We appeal to all our sponsors and well-wishers to stand beside us and our students in this time of need and provide assistance to us so that we can ensure that the children can get back to their homes and their classrooms as soon as possible. Your help and contribution will help these children and their families to go back on their feet.

 

A Search for New Prospect:

Right after the trauma of fire incident, the whole world faced the new trouble of COVID 19. The world currently is facing probably 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. There is a deeper problem rooted in this we believe. Coronavirus spreads rapidly through community transmission and to avoid spreading the disease the Government of Bangladesh has declared closing down all educational institutions.

Since JAAGO Foundation has a major project called “Education Program” to bring the light of hope through education among 3500 underprivileged children across 11 schools in Bangladesh, In line with the government's request to close all schools, JAAGO Foundation schools were shut on 17th March 2020. Prior to the closure students were giving lessons on hygiene and preparedness for Coronavirus. We continue to stay in touch with the School communities around Bangladesh through SMS and phone calls. Many of the parents of these students are not able to work and as shops shut down and people are no longer using rickshaws the situation for them will get worse for them. During these difficult times, we have started a relief fund. This fund is helping the families of the students with food and essentials for families and most importantly support toward healthcare.

It is very hard to fight the unknown but we can definitely slow down the spread of the virus and the misery. We are fighting with an invisible force and it requires huge motivation, willpower, hands full of support and hearts filled with empathy to get things done during this crisis period. JAAGO Foundation is working solely to help the community in this crucial moment. We are also aiming to raise funds to distribute food and other precautionary items to day laborers, including slum dwellers.

Life before Pandemic:

The students from JAAGO have always been very fond of their school. The activities besides their academic syllabus fascinate them to be more attentive towards their studies. Followed by different events arranged by our partners and donors our students often get to be a part of many amazing experiences. These events and visits keep our students inspired to move ahead with their dreams of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Flight of Fantasy:

One of the major experiences that our students have earlier this year that one of the country’s leading private carriers gifted 20 students of JAAGO Foundation school with the experience of an exceptional pleasure trip called "Flight of Fantasy".

“Flight of Fantasy” took the children away from the hustle and bustle of Dhaka to the world’s longest unbroken sea beach in Cox’s Bazar. The delights continued with a visit hosted by Bangladesh’s biggest aquarium, Radiant Fish World authority only for the JAAGO students. Afterward, the children were taken to lunch and presented gifts before being flown back in the evening.

Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD):

Following month the JAAGO Foundation School’s football team was invited to be a part of a “Friendly Football Match” arranged by the leading international school of the country AISD. Team JAAGO has sealed the match by 10-2 goals against the AISD middle school team.

A Day with AISD Service Learning Team:

Apart from this the AISD High School Service Learning team also invited our students to spend a day with them where the students got to play, explore and learn more about chemistry experiments and sports. The day was finished with a dinner where the bonding of friendship among the students was worth being observed.

Gratitude Note:

We are grateful to individuals, our NGO partners, corporates, donors and supporters for their generous support on the “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children” project. On behalf of all the students and parents who are related with JAAGO, we would like to express our heartiest gratitude. Without your contribution and support, our journey would not have progressed and prospered in changing the lives of these children who came from an economically disadvantaged background. We request you to continue your love by supporting this project of “Free of Cost School for Underprivileged Children”.

The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
The Kindling of A Flame: Help Rebuilding A School
A Search for New Prospect
A Search for New Prospect
Flight of Fantasy
Flight of Fantasy
Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD)
Friendly Football Match (JAAGO Vs AISD)
A Day with AISD Service Learning Team
A Day with AISD Service Learning Team
Gratitude Note
Gratitude Note
Mar 9, 2020

Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges

Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges
Equipping Bangladesh for the Global Challenges

Adequate nutrition is a prerequisite for attaining good health, quality of life, and national productivity. Undernutrition has been and continues to be a serious public-health problem in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is placed in the bottom 25% of the Global Hunger Index ranking, indicating that the country is expected to face a huge risk in the context of food price-hike. To cope with the high prices of food, alongside reducing portion-sizes, 22% of families also reduced health expenditure, which is likely to have impacted on health.

The diets of the majority people in Bangladesh like many other developing countries are usually dominated by staple foods such as rice, wheat and in some cases maize. High costs made healthy foods like vegetables and fresh fruits unaffordable to Bangladesh’s large number of consumers. However these are mainstream calculations of nutrition and ignore the food intake of the poor people which includes micronutrient foods such as fruits, leafy green vegetables, fish, egg, milk etc.

The prevalence of underweight among under-five children in 1989-1990 was more than 65%. Although it came down to 47% in 2000, little change has been observed since then. The annual rate of reduction in underweight required to achieve the nutrition target of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 is 1.36 percentage points while the current rate is 1.27 percentage points per year. This low rate of reduction in the prevalence of underweight makes it unlikely for the country to achieve the nutrition target of MDG 1. However, even if we achieve the target, the prevalence of underweight will still be unacceptably high. Furthermore, 43% of under-five children are still stunted that accounts for more than 0.5 million children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Bangladesh. These children who are suffering from various forms and degrees of undernutrition are at a high risk of death or severe impairment of growth and development.

Hunger: Charity or Right

JAAGO is working towards breaking the cycle of poverty through education among thousands of underprivileged community children. Given the fact “Underprivileged”, these children and their family are unable to meet the challenge of their daily bread. Hence, the providing proper nutrition for their growth is an extreme luxury for them. As the statistics show that the price hike has an influence in the Bangladeshi food habit, it has an impact on JAAGO’s goal of feeding all the students belonging to all 11 schools across Bangladesh.

JAAGO works for the betterment in remote locations like Bandarban where the children come to school climbing 700ft hills. In areas like this food is the biggest motivation to bring the students to the school although most of us can’t even imagine the misery like them. Besides, the struggle of logistic challenges is real for of reaching out to these areas. Even after all these odds our students are provided with a weekly healthy meal with the support of donors and sponsors. At this point the kind support and donation from our supporters and well-wishers are the hopes of light to ensure the right of nutrition for the little beautiful souls. The two most constant donors of healthy meal for the students are “Thrive” and “Charity Right Bangladesh”. Among the 11 schools of JAAGO, Thrive provides weekly nutrition boost to Banani, Gaibandha and Dinajpur schools. On the other hand, Charity Right Bangladesh is supporting the JAAGO Rayer Bazar School. 

Spread love and laughter 

Often the well-wishers of JAAGO come to visit and share the warmth of their love with the students of JAAGO. In last few months among many of the donors the “Noor House” people spent a day with the students from Banani, Dhaka. They brought healthy snacks for all the students. Meanwhile, the service learning team from a very renowned school AISD, invited over the students at their campus. There they served a healthy meal for a day to the JAAGO students.

Thank You Note!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you on behalf of JAAGO Foundation for your contribution in fighting the poverty and achieving the right of nutrition for thousands of children in Bangladesh. Your contribution means a lot to us. The financial support from your side would help us in fulfilling our mission of ensuring a healthy generation for a better world. With the funds donated by you and other people, we would be able to transform the lives of many children and their families.We believe your kindness is equipping the JAAGO students to break the cycle of poverty in the best possible way.

We are really grateful for your support. The support from generous people like you is the reason for our survival. Our success is majorly dependent on the support that you people provide us. It’s because of you that we are able to deliver our best to the community.

Thank you once again for making our mission a success. We will look forward for your support in future as well!

 

Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Hunger: Charity or Right
Spread love & laughter
Spread love & laughter
Spread love & laughter:
Spread love & laughter:
Thank You Note!
Thank You Note!
Mar 6, 2020

Girls Hold Up Half of The Sky

Girls Hold Up Half of The Sky
Girls Hold Up Half of The Sky

In recent years there has been immense progress in the world, but one area still hasn’t been able to make its way through women’s education. Women usually fall behind because of the patriarchal norms held by the societies they belong to, which keeps them from accessing the same education as their male counterparts. JAAGO Foundation aims to break this taboo and give women the right they deserve. At JAAGO School, girls are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities  and help them find their true identity. Therefore, at JAAGO, girls are given knowledge and skills to become confident and resilient women. We believe girls are half of the population and they hold up half of the sky.

 

Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports

Apart from enhancing their intellectual capacity through books, women need to be able to build up their character, be a teamplayer and have great discipline. All of which can be achieved when they invest their time in sports and create a sense of leadership. JAAGO has recently collaborated with Desi Ballers, a nonprofit organization working to create a platform for women and girls to be empowered through basketball. 

Desi Ballers and JAAGO teamed up to create a friendly tournament which was held a few weeks ago. 30 girls from JAAGO’s Rayer Bazar School participated in the tournament that took place which helped them learn about sportsmanship, time management, taking charge and respecting others.

 

Connecting with Internationally Successful Personalities 

Women are mostly undermined and neglected. They are derived from the basic right to an education, which leads them to be powerless and having the independence to make any decision for themselves. Needless to say that women are stereotyped and usually thought of the lower gender. To empower girls and make them worthy of something in life, Nabeela Noor is opening the program to her global audience to join in sponsoring a girl child through ‘Noor House’. 

Nabeela Noor is a first generation Bangladeshi-American creator, activist and entrepreneur who voices for women empowerment has recently partnered with JAAGO Foundation by sponsoring 20 girls (aged 5-6 years old) through graduation. This means that the sponsored girls will have quality education, nutritious food, uniforms, all things need to have a proper education  and most importantly a dignified identity.

 

Thank You Note 

We want to express our gratitude to the donors of this project as they are not only gifting female children with the opportunity to receive education but also pave a way for them to bring a sustainable change in their community, and in turn the country in the future. 

Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports
Inspiring Girls Participation in Sports
Connecting with Internationally Successful Persona
Connecting with Internationally Successful Persona
Thank You Note
Thank You Note
 
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