Feb 28, 2017

Spreeha's Million Smiles Club and Mission 2020: to inspire a million lives!

Inspiring Millions Together!
Inspiring Millions Together!

Spreeha's Million Smiles Club and Mission 2020: to inspire a million lives!

At this very moment, half of the 7.4 billion people on the planet are living in poverty. In Bangladesh alone, 49 million people go hungry each night, 6 million are still jobless and 4 million children are out of school. There are thousands of communities still underprivileged and fighting to survive. With every year that passes, these numbers rise and they will continue to do so if we don’t step forward!

Spreeha Bangladesh fights to give these communities a chance. Our mission here is simple: to empower those in need. But this task is not one we can achieve alone. What do we need? The answer is YOU.

By 2020, we aim to bring change to a million lives and we will do this with your help. Join the Million Smiles Club and come together for a million smiles!

Spreeha Bangladesh screens world premiere of film "Threads"

On 10th February Spreeha Bangladesh successfully screened the world premiere (Bangla version) of Kantha Productions LLC's Threads: The Art and Life of Surayia Rahman. The documentary showcased how Surayia's passion for her art, nakshi kantha helped build a life of dignity, self-sufficiency and independence for herself and the hundreds of women who trained under her. Students of Spreeha's adolescent girls' project, Progga enthusiastically attended the event along with many external guests.

Million Smiles Club
Million Smiles Club
Million Smiles Club
Million Smiles Club
Premiere of Threads
Premiere of Threads
Premiere of Threads
Premiere of Threads
Feb 9, 2016

Quarterly Report (Winter 2015/16)

The year in a snapshot...

It has been a great year in Spreeha-land! Thanks to the support of our donors and friends globally, we were able to expand our programs to better serve our family of 20,000 beneficiaries in the slums of Rayerbazaar area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The growth was driven primarily by the 63 member team of doctors, teachers and social workers on the ground. 

In 2015, the in-clinic medical support increased by 21% to 8,547 beneficiaries and we were able to provide maternal (prenatal and ante-natal) care to 552 mothers, a 12% increase from 2014.

We also saw similar growth in Spreeha’s education programs – with 16% more super awesome children attending our preschools, totaling to 371 this year. Our After-school program, that assist school going children after regular classes, grew by 24% and now accommodating 424 children.

We’re very proud to say that Spreeha's biggest growth this year was in the Skills Training/Empowerment area - the Women Empowerment and Placement program doubled, increasing to 117 beneficiaries! The Young Women Leadership program grew by a whole quarter and the Computer Training program graduated 192 trainees this year, a 54% increase from 2014.

...enough with the numbers!

Spreeha clinic is now offering inpatient services. This means better care for patients in need of extended observation, convenience and comfort along with top notch care that they trust. Additionally, children received Vitamin A capsules at the Spreeha Healthcare Center and Spreeha Pre-schools as part of the National Vitamin A Plus Campaign. 

In June, participants attended the second batch of Spreeha's skill training program. Chameli, an alumni of the program states - “through learning skills and receiving training from Spreeha I have gained value in the society and have already secured a job. I think this is the happiest moment of my life.”

The brand new Spreeha school bags were distributed in fall along with other needed supplies in the school centers as part of the supplies and hygiene material distribution efforts.

Children create social awareness through comic strips

The 'Imagination is Power' project between Spreeha and GraphicPeople | SoftwarePeople continues to grow. In one quarter this year, Spreeha kids creatied comic strips to promote water conservation in their communities. Many thanks to our volunteers from GP | SP for teaching our children how to use art to solve social issues.

And here in Seattle...

Spreeha's summer fundraising dinner in June at the Bellevue Red Lion hotel was a huge success! On the heels of an inspiring presentation by our CEO, Tazin Shadid and an electric fundraising, the musical performance by the very melodic Anila Naz Chowdhury was the perfect way to end the beautiful evening. A few months later in October, Spreeha held its fall fundraiser in the Historic Flight Foundation, which was another big achievement. Led by philanthropist-father-daughter-dynamic-duo Andrew and Jo Lonseth, the event featured music by Colorworks and raised a significant amount to further help our cause.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. We thank our dedicated volunteers who made the events possible, and mostly you, for believing in us and making life without poverty a reality, one step at a time.

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May 18, 2015

Quarterly Report (Spring 2015)

Saving Water & Healthy Living
Saving Water & Healthy Living

Fire Rehabilitation Efforts
On January 11, 2015, a deadly fire ravaged through a slum cluster right next to the Spreeha field areas in Bangladesh. This devastating fire claimed the lives of two children and gutted several homes, rendering more than one thousand people homeless. Beginning by providing immediate medical assistance, Spreeha has since been working with these families to help with relief and rehabilitation.

Families affected by the fire had their meager possessions reduced to ashes. Spreeha staff quickly evaluated the extent of the damage and started executing on a rehabilitation plan.

Spreeha provided immediate first response aid to almost a thousand victims. Additionally, it gave comprehensive long term medical treatment from it's clinic in the area to many of those who suffered.

Among the affected families, nine were identified as part of the Spreeha healthcare and education systems. Spreeha has provided comprehensive rehabilitation to each of these families. The complete list of items, including a month’s rent in advance, were distributed to these families in two batches on February 5th and 7th.
 
Spreeha’s aid efforts will have to continue, and it aims to focus strongly on creating training programs for slum residents addressing safety issues, and putting in place measures to prevent, and in the worst cases, control fires.

 

Saving Water & Healthy Living
The children in the Spreeha schools have been going through a systematic process of understanding the topic "Saving Water & Healthy Living".

At first, they learnt about pollutants in their environment. They also went on two field trips, where they photographed the sources of the pollution. After which, the students made a series of connected artworks and poems based on their learning that included - sources of pollution, usage of water in daily lives, ways of conserving water and reducing pollution for healthy living.

To top it off, they held an exhibition on February 19th to encourage the children as active members of the community. In the exhibition, they displayed their integrated works of art and photography to the Rayerbazar community.
 
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