Hasina's story: Education because of your support!
By Save the Children - US Office
Hasina a 13 year old Rohingya refugee
Hasina lives in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with her parents and younger brother. Since arriving in the refugee camps, Hasina has embraced the opportunity to learn and loves attending a Save the Children learning centre.
She says “I wake up very early in the morning and wash my feet and hands. I pray and then go to the Maktab (Islamic school) to learn Arabic. After Arabic learning, I come home and help my mother to prepare breakfast. I eat lentils for breakfast which I dislike very much. I wish we had better food to eat. Back in my village, we had all sorts of food which I very much liked. Sometimes I still feel hungry after eating breakfast, but I cannot ask for any extra as our food has to feed all the family for the month. I then walk with my friend to handicraft learning run by a women’s group in the camps. I have learnt how to sew a leaf and am learning to sew clothes. I hope to be as good at handicrafts as my mother. I really enjoy attending the handi-crafts group and have made good friends. We speak about lots of things at the community group and I enjoy it as girls from different ages go there. We stay there from 9-2pm. Most of the time we talk about our happy time in Myanmar and how our lives were good there in the past. I miss my home so much.
After lunch, I go to the Save the Children learning centre. It is located right next to my home and I meet my brother, who attend the shift before me. The teachers at the learning are very nice. I like all subjects but English is my favorite. It is an important language to learn because we do not have access to other languages. If I want to get a job in the future, it is important to be able to speak good English.
I am happiest when I am at the learning centre. I have so many friends there and I enjoy learning new things. Save the Children staff are very good to us, they do not beat us or yell at us. I have learnt from going to school to stay happy and if you face anything bad, talk to Save the Children.”
Hasina’s father Mohammed is happy that his daughter is learning other things apart from handicrafts. He is happy that Hasina will be able to be strong and to stick up for herself if she faces any issues.
Save the Children is one of the leading International NGOs in Cox’s Bazar, having reached more than 700,000 Rohingya and members of the host community since the start of the crisis. Save the Children has more than 1,800 staff and volunteers supporting our programs in child protection, access to education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation services, as well as distribution of shelter and food items.
Thanks to supporters like you we are running nearly 100 learning centres for Rohingya children like Hasina in the camps, reaching over 15,000 children.
Hasina goes to a Save the Children learning center
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