Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days

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Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Feed a school in the Dhaka slums for 200 days
Piet Van students
Piet Van students

Teachers and students are back in school, and they had plenty of reasons to celebrate! They had feasts on February 21 for Mother Language Day and March 26 for Independence Day. They also celebrated the Bengali New Year on April 14. 

Piet Van’s classes are from kindergarten to grade five. Last year 20 students passed grade five, and they were admitted to other schools. Piet Van is now taking new students for kindergarten. The School Director reports that everyone enjoys their classes, especially their drawing class.

Each meal cost $0.50 per student. The standard meals, which were delivered five days a week, included a banana, seasonal fruit or vegetable such as guava, dates, cucumber, and eggs. Once a week students received milk and popular local snacks, such as shingara and chana, which contain nutrient-rich vegetables. We added jujube to the menu, a fruit grown locally and packed with Vitamin C.

If you would like to help us continue supporting Piet Van, please do consider donating again or setting up a recurring monthly donation. For just $10 you can help feed a child at Piet Van for an entire month. These children are incredibly bright and look forward to going to school every day. With your support, we can ensure that they receive the brain fuel they need to be focused and ready to learn.

Please donate at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/feed-a-school-in-the-dhaka-slums-for-100-days/

Thank you for your support!

Piet Van boys
Piet Van boys
Piet Van girls
Piet Van girls
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Teachers and students rejoiced when schools across Bangladesh reopened back in September after one and a half years of distance learning. However, due to a surge in Omicron cases, schools were once again forced to close at the end of January for two weeks. Unfortunately, the closure was extended recently for an additional two weeks seemingly because of the rise in Covid cases among students. Schools are expected to reopen at the end of February. 

While students at Piet Van are disappointed about returning to distance learning, they continue to stay positive and work hard. They visit the school twice a week to receive their lessons and homework from teachers. Twenty-two students have successfully graduated from Piet Van and moved on to Grade 6 at a secondary school. The kindergarten class has recently welcomed new students who are very excited to be attending school. 

Thrive greatly appreciates the support from our donors! Please feel free to share our story! 

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After 18 months of closure due to Covid lockdown, schools across Bangladesh have finally reopened. Students are once again back to in-person learning which to many families is a huge relief considering the challenges they faced with remote learning due to lack of a device or internet connection. Covid-19 protocols set by the Bangladeshi government will be enforced to ensure the health and safety of the students.

The students of Piet Van are so thrilled to be back in school with their fellow classmates and teachers. Many of them expressed how much they missed social interaction and learning in person. Zahid from Grade 3 says, "I am very happy to get back to school after Covid. My favorite subject is Bangla and my favorite Thrive food is apple." Suraiya, age 10, is also very glad to be back in the classroom. "My favorite subject is English." She particularly enjoys receiving malta oranges from Thrive. These green fruits are rich in Vitamin C and the kids love them!

Seeing all 120 students return to Piet Van brings a lot of joy but also a sense of relief. During lockdown Bangladesh has witnessed a significant increase in child labor and child marriage. Because of cut wages or unemployment, parents have had to send their children to work forcing them to drop out of school. Girls have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic as many families have married off their daughters in order to ease financial burdens. Often times the girls never return to school. We at Thrive feel fortunate knowing all the boys and girls at Piet Van have been given the opportunity to return to school and pursue their education. The support from all our donors allows us to provide the proper nutrition these children need in order to continue on a path to a brighter future.

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Due to the rising number of Covid infections, schools still remain closed in Bangladesh. Restrictions have been extended several times and this has generated concern among teachers, particularly those working in schools located in poor areas. Online learning is unrealistic for students living in slums and while efforts have been made to provide educational programs through television and radio, there is no guarantee that all children will be able to access the programs or how much of it is actually absorbed. 

The teachers at Piet Van have had to adapt to a new way of teaching which has come with a few challenges. Students must come to school to pick up their lessons and assignments for the week at the same time they pick up their food packs. The teachers also make home visits once a week to check on students and answer any questions regarding their school work. This allows for some face to face time which has been missing for over a year. Now that the rainy season has begun, home visits sometimes have to be rescheduled. But despite this they work tirelessly to make sure the students receive the best education possible given the current situtation.

Extended countrywide Covid-19 restrictions continue to affect many Bangladeshis who are left unable to work and support their families. Food bags provided by Thrive offer tremendous relief to Piet Van students and their families at a time when most struggle to put food on the table. We are so grateful for all the support from our donors! You are not only providing much needed nourishment to some amazing kids. But you are also giving them a chance at a better future.

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The closure of schools in Bangladesh have been extended to possibly mid-March due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. Children across the country have not been able to return to the classsroom since March 2020 which has many concerned about the negative effects on their education and well-being. While opportunities for remote learning have been offered through outlets such as television and smart phones, many families do not have access to these devices. 

Despite the inequities in remote learning, students at Piet Van have remained dedicated to continuing their education. Students are able to pick up and drop off their class assignments at school and at the same time receive their family's monthly food pack. This quarter families received rice, dal, eggs, in-kind muffins, and protein bars.

In addition to the food packs, families also received blankets and sweaters to keep them warm during the winter months, thanks to a dynamic team of Thrive volunteers in Dhaka who launched the Northern Lights Project. Bangladesh winters can be very cold and this project aims to provide blankets and winter clothing to families in need across the country.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference in these children's lives. With your support we are able to feed 120 amazing students and their families during a very challenging time. Thank you for being a part of our mission!

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