Join the Journey Towards Life Without Poverty

by Spreeha Foundation
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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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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.
Respect Water, Respect Life
Respect Water, Respect Life

Field Report: Respect Water, Respect Life

The author of this report, Babli Biswas is a Web Developer with GraphicPeople, a subsidiary of New York based advertising agency AdPeople Worldwide. She is an invigorating volunteer at the Spreeha schools as a Arts & Craft and Graphic Designing mentor.

Last week we were trying to do something with a long term impact. Multiple teams, each consisting two kids, were handed a both white and colorful papers. The kids were asked to draw something that involves water and use the colored papers to cut drawn shapes according to their desire and paste it on the white paper. More elements will be handed out in latter classes. The purpose of this class is to bring out the creativity among the kids.

The result is phenomenal! 

We’re hoping that the kids will make something awesome in latter classes, enough for us to show in an exhibition. It’s going to be two day session. And this was the first half. Kudos to these kids. 

Btw, the photos were taken by one of the kids from the photography class!

Chamber Orchestra & National Monument Trip

Students and teachers from Spreeha’s after-school center took part in a study tour of the Liberation War Monument in Dhaka recently as part of an initiative themed “Let’s learn about the Liberation War, let’s love our country.” Spreeha took this initiative, thanks to invitations from partner organization Classical Music Academy of Dhaka (CMA). After the tour, the students also enjoyed CMA’s stage presentation “Raham Ali’r Putul Nach (Doll Dance of Raham Ali),” a locally composed musical performance by chamber orchestra.

Meeting with Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates Sr., Senior Fellow Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt and others met with Spreeha CEO Tazin Shadid, Board Chair May Leong, Katherine Dick and Khawja Shamsuddin in early October. The Spreeha team gave an overview of the organization and the programs to Bill Sr. and others, who took a very keen interest on our vision and existing programs. Before the meeting, they received a guided tour of the Gates Foundation facilities.

Chamber Orchestra & National Monument Trip
Chamber Orchestra & National Monument Trip
Meeting with Gates Foundation
Meeting with Gates Foundation
Global WA visitors Holly Koch and Jesse Lee
Global WA visitors Holly Koch and Jesse Lee
Spreeha student shows off his notebook
Spreeha student shows off his notebook

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Bangladesh, about her recent visit to Spreeha Foundation.

I have visited several schools are India and Bangladesh, but Spreeha kids seem particularly jazzed about school as they interact with their teachers and schools. I got to learn about a neat early childhood development model which uses cards that combine images and text so that kids grasp concept immediately. You can see the enthusiasm in the photos as they guess which card corresponds to the alphabet.

The schools are in small rooms in densely populated slums, but seem to be the center of attraction as other kids peep in to see what is going on, or mothers walk around interacting with the Spreeha staff. As we walked around, I even found a Spreeha kid who was more than happy to show off his textbook as we walked around other homes.

It’s not just the kids that love school but also Spreeha’s older kids who learn advanced computer skills such as animation and digital design. Spreeha is probably one of the most technologically sophisticated NGO’s in general as they use open source learning software as part of their curriculum, they have a host of techie course such as animation where kids actually create content and they have remote audio-video machine for ENT diagnosis where doctors can interact with rural patients sitting in Spreeha’s office. It can’t get better than this for an engineer like me! These kids are going to be well set to take on the current market as they develop useful skills as well as confidence.

Learning in the classroom
Learning in the classroom
A spreeha student
A spreeha student
The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood
Computer classes at Spreeha
Computer classes at Spreeha's main center
ENT Video Diagnosis tool for remote patients
ENT Video Diagnosis tool for remote patients
Children at the book fair
Children at the book fair

Let's Build a Library

Our story today is about building a library - Spreeha organized a tour of the National Book Fair, which takes place over the entire month of February each year in Bangladesh. The tour, “Let’s go to the book fair” (Cholo Boi Mêla-ae Jai), was an initiative to enhance the scholastic interest among underprivileged students in the Spreeha education programs. 57 children joined the event. The children then visited stalls in the fair, bought books and finished their lunch at the Bangla Academy cafeteria. Spreeha provided an allowance to buy books of their choice. Once done with their own copy, the books will be used to build a library. Yes, a library – in the Spreeha school facilities, created by the students, for the students. Read more at - http://spreeha.org/2014/04/12/lets-build-a-library/

Lights, Camera, Action!

A volunteer team from GraphicPeople|SoftwarePeople conducted an orientation workshop in Spreeha. The main purpose of the workshop was to identify children’s and adolescents interest and aptitude on learning various extra-curricular activities.

At the end of the workshop a total of 60 adolescents and Spreeha staff were selected to receive training on Computer Graphics, Graphic Design, Photography, Art and Music. These training will be run under Spreeha’s Empowerment Program. The volunteer team was led by Mahenaz Chowdhury, Coordinator – Talent Management at GraphicPeople|SoftwarePeople.

Children Extra-curricular Program
Children Extra-curricular Program
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!

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Spreeha Foundation

Location: Redmond, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.spreeha.org
Project Leader:
Zaki Rahman
Redmond, WA United States

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