Educating the slums

by Maria Cristina Foundation
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Survey results
Survey results

Maria's Channel swim

A little more than a month has passed since our founder, Maria Conceicao, attempted to swim 34km to cross the English Channel in order to raise funds and awareness of the work we do in Dhaka. Unfortunately she had to be pulled out of the water after 7 hours due to very strong currents that were taking her in a direction vastly different to France. We were taken aback by all the support I received on the run up to and during the swim and want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. We raised nearly USD 10,000, which will be used to pay for school fees for the children.

 

You have spoken...and we are listening

Our supporter survey carried out in the past couple of weeks showed that the majority of the respondents are familiar with what we do and happy with how we do it. However, there is always room for improvement. 

Many of you want to receive more updates from our students and their families. We will do our best to give you more news from Dhaka, however, the best way to keep up with children in Dhaka is to follow us on social media, where we regularly post family and student updates and significant news from the community. 

A big thank you to everyone who took their time to respond and those who still wish to make a suggestion - please feel free to email us.

 

Sponsor a student

We at the Maria Cristina Foundation believe that sponsoring one or more specific students will make the biggest impact on their lives. 

38 amazing individuals have already made a commitment to a student. Many of them have travelled to Dhaka to visit the student and their family, many are in touch over phone or Skype and many write letters.

93 students are still without a sponsor. Our aim is to find a sponsor for each and every student, to act as their friend and mentor and to bring long-lasting real change to their lives. 

Sponsoring a child could not be easier. All you need to do is decide who you want to sponsor, pay their school fees and we will help you get in touch with them.

 

Stories from the field

A number of volunteers have visited Dhaka recently. Some only for a day and some for up to a week. The community has received all visitors and volunteers with open arms and copious amounts of sweet milky tea.

Read about some of their experiences and be inspired!

 

Finally, a big thank you to everyone, who has donated. We are a very small organisation and rely on generous supporters like you to continue doing our work in Dhaka. Thank you. 

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We want to thank you for your continued generostiy and for helping the Maria Cristina Foundation reach its goals.

We have had a successful couple of months and have managed to raise nearly enough funds to cover school fees for all 172 students for 2016. We are still missing $36,000, but are confident we will reach this target. 

Maria has announced her next challenge - swimming the English Channel. With this gruelling 34km swim, we hope to gain international attention and raise enough funds to make sure no student is left out of school. Please keep and eye on our Facebook page for updates on her progress. 

9 students in Dhaka and 3 in Dubai graduated from high school in May. Some of them are looking at options to go to university, others are looking for jobs. Many have already secured scholarships. 

We have had 27 volunteers visit the children in Dhaka since March this year and more visits are planned for this year. We are currently in need of long-term volunteers in Dubai who could help us with grant and sponsorship proposal writing. 

The outlook is positive and we keep going, helping one child at a time. We could not do this without you and are very grateful to each and every one of you.

Rita Akter, one of the students graduated in Dhaka
Rita Akter, one of the students graduated in Dhaka
Anonya Akter, another graduate with her parents
Anonya Akter, another graduate with her parents
A volunteer with some of the children
A volunteer with some of the children

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Maria Cristina Foundation

Location: St Austell - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @MCFConnect
Project Leader:
Katrin Winter
St Austell, United Kingdom
$20,214 raised of $120,000 goal
 
253 donations
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