Project information

A safe haven for the street children of Dhaka

Help us build a new centre for the street children of Dhaka, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. With your support we can be there for Dhaka's vulnerable children every moment of the day; we offer care, food, education, medical support and a safe place to sleep for our young girls and boys

1-2 years

Charity information: The Sreepur Village, Bangladesh

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  • Need

    Need

    We have been forced to make difficult choices about where to divert our funding and one of the choices that saddens us most is our lack of night time provision for young girls, who are incredibly vulnerable on the streets at night.

    Furthermore, we’ve always rented buildings for our street children project. Frustratingly landlords place restrictions on our opening times, preventing us from providing some of Dhaka's most impoverished children with the full care and support they urgently need.

    Solution

    Next year, with your support, we intend to purchase land and build a new centre – a safe haven with outside play areas that will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. Crucially a new and bigger centre will allow us to provide an urgently needed night shelter for our girls, as well as our boys. Please help us provide a better service for our children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a safe and secure place for vulnerable girls to sleep at night time.

    Activities

    » A separate girls' dormitory will be a crucial part of the new centre; we will also recruit female staff to care for our girls during their stay.

    Money raised for this project will build a new, spacious dormitory for our girl beneficiaries.


    Aim 2

    Providing 24 hour care to the street children of Dhaka.

    Activities

    » A new centre will allow us to choose our own opening times. The centre will be run and managed by professional staff 24 hours a day.

    £80,000 will allow us to build a new centre, we will no longer be restricted by landlords's opening times and will be able to provide a 24 hour service.


    Aim 3

    Give children a safe place to move, play and have fun!

    Activities

    » We will provide outside and indoor play areas where games and sports can be played.

    We will create indoor play areas and reserve outside space so that children can run, play and be creative!


    Aim 4

    Offer children a brighter future.

    Activities

    » We will continue to provide street children with food, education, medical support, care and love; offering them the chance of a brighter future.

    Success will be demonstrated once the centre is built, fully staffed and running and the street children of Tongi know there is a safe-haven they can access whenever they wish.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The children we work with are street children: they have no shelter, no voice, no rights and often nobody in the world to care for them. They are not properly taken care of, malnourished and prone to disease.

    At the Sreepur Village we believe every child's life is precious. We offer good nutrition, hygiene, medical support, education, care and love to our child beneficiaries and the opportunity to create a better life off the streets.

    Risk

    Purchasing land is Dhaka is no easy feat. We have already set aside money to buy land and are now viewing suitable sites in the Tongi district of the city where street children congregate. We need to be incredibly careful and certain that any transaction is legal. We are therefore taking our time to ensure any deal we commit to is legitimate and in the best interest of the charity. Once land has been purchased we will work with an architect to produce a design so that building work can commence.

    Reporting

    We will update donors by email every 3 months and notify them of any significant developments.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Girls' dormitory labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £15,000 Boys' dormitory labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £15,000 2 x office space for staff (so labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £5,000 Counselling/Quiet room labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £5,000 Computer Room labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £5,000 Kitchen & Store room labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £15,000 4 x toilets & showers labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
      £5,000 Outside play area labour & materials (inc. laying foundations, plumbing and electrics)
  • Background

    Location

    The new street children centre will be located in Tongi (a district of Dhaka, Bangladesh) near to the Tongi railway station where street children congregate. We will build the new centre within a 1 mile radius of the existing centre which is currently run from a rented building.

    Beneficiaries

    A centre owned and run by the Sreepur Village will allow us to expand our services reaching out to more children and crucially offering a much needed night shelter for our vulnerable girls, as well as our boys. The Sreepur Village offers life-changing opportunities and a brighter future to some of Bangladesh’s poorest children. Wherever possible our ultimate goal is to take children off of the streets, into education and a secure family environment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Sreepur Village has 27 years experience working with destitute women and children in Bangladesh. Since 2010 our professional staff have been running a street children project in Tongi, Dhaka. In the last 5 years the project has continued to grow and develop, with news of the centre and its services spreading by word of mouth among our child beneficiaries. The centre is much loved by the children we serve and is well respected within the NGO community that we work alongside.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Pat Kerr

    Overseas Director