Much has happened since my previous posting. Unfortunately I did not manage to update you earlier.
|Confirmation of receipt of the funds. |
The number of beneficaries mentioned in the letter is a mistake; it should read: 1500 children, not 1000.
The Brojen Das Swimsafe project in Barisal has been set up uniquely with the money from your donations, though with a sizeable in kind and in cash contribution from CIPRB itself. It is part of a larger SwimSafe effort by CIPRB in the South of Bangladesh.
If you wish to receive the full Brojen Das Swimsafe project document (locations, beneficaries, budget details etcetera), please contact me.
The project started in March, when the nights get warmer and the water in the village ponds is no longer too chilly to swim in. It was well underway when my family and I, together with CIPRB's Aminur Rahman and his family, visited it on 11 May. Here are a few pictures of that visit.
|The 'launching ceremony' banner. In fact the project started already in March.|
|On our way to the SwimSafe site: a fish pond near a village. The project finances 10 such sites.|
|Waiting for their turn, looking a little nervous. |
Children are led into the water very cautiously one by one, and never more than 6 at a time. To note that boys and girls attend these lessons in mixed groups!
|A view from the other side of the pond. |
In the inner rectangle there is a plateau made of bamboo so children can stand safely there.
|Children learn to put their heads under water for a few seconds. Ten lessons later they will be swimming freely!|
|No lack of spectators!|
All in all a deeply satisfying visit - all contributors get excellent value for their money!