Mustakin Is Not Mistaken - School Rocks!

"I am very happy to have the opportunity to go to school!"

Char Borbila is a rural village in Mymensingh 15 kilometres from the district town centre. It’s always been a poor area with an underdeveloped economy, severe gender inequality, and a lack of access to education for the village’s many children.

One of those kids is Mustakin, who lives in Char Borbila with his parents and brother. His father was always a day labourer, and his mother raised poultry and ducks in their yard to try to increase the family’s income, though this went against her husband’s wishes that she only work inside the home.

Mustakin’s parents had resigned to the fact that their children would never attend school. 

Not only was poverty a factor, but the one school in the area could never accommodate the village’s many children. Established by an NGO, the school was known for its high standards and so wealthier families from other areas took most of the spots. With two illiterate parents, Mustakin didn’t have the option to prepare for and attempt the admissions test.

Several kilometres away in the more urban Akua village, 13-year-old Vably and her three sisters were in a similar situation. Vably’s father is also a day labourer, and her mother is required to stay in the home. Vably had started school, but the money soon ran out. The family was so poor that a neighbour tragically suggested that the girls should be given to rich men.

Things started changing for both families when FH began working in their communities. In 2010, Vably’s mother joined a Community Savings Group for women. 

Two years later, seeing the success of the early groups nearby and the way that the men were respecting the women’s work, Mustakin’s mother also joined a group. As trust was built with FH Bangladesh staff members in both communities, Mustakin and Vably’s parents both registered them in the sponsorship program.

With the support and encouragement of Canadian sponsors, the kids now have the books and tuition they need for school. And with one child each covered for schooling costs, both sets of parents have been able to use the money and skills they’ve gained through the savings groups to send their other children to school.

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Keep scrolling to see the great pictures of these families thriving!

Mustakin and his brother gladly study under the watchful eye of their mother.
Mustakin and his family outside their home in Char Borbila.
Vably's mother keeping records for her involvement in their community's savings group.
Vably, her father and mother.



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Food for the Hungry: Mustakin Is Not Mistaken - School Rocks!
Mustakin Is Not Mistaken - School Rocks!
Food for the Hungry
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