Dance classes at the music school
In 2016, we were again able to push the development of our music school. In addition to music, traditional dances enrich the culture of Bangladesh. Thus, it was only natural for us to offer the children of Ambikapur an education in dance, as well as in music.
At this moment, 20 girls are studying traditional forms of movement under the supervision of our dance teacher Mz. Amzad Hossain Azad. Of course there is room for modern dance, often a mixture of western and bengal forms of expression.
Usually, studying dance in Bangladesh is quite costly, so we are very happy to be able to make this offer to children from poor families. In dancing, they can gain self-confidence – and of course, it is a lot of fun for everybody! We hope that for some, this education will in time also help to earn a living. Many heartfelt thanks to Monika for her large donation that enabled us to make the dance classes happen.
Acquisition of audio equipment (PA) with funds from the local agenda of the district exchange Treptow-Koepenick
Fortunately, the district of Treptow-Koepenick continues to support our music school in Ambikapur. Our application for funding for a stereo system including amplifier, speakers and microphones has been met with approval. After the district exchange Treptow-Koepenick has already provided funding for musical intruments last year, our bengal partner organization is now fully equipped to organize concerts. And the youngsters will likely have a DJ-party or two. We want to thank the district of Treptow-Koepenick for their great contribution!
Starting sewing classes has been on our wish list for quite some time, and this year we could finally get enough funding to make this wish a reality. Thanks to our bengal kooperation partner Palle Kobi Jasim Uddin Shriti Sangho, who provided 12 sewing machines, 20 young women can now get an education in sewing and pattern making. The basic course takes three months, and successful participants are rewarded with a certificate. The former showroom for craftwork on the Jasim Uddin museum grounds was fitted out for sewing classes, and materials for pattern making and tayloring were bought. In the future, we can imagine a small production workshop for handcrafted goods forming there. Possibly, the museum as a tourist attraction could also attract customers to the shop.
School materials and shoe
As always, regular education at our primary and high school are the focal point of our activities.
Thanks to our regular sponsors and additional donations, we were again able to finance enough materials such as books, pencils, school bags, uniforms and more to equip our 73 Schools In Ambikapur – students and even some more children at the primary school. The district of Treptow-Koepenick pitched in with a donation of 250€ for schooling materials – our heartfelt thanks for that!
Additionally, thanks to donations from many sponsors, we could get sturdy shoes for 70 children to replace their sandals in the colder wet season. We thank all sponsors.
Our former coordinator Mr. Pius D. Costa had to move from Faridpur to Khulna for job-related reasons.
We are glad to announce that we have found a new coordinator in Mr. Nuruzzaman. Mr. Nuruzzaman knows both our schools intimately – some time ago, he held a voluntary position in the parent’s association of our high school – and he is a highly esteemed member of the local community. We look forward to his proposals and ideas!