Imagine that you need to support a family of four for PLN 260 a month. Now imagine that your 5-year-old child is forced to work so that you can live on. Scary? This is the reality for children and families in Bangladesh. By adopting one poor child from Bangladesh at a distance, you provide him with education and help him break out of extreme poverty. Give a dignified life to one child for only PLN 100 a month!
Why are we helping children from Bangladesh?
Bangladesh is one of the most populous countries in the world and one of the poorest countries in Asia. Over 25 million people live in extreme poverty, living in overcrowded slum neighborhoods. Officially, the minimum wage is less than PLN 370 per month. In turn, the average salary of a low-qualified person is about PLN 260. A family of four – even when two low-skilled parents work – must live frugally in order to survive.
It is estimated that due to such dramatic living conditions, more than 5 million 5 to 15-year-olds in this country are forced to work, often in very dangerous conditions. The youngest inhabitants of this country are forced to collect rubbish, beg, steal or work at stalls. In such an environment, abuse, drug addiction and violence become part of their lives.
They are children who have virtually no prospects for a better life. Only education can improve their fortunes in the future. Additionally, the youngest who go to school are somewhat protected from the reality of the street. However, many parents cannot afford to send their children to school and purchase essential supplies. Without the help of good-hearted people, their children will be forced to live in slums for the rest of their lives.
How do we help?
As part of the distance adoption program, the ADRA Polska Foundation supports poverty-stricken primary school students from Tongi, located 20 km from the multimillion capital of Bangladesh – Dhaka. All our pupils live in the slums of Ershad Nagar, where for many years ADRA volunteers and employees have been serving the community in the field of education and humanitarian aid.
The school, run by the ADRA Bangladesh branch, has been providing high-quality education to slum children since 1972 and supplies them with basic school equipment. It provides a friendly environment to stimulate their creativity and interest in education, which will reduce the percentage of early school leavers in the future. It has a great reputation among parents, educators and children. Students are also provided with snacks daily and two warm lunches a week.
How can you help?
Learn the stories of children waiting for adoption
Our pupils live in dramatic conditions on a daily basis. However, despite such a hard fate, they still believe that they will have a better life and that they have their dreams.
It is you who can help them fulfill them!
Abir Hossen Kawsar
Age: 6 years
A dream: to become a doctor
Abir is a bright boy and he is very good at words. He studies well and his favorite subject is English. He likes to spend time watching TV and his favorite show is the cartoon Sisimpur. He also enjoys going to the zoo. In the future, he would like to become a doctor and help sick people.
Abir and his mother live in their grandmother’s house in the Ershad Nagar slum district. His father does not live with them. Abir’s mother works in a clothing factory and supports the family. The boy also has an aunt who is also studying. His mother has a hard time providing money for Abir and his aunt’s education.
If Abir doesn’t get help, he won’t be able to go to school soon. The boy does not want to leave his school, but only with the help of good-hearted people will he be able to continue his education.
Age: 6 years
A dream: to become a doctor
Suraia is a good girl. She is very obedient to her teachers. He enjoys coming to school regularly and reciting poems. In his spare time, he plays with his friends. He likes ice cream very much. He wants to become a doctor in the future.
Suraia lives in a rented house in the Ershad Nagar slum district with her parents, sister and brother. Her two older sisters are married. The girl’s father is blind. Supports the family by begging. Surai’s mother looks after the house. Surai’s father is unable to meet all the basic needs of the family. Despite this, her parents want the girl to continue her education. She also wants to learn and become a great doctor in the future to help others in need.
Age: 7 years
A dream: to become a policeman
Akash is a nice and intelligent boy. He comes to school regularly. He is a good student. His handwriting is also very nice. He likes to eat fish and meat, and his favorite fruit is apple. In his spare time, the boy likes to ride a bicycle the most. His favorite color is green. When he grows up, he wants to become a policeman.
Akash lives in Ershad Nagar in a small two-room house with his parents and two sisters. His father is a rickshaw driver and his mother is a housewife. His father rents a vehicle, so most of the money he gets for riding the rickshaw has to be returned to the owner. The family’s financial situation is therefore very difficult. Akash will only be able to continue his studies and fulfill his dreams if he receives support.
Age: 6 years
A dream: to become a pilot
Jannat is a quiet girl. He attends kindergarten. She is very interested in science. In his spare time he likes to draw pictures, especially flowers. Her favorite flower is rose and her favorite color is yellow. When he grows up, he wants to become a pilot.
The girl lives in a slum district called Earshad Nagar. He has five older sisters and one brother. She is the youngest of the siblings. Her two sisters got married. Her father is in a small business and her mother in the house. The girl’s father was unable to develop his business due to the lack of capital, so his monthly income is very low. It is difficult to support such a large family with such a low income. Despite this, her parents would like Jannat to have a chance to fulfill her dream.
Age: 8 years
A dream: to become a teacher
Fahim is a simple, reticent boy. He is attentive in science and tries very hard in school. He spends most of his free time flying kites with friends. His favorite food is fish and rice. The boy is loyal to his teachers and would like to become a teacher in the future.
Fahim lives with his parents in Ershad Nagar. The boy has a sister 4 years younger. His father is a garment worker by profession and his mother is a housewife. The salary his father receives is not enough to cover the expenses of the entire family. His father was often unable to meet the needs of his children. Fahim’s parents want the boy to make his dream come true. However, this will only be possible if the boy receives financial help.
Age: 8 years
A dream: to become a policewoman
Asma is a polite and calm girl. He goes to school regularly. Her favorite subject is Bengali. Her favorite color is pink. The girl likes to eat fish and eggs. In the future, she would like to become a policewoman because, as she says herself, “the police do a good job”.
Asma lives with her parents in Earshad Nagar in a small house. Her father is a day laborer and her mother is a housekeeper. The girl’s father earns little. His earnings are barely enough to support his family, and Asma still has a sister. Asma’s parents want her to continue her education. However, this will only be possible if the girl gets additional support. And only in this way will she be able to fulfill her dream.
Support poor children in Bangladesh with a donation
Would you like to help Bangladeshi children living in extreme poverty, but currently you cannot afford remote adoption and monthly payments? We understand this and have good news for you. You can still help!
We give you the option to make a one-time donation to children from Bangladesh. All you have to do is click the button below and you will be able to donate any amount that will be used to help our pupils.
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