Sponsor Bought Sewing Machines for Four Families

We are extremely happy to share that one of our kind sponsors has helped four of our students’ families by buying four sewing machines. We are not disclosing his name as per his preference but would love to share the stories of the families whose lives will be changed because of his generous support.

Moyeen*who studies in grade 2 lost his father in March 2020 and the family fell into extreme hardship as the father was the sole breadwinner of the family. Currently, they are living with Moyeen’s maternal uncle and going through a lot of financial difficulties. However, his mother didn’t let him discontinue his education and told us that if she had a sewing machine she could earn a living. When we came to know that our kind sponsor would like to support some of our students and their families we suggested Moyeen’s name and bought his mother a sewing machine.

Arif* studies in reception class in Dhaka. His parents lost their jobs during the pandemic and they do not have any source of income. Our team found that family cannot survive without external help and we also came to know that Arif’s mother knows sewing and therefore, our team bought them a sewing machine with the money sent by our sponsor.

Mitu* studies in grade one and her family’s only income source is selling milk. However, due to COVID 19 and the subsequent lockdown, sales went down drastically and so did their income. The family has always been hardworking and honest. Hence, with the support of our sponsor, we bought them a sewing machine.

The first-grader Neela’s* mother is very good at sewing; however, they didn’t have any sewing machine as their financial condition was not good enough to buy one of their own. Neela’s father works as a labor and the only earning member of the family. Neela’s grandparents also live with them and after the pandemic, it has become tough for them to earn their bread & butter. Hence, getting to know about her mother’s expertise in sewing we discussed with the sponsor and bought her the sewing machine.

Our team made sure the families who receive the gifts actually deserve them and we discussed their details with our sponsor and after getting his approval we arranged everything accordingly.
We would love to thank our sponsor for his extreme kindness and continuous support to the underprivileged families. We believe that the families who received the gifts as blessings would justify the gifts and would be able to make a difference.

We are extremely grateful!
*Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

JAAGO Students Received Report Cards in this Pandemic!

We are excited to share the good news that JAAGO foundation schools have successfully published and distributed the report cards for the 1st quarter (January 2020 – March 2020).

We all know that the Covid-19 pandemic caused changes in our lives, especially for the underprivileged society and our students belong to that society. However, with the kind support of our amazing sponsors, JAAGO never left the side of our students and their families. We ensured their daily supplies of food and also took care of their education. We also kept the students along with their family members engaged and interested in education so they can easily cope up when schools are reopened.

To ensure a flawless education service, assessment is very important, and therefore, we have completed our 1st quarter assessment and started sharing the report cards with the students & their parents. We have also started sharing the report cards with our sponsor parents and we are receiving very positive feedback from them.

This entire endeavor wouldn’t be possible without the extreme dedication and hard work of our teachers. The teachers and the education coordinators had to work really hard for one and a half months to prepare the report cards. To ensure an error-free assessment, they came to schools to use the computer labs, checked the hard copies of the tests that students took before the pandemic, and prepared the report cards accordingly. All the teachers and education coordinators were cautious about maintaining safety and social distancing.

The next challenge was distributing the report cards among the guardians and the students. It was like a challenge and our Education Program Department accepted the challenge. The report card distribution event was arranged successfully maintaining all safety measurements. With proper planning, we made schedules and allowed 5 parents in a classroom at a time, and handed over the report cards to them. We were cautious about the safety of our children and their families and therefore, the safety measurements and social distance were maintained properly. Our teachers explained the assessment procedure clearly to the students and their parents and encouraged them for the next examinations. The parents were happy, hopeful, and thanked us for giving them the courage to dream for a better future.

Without the extreme hard work and dedication of our education department, the entire initiative wouldn’t have been completed so smoothly. Here, we have shared some photographs of the report card distribution event.

We have started sharing the report cards with our beloved sponsored parents and received warm & positive feedback from their end too. One of our sponsors shared his happiness with his relationship manager, saying that his sponsored kid actually improved compared to the previous year and his feeling was no less than a father’s happiness for his own child. While another sponsor shared that she heard some good news after a long time which made her feel that everything will be normal soon.

Our sponsors appreciated the initiative and the fact that we conducted it maintaining proper safety and social distancing, which can be an example to many schools that have not started this yet.

We are grateful to our sponsor parents for their kindness and to and their support to these children even during this pandemic and giving them hope for a better future. We are also grateful to our teachers and education coordinators who are working hard to make sure the contributions of our sponsors actually make an impact and the students get the best possible education.

Stop Rape Culture in Bangladesh

Rape is a popular crime nowadays. Shocking, right? Every day when we open the newspapers, it’s not that we eagerly wait for a rape incident, but there will be at least one anyway. And yes, we have got used to it because despite being a heinous crime and horrible violence towards a human being, it doesn’t startle us anymore. It’s a bitter truth, but at least this needs to be admitted to avoid being a total hypocrite cause we can’t ensure justice to the victims at all!

 

When are You Opening Your Blindfolds?

The Government’s One-Stop Crisis Center has recently stated that between 2001 and July 2020, only 3.56% of cases brought under the Prevention of Oppression against Women and Children Act 2000 have resulted in a court decision. Only 0.37% of cases have ended in convictions.

So the lack of justice is quite transparent before us, and it’s not tough to say that this kind of situation indirectly strengthens the perpetrators. Also, the culture of victim-blaming often dissuades families from going to law enforcement and filing cases.

It breaks our heart to observe how these monsters are assaulting our children to satisfy their sadist nature. But sadly, child rape has also become regular to the people of this country. They are no longer written in the headlines in bold red color. According to recent statistics from the Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, 1,005 child rapes were committed in the country last year, a rise of 76% from the previous year. And of the victims, 133 were between one and six years of age. Here the scenario is quite the same, as families don’t want to file charges to protect their ‘dignity.’

 

Why are These Human Beings Turning into Monsters?

These days social media has become the biggest platform to raise voice against any issues. We won’t be discussing today how much contribution this kind of activism offers in a real sense. Instead, we shall point to its one particular characteristic, the law of division.

On any issues, social media will divide into three or more groups these days. Whenever any rape news manages to get the netizens’ attention through its brutality, cruel enough to move our heartless souls, the platform will divide instantly and blame different factors as the reasons behind that rape incident.

Some will blame the ‘revealing clothes’ worn by the victims or any other ‘random women.’ Some will tag them as isolated events and try to protect the perpetrators indirectly. Some will try to smash the patriarchy as that’s the root cause, according to them. And amid all these discussions, ensuring justice often becomes the less prior issue to these online activists!

Today we want to state for once and all that ‘revealing’ dresses are not the reasons behind rape, hanging out with her male friends is not a reason behind rape, being friendly and joyful is not the reason behind rape, sending our girls away from her family for a job or study purpose, is not the reason behind rape. Only and only the rapist and his/her sadist nature are the reasons behind this crime.

 

What can You Do?

Many are suggesting lots of solutions to put an end to this rape culture. But how many of them are realistic and fruitful at all? So here is something we believe you can do. Because only doing your part correctly can bring a massive change to break this cycle.

Stop objectifying women; stop objectifying any gender. Learn about what is consent; learn to respect that as well. Stop victim-blaming; it just worsens the circumstance and often provokes the victims to commit suicide. Teach your sons how to respect women. End the locker room conversations, which you think makes you sound cool! If you are in law enforcement, try not to make the situation any worse for the victims, stop asking derogatory questions which indirectly implies that the victim might be the reason behind her/his getting raped.

Demand for justice, no matter where you are at the moment. Demand in such a way that can bring a change, not just to show off to your peer people! Demand for a change. Because introducing the death penalty will not change the situation overnight when the whole judiciary system remains unchanged.

 

JAAGO Foundation Making Its Way Towards a Change

In the recent rape incidents, when the whole country is protesting against the rape culture, JAAGO expressed its solidarity with the movement through campaigns to raise awareness of this issue.

Today, 55% of our students are girls who are going to be the change-makers of the destiny of many other girls in the future. Our workplace has 64% of female employees, helping us grow with their valuable contributions. But today we are worried. We are afraid of our girls’ safety. But it’s not the time to sit idly and do nothing. That’s why at JAAGO, we educate our boys so that they might not turn into a monster in the future. We educate our children to fight against oppression, stereotypes & violence. Our motto for such education is female empowerment, which is not some mere words to us; rather, we practice such beliefs in our schools and workplace. But despite taking all these initiatives, it is you whom we need most. Because only if you change, the whole generation will change.

International Day of The Girl Child 2020

11th October is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of The Girl Child. We hope this day will inspire in all of us an urgency to eradicate all the social dilemmas, distresses, and obstacles facing our girls. Let us band together and make a promise to create an environment for our girls where they can flourish and unleash all their potential.

In today’s world, it is impossible to bring a positive change while keeping a large number of our women deprived of education. But our social indifferences, poverty, and many other problems hinder our way to ensure education for each and every woman.

Education also promotes better knowledge about family planning, better nutritional knowledge for both the mother and the child, and promotes practices that lead to better overall health. With proper assistance, our women can contribute to increasing the rate of education. So we can come forward together and donate to women’s education now to create a better place for our upcoming generations.

Educate A Girl

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Education gives our women a voice to stand up against all types of gender stereotypes, gender-based oppression, and physical & domestic violence as well. Together, we can make this world a safer place for our daughters.

Unfortunately still today there are some harmful beliefs in our society about girls receiving education. People believe that they should stay at home, do household chores, and look after the children only. Due to such beliefs, lots of women have to engage themselves with 24/7 household activities from a very young age. Only you can help their young dreams fly with colorful wings.

It’s a shocking truth that due to poor sanitation facilities and unhygienic toilets at schools, lots of adolescent girls are compelled to drop out every year in South Asia (which includes Bangladesh as well). With your donations for our girl’s education projects, JAAGO Foundation aims to establish more and more schools for our girls provided with proper sanitation facilities.

Our education projects have already changed many lives like Sumaiya*, who always dreamt about joining a school with a nice formal dress and a bag full of colorful books on her shoulder. She wanted to be a police officer but never believed that she could be one. But now Sumaiya* is paving her path towards her dream with all your love & support. So come forward and sponsor a girl to go to school today and give them a platform to shape their dreams!

JAAGO Foundation has been working to provide quality education for children for more than a decade. JAAGO started with a small classroom of 17 students and has now been able to reach 3500 children from underprivileged backgrounds through 11 schools, with 9 of them being fully digital. JAAGO Foundation has always believed in sustainable development and to achieve that educating all our girls is mandatory. We believe to move our country towards prosperity our women must go ahead. Not that these are some mere words to us, because at JAAGO Foundation we practice our belief also. That’s why we have 64% of female employees in our workplace. With these amazing and talented women beside us, JAAGO is committed to bringing a greater change in the women’s education sector. We are committed to working on women empowerment so that more and more girls can come forward and join our cause.

With your donations for girl’s education charities, we dream about bringing a positive change in this world. We dream of a better community, a poverty-free country, a healthier nation, and a safe abode for all of our women. And your donations are definitely going to be the first step towards bringing this positive change.

Monthly Sponsorships: A more effective way to ensure educational opportunities for our children.

You can support at least one of our students’ monthly education costs of BDT 2000 (USD 27 / GBP 20) through our “Sponsor A Child” program. Your gift will be helping a child-in-need getting a new school uniform, a new school bag & necessary school supplies. Besides, it will also carry the cost of the weekly nutritious meal and basic medications that we try to ensure in all our 11 schools. You can contribute to our program through a one-time donation or through a more effective monthly arrangement; either way, your generosity will change many lives for good. Our monthly newsletters will keep you updated about how your gifts will be contributing to gradually making this world a better place to live.

Your Little Contribution Can Educate an Entire Generation

Little acts of kindness can make a BIG difference—that’s what GlobalGiving’s LittleByLittle campaign is all about! The September 2020 Little by Little Campaign is a five-day crowdfunding campaign designed to help all GlobalGiving partners around the world cultivate a robust network of small-dollar donors. All eligible donations up to $50 per unique donor per organization will be matched at 50% during the campaign, and funds will not run out! Here at GlobalGiving, we know there’s strength in numbers and those small donations add up to BIG change.
The campaign will begin on Sept. 14 at 9:00 am ET and end on Sept. 18 at 11:59 pm ET.   

Little By Little Matching Campaign

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JAAGO Foundation is a non-profit organization with a vision to eliminate poverty through education. Today, JAAGO Foundation supports the education of 3500 children across its 11 branches all over Bangladesh. We all know, to eliminate poverty and illiteracy forever from this country, there can be no alternative other than education. Through GlobalGiving, we have encouraged many supporters to stand with the underprivileged ones. Again, your contribution to this Little by Little campaign will help us educate our children & shape a poverty-free nation with equal rights for all. And thus, little by little we can move forward with our goal of making this world a Better place to live.

Impact of Tel-Ed Education Through Telephone

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To make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged students, JAAGO came up with an innovative approach to providing education to them in this Coronavirus pandemic. Through their “Tel-Ed” initiative, JAAGO is operating classes over the phone and short messaging service. This project paved the way for providing education to our JAAGO students. The program is increasing the engagement of students and their parents with the teachers. We have received a huge number of positive responses from students & parents.

Response & Impact of Tel-Ed Program:

Shumi * a 4th grader lives in the remote area; however her mother is very sincere regarding her education and whenever they experience any technical and network issues while communicating through phone, the mother immediately rushes to Shumi’s classmate’s house to write down the homework and continue their study. Her parents even called the teacher once when the teacher was late to call them for taking the class.

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The father of an Eighth grader Rakib* lost his job due to COVID-19 and the child had to take a job in order to earn for their living. Rakib requested the teacher to take classes at night so that he can study after work. The teacher confirmed that the student always finishes his homework and shows interest to study further.

Shuvo’s * parents left Dhaka due to losing their jobs; however, Shuvo who studies in class 3 is living in Dhaka with his grandmother just to continue his classes as there is a network problem in his village.

Teachers from Rangpur and Dinajpur schools shared that initially the parents were little reserved and doubtful about the procedure; however, now they are extremely satisfied and most of the guardians acknowledged that TelEd is very helpful for their children. After conducting a few classes, the parents were very happy to see their child study again. People in that area most of the time are technically backward and have no formal education. However, now they express their gratitude to us after seeing their child coming back to normal study life again

*Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.*