Bangladesh Children Welfare & Education Projects

Background

On the 19 June 2011, Ven U Khamachara Mahathero of Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage (BABWO) sent out a worldwide appeal and an email to Firefly Mission informing us that the 120 children in his orphanage is facing food crisis.

BABWO is located in Bangladesh at the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a remote different part of the country where the indigenous and tribal people are majority and has inhabited there since the 16th century. The region is surrounded by forests, lake, hilly terrains, and mountains with a new dimension in culture and ethnic diversity. Eleven different indigenous and tribal ethnic groups live in this region who are mostly Buddhists.

FFM responded to their appeal and on the 5 July 2011, sent a team lead by Bro Goh Kuan Seng visited BABWO to do the due diligence. The first donation of U$7,800 were given to BABWO to tie them through the food crisis.

Since then, FFM has worked out a systematic support with their coordinator, Mong Mong Thun Marma, who is also the Charity Adviser & Overseas Coordinator of BABWO.  A children sponsorship program and various development & support projects were carried out to help the children in the region of Chittagong Bangladesh.

FFM Projects

  1. BABWO Children Sponsorship Program
  2. Donation of blankets, uniforms, food etc to 4 Orphanages in Chittagong Hill
  3. BABWO 2nd storey Dormitory
  4. SSSBO Junior High School
  5. Buddhist Temple Orphanage Dormitory Extension (BTO)
  6. BABWO Outdoor Stairs
  7. BABWO Temple Orphanage Landslide – retaining wall project
  8. Buddha Shishu Ghar (BSG) Security Fencing Project
  9. Lotus Children Home Dormitory
  10. Lotus Children Home Deep Tube Well Project
  11. Agrabansha Orphanage Girl’s Hostel and stairs

 

 

1) BABWO Children Sponsorship Program

 

BABWO 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
No. of Sponsorship 88 120+ 120+ 120+ 120+ 120 120

Since 2012, FFM has establish a children sponsorship program and has been supporting 120 children. The children staying in BABWO are children who has lost both parents or lost 1 parent and are from very poor families. Some of the children are also part of the Sangha members. Before the FFM children sponsorship program, the children will only able to have 1 meal a day. With FFM children sponsorship of S$360 per annum per child, the sponsorship allows the children to have 3 meals, clothes and education.

Through the years, we have witness that the children have grown up in health and their education results have also made remarkable progress. Older kids who have grown up and started working also made effort to return to BABWO to help and assist the younger children.

 

2) Donation of blankets, uniforms, food etc to Orphanages in Chittagong Hill

 

Through BABWO, we have reached out to other orphanages in the area and provided blankets, uniforms and food since 2012. The 4 Orphanages are:

(i) Sanghamitta Seba Sangha Buddhist Orphanage (SSSBO):

  • Money for food
  • Stationery items like Geometry box, exercise note books pens, steel made scales
  • Electric generator, water safety tank, solar panel and also motor.
  • 160 pieces blankets

(ii) Buddhist Temple Orphanage (BTO):

  • Money for food
  • Blankets

(iii) Buddha Shishu Ghar (BSG):

  • Money for foods
  • 90 pieces Blanket and 81 pieces jackets

(iv) Bangalhalia Agapara Buddhist Welfare Orphanage (BABWO):

  • 169 pieces school uniform
  • Water bottles
  • Stationeries and books
  • Desktop computer for office use

 

 

 

3) BABWO 2nd storey Male Dormitory Project

 

Building: 2 storey male dormitory together with electricity, fans, tables and beds

Benefit: 120 children

Cost: BDT2,035,530 (US$25,129)

Completion: Jan 2013

 

4) SSSBO Junior High School Project

 

Building: 5 classrooms

Benefit: 177 children

Cost: BDT2,760,215 (S$44,552)

Completion: May 2013

Sponsor: Anthony, Mei and Benjamin Wong

 

 

 

5) Buddhist Temple Orphanage (BTO) Dormitory Extension Project

 

Building: 1st Floor Dormitory Extension and Furniture Project

Benefit: 90 children

Project completion: Apr 2015

Cost: BDT2,450,051 (S$43,097)

 

 

6) BABWO Outdoor Stairs Project

 

Build: Stairs from BABWO to the water point

Benefit: 120 children

Completion: Apr 2015

Cost BDT265,783 (S$4,746)

Sponsor: James Phoon

 

7) BABWO Temple Orphanage Landslide – retaining wall project

 

Build: Clear and build retaining wall

Completion: Aug 2015

Cost: BDT974,502 (S$17,630)

 

8) Buddha Shishu Ghar (BSG) Security Fencing Project

 

Build: Security fence around the BSG

Benefit: The children and Bhante of BSG. Reduce the insecurity from disturbances outside the orphanage boundaries

Cost :BDT 650,000 (S$10,230)

Complete: Dec 2013

 

 

9) Lotus Children Home Dormitory Project

 

Building: Male Dormitory complete with electricity wiring, furniture and toilets

Cost: BDT 3,331,617 (S$57,905)

Project completion: Mar 2017

 

10) Lotus Children Home Deep Tube Well Project

 

Build: Drill deep tube well with 2 tanks 1000 ltrs and 1 tank 5000 ltrs

Benefit:  Suffering from shortage of water, particularly, during the dried season, in addition the present water ring-well from which LCH water facilities provided, does not provide enough water and the available water contains substantial iron in the water.

Project cost: BDT489,920 (S$7,848)

Project completion: Mar 2018

 

11) Agrabansha Orphanage Girl’s Hostel Project

 

Building: 1 storey girls hostel with fans, lightings & mattress. Repair to external stairs

Total project cost: BDT1,665,485 (S$27,758)

Project completion: Jul 2018

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Firefly Mission would like to express its deep gratitude and thanks to all the people who have made this partnership project possible.

  • Venerable U Kemachara Mahathero BABWO
  • Mong Mong Thun Marma Charity Adviser & Overseas Coordinator, BABWO. Bangladesh.
  • Bro Goh Kuan Seng, FFM Coordinator,Bangladesh
  • Volunteers of Firefly Mission Singapore
  • Other well-wishers and volunteers, too numerous to be named

 

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