Hope Arises has four schools with 212 child students and 75 women student in the Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts in southern Bangladesh. The schools are small by size to place them in the heart of the villages where the children live. Bangladesh government does not provide transportation for the children to school, hence the schools have to be in walking distance from their homes in order for the children to have access to education.
Bangladeshi population is +92 % Muslim and the minority Hindu children have less opportunities for education. The Bangladeshi government has not established school in the poor villages where our children live.
Hope Arises Napora village
The first Hope Arises school was established on February 1st, 2021 in the Napora village with 53 students enrolled. The age range is wide from 6 years to 15 years. This due to the unfortunate situation that even the 15 year old girls have never had access to education before Hope Arise arrived in Napora village.
The school building is very basic with one class room and personal hygiene facilities. The precious donations are used for education at this point, not to fancy buildings. Children sit on the floor because that is the custom in Bangladesh.
Hope Arises Babu Para village
The second school was established in October 2021 in the near by Babu Para village with 53 students. The main income in Babu Para is fishing. The fathers may be at sea 4-6 months a year. The prevailing faith tradition in the village is Hinduism.
According to its operating principles and values at least half of the student body is always girls. When families have to choose who to educate, they often choose to educate the boys reducing the opportunities for the girls to gain access to education.
Hope Arises Ramani Pahar village
Hope Arises Ramani Pahar has 50 students. These children come from very poor conditions and all ethnic backgrounds. Without education they have no ways out of the generational poverty their parents and grandparents have been enslaven by.
At Ramani Pahar we have extended our curriculum to 25 mothers of our students. These mothers have never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. They are marginalized due to this handicap. They feel vulnerable because they cannot read the the documents they are asked to sign.
Hope Arises Satgar Para
The school is located on a beautiful river side property with lots of room for the students to play during recess. Once the landscaping has been completed the yard will have a small mango tree orchard. A lush river bend and vegetable garden on one side and bamboo farm on the other side frames the school very attractively.
We are so happy to have talented Janatul Fardosh as the teacher of the school. She grew up in Satgar Para village.
We have 55 student enrolled and they will meet in two separate groups to enhance the learning experience. In the pictures, they are all together to celebrate the commencement exercise. The students come from landless families whose main source of income being agricultural day laborers at the nearby fields. Landless means that they do not have a piece of land to grown basic food supplies but are dependent on salary income to provide for the family.