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Girl’s dormitory opens its doors!

Teestakoli: that’s the community’s aptly chosen name for the brand new girls’ dormitory you built in Hatibandha – and sometimes a name says it all.

Teesta is the name of the local river girls previously had to cross to attend school, and Koli translates as the budding stage of a flower. By combining the two it signifies how the advent of the dormitory – made possible by you – now enables girls to overcome obstacles, like the river, and reach their full potential at school, sprouting into full flowers.

See for yourself how the new Teestakoli Girls’ Dormitory is helping girls break through barriers and blossom!

Breaking new ground in Bangladesh

Like the school boats you already helped provide, the school dormitory was constructed to give girls in the most isolated areas of the community a safe and stable alternative for continuing their education.

“During the last flood we realized the miseries of the distressed girl students,” Mr. Hossain, a local Member of Parliament, told us during the initial construction ceremony. “Thanks to Community Sponsorship we take this as a priority issue. Now we have a moral duty to closely monitor the quality of construction work and finish this project,” he committed.

And dedicated community members did just that.

After months of collaboration, participation and much excited anticipation the eagerly awaited project finally came to fruition.

“Our children are vulnerable in terms of development and inclusion, and this dormitory is a major step to support us to lessen this gap,” said one grateful parent, whose daughter will now attend the dorm. “Our children will develop and flourish like any other children. They will not be hampered by the social hurdles imposed on them. Thank you for this thoughtful initiative.”

Housing new hope

On the day that the Teestakoli Girls’ Dormitory opened its doors, government officials, law enforcement representatives, local leaders, journalists, parents, community members, head teachers -- and the girls themselves – came out to celebrate.

The bright, colourful and clean new facility is fully furnished with all the necessary amenities, including a kitchen and running water. For some girls, it is the first time they’ve ever had access to such resources. The dorm can comfortably accommodate 52 girls, most of whom (over 45) have already moved in, with the others to follow shortly.

Additionally, the dorm’s girls underwent special child protection training to establish new safety regulations, and the dormitory and will have on-site supervision and support from properly trained individuals like Motahara, 29, the new Hostel Super.

Motahara.

Motahara, 29, Hostel Super

“I am honored to have the responsibility to take care of girls as their guardian,” Motahara shares. “Earlier there was no opportunity for their education … The girls’ dormitory will have a major impact.”

Like other successful Community Sponsorship initiatives in Hatibandha, Motahara foresees that the dorms will further motivate parents to continue their daughters’ education, helping increase enrollment and attendance rates and decrease incidence of child marriage.

“Every year we face problems to come to school,” shared Sheba, a local student and new dorm resident. “Now this dormitory will afford us with so much opportunity and bring hope to overcome these problems.”

After seeing this project come full circle, Mr. Hossain feels confident in both the girls’ and the entire community’s ability to overcome and excel, through your support.

“The community has been tested with several challenges, and we have met each of those challenges successfully” he declared – this time at the dorm’s opening ceremony. “I am optimistic that we will successfully run this dormitory for many more years ahead.”

Indeed, it isn’t only the current residents that will benefit from these dorms. Future generations will have the opportunity to someday also attend.

“We are happy that the inauguration of girls’ dormitory was completed successfully,” 7-year-old and perhaps someday dorm resident, Parvin shares. “Now girls can stay and continue their education. Many appreciate this initiative.”

More than a roof

The new dorms give local girls so much more than a place to lay their head. They provide a place to build their futures, from the ground up – letting true promise blossom and bloom.

Two panel: girls play with balloons in the dorm and run and laugh outside it.

Thank you for bringing the Teestakoli dorm to Hatibandha, and helping the whole community flourish.

Now, let Afroja show you how her everyday has become “completely changed” thanks to the new dorm.

 

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