A warm welcome
I have visited 9 of the 27 villages of the World Vision sponsored Nawabganj area, constantly accomanied by a soundtrack of rickshaw bells, bird song and buzzing insects. What astounds me most is how incredibly loving, humble and warmhearted the people are here. It is a common practice that upon my arrival at a home I would be quickly cooled down with bamboo hand fans and offered shade. The children are a particular highlight and the focus of my trip.
One of the main purposes of my time in Bangladesh is to test a new Storytelling tool that I’m currently developing. The intention is that it will serve to inspire a more thoughtful and insightful approach to children’s communication that aims to teach and encourage children to be story-tellers and build their own tools of communication, develop emotional intelligence and life skills.
The purpose of the Storytellers Tool is to plant seeds of inspiration that empower each child to have a voice to their sponsor and community showing their identity and world view through their words, drawings, photos and videos.
The child gets the chance to navigate through their world by using a storytellers map and cards. So far the response has been great and the children have said that it has been so much fun and they have had a chance to think about themselves and their everyday experiences in a different way.
Here are a few examples of their stories:
The big bus
“We attend school regularly on foot, though our school is far from our home and sometimes we use car to go to school. The people of our area use different types of vehicles to go to their work such as cars, rickshaw, bicycle and boats. I love to ride the big bus very much. Because, big bus move very fast and there are many seats to sit down beside the window and it is very enjoyable, I feel very happy. I went to visit to my maternal house with my family. We rode on bus at that time. We stayed there for few days, because I feel very happy there to stay with my relatives. - Ashalata, Sponsored Child
“We have four goats in our home. We have a small house. We have no cow, but we have goats. I love goats very much, they are very good. When I come back from school the goats rush towards me. When I call they rush toward me by sounding, that time I feel very pleasure. I hug the goats going to them. We have also a different room for them. I regularly feed them, I give them the water of boiled rice. I bring water for goats from my aunt’s tube well. This tube well was given from World Vision, we have no tube well. World Vision has given tube well for our villagers. When there was no tube well in our village we used a bucket to take water from the ring well.
I help my mother to cook. We drink water from the tube well from my uncle and aunty. I help my mother to do other works also. My favourite food is vegetable. In my mother’s absence I cook for my family. I can cook everything, whatever I want to take. When I’m hungry that time I cook rice. First I give onions and boil, then I give vegetables, when it is dry I give some oil again. I like also banana.” – Sukumoni, 13 yrs
“In our village people have small houses. We have a brick built house. It has only stairs to go to the roof. I love the roof it has a mango tree there. We carry water from pond and we do our works with this water. We have a kitchen, my mother cooks. My mother’s cooking is very good. Our home needs to extend with the brick construction. Our home has four corner like a square. My father loves me very much, our family members all are very good, but I love my little brother very much.” - Arjina, Sponsored Child
If you’ve got any questions about life here in Bangladesh or questions you’d like to ask the kids, please post them below.
(Please in the interest of child protection do not use your sponsored childs full name in any posts.)