"A project to create a better educational environment
for the under-previleged"
A back-ground story by Shah M. Musa, the donor and project initiator:
During my childhood our family routinely used to spend the winter school holidays in our native village Kuripaika, located in the Lohalia union of the Patuakhali district in the south of Bangladesh. It were all paddy fields dotted with groves of houses along with trees. Everything were natural and organic, no engine, no sound, no concrete structure. Walking along the muddy (dry during the winter) roads one could enjoy the rustling sounds of the paddy crops with intermittent breezes. The beautiful Lohalia River flowed by the village and a canal branched out of it which bifurcated the paddy fields. It were serene, peaceful and beautiful. During the winter time, the people of the village were primarily busy with the paddy harvesting activities. Like the peaceful nature, one could feel the peaceful and friendly minds of the people of the whole village.
Now, decades later, for good or bad the condition of Kuripaika is pretty much still the same. Sadly, no significant improvements happened yet on the basic civic infrastructures there. The worse part is that, there are now more families living in poorer and less hygienic conditions in Kuripaika. The kids of the village facing no challenge or opportunities for good education.
I think of those childhood days in my village, pretty much everyday. Working in the Silicon Valley, CA, I looked for opportunities to help improve the lives of the people of my village. One such opportunity arrived some years back. While Intel (the company I work for) Foundation agreed at that time to match donations to foreign educational institutions and while SpaandanB, a not-for-profit organization run by people of Bangladeshi origin, agreed to do a project in Kuripaika to enhance the educational institutions there. I felt so happy that I realized the full limit offered by the Intel Foundation for the cause. I know that a project is currently being implemented by SpaandanB with the construction of a building for the Kuripaika High School. I hope in coming years, working together, we will be able to touch on improving the lives of some of the people of Kuripaika, specially by realizing the educational potentials of the kids there.
This is a donor initiated and funded project and a very good instance of how a donor can reach out and get involved with the development activities in Bangladesh.
Kuripaika High School is located at Kuripaika village of Lohalia Upozilla of Potukhali district, a very remote area where many modern amenities including electricity are not yet available. Situated in a 3-acre land, this is a co-education school of about 250 students from grade 6 to grade 10 and 13 teachers. In various phases, SpaandanB is trying to improve the overall education environment of the school by improving the following areas in phases -
- Infra-structure development by building library, class rooms
- Academic improvement by providing scholarship to students on the basis of merit
- Extra-curricular improvement by providing sports materials
SpaandanB is co-implementing the project with Hunger Project Bangladesh.