Thoughts from Mabrur after visit to Bangladesh

Its taken me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to update you all of my recent visit to Bangladesh. I was during my planned time in Dhaka, so following some impromptu diary management, i hooked up with Dr Zaki our Bangladesh co-ordinator a couple of days before I flew back to the UK.

Having previously screened through CV's and Zaki meeting up with prospective field workers, a long and difficult recruitment process bought us down to 2 outstanding candidates. It was key for us to find individuals that not only had potential but also would have the technological know how to help us build our database of street children in the Dhaka region.

After a long and enjoyable conversation in the Bailey Road district, it was agreed that Shoeb and Shipa would join our organisation as our first employees effective from the 1st of June. They will undertake a two week surveillance period where they will visit various locations across Dhaka to research which areas draw the worst affected children. This will then be whittled down to 2-3 key areas where we will concentrate our counselling and relationship-building efforts.

Following this, it is aimed that we will begin regular contact to approximately 60-80 children and will begin to collate a case study for each child. We will then assess these case studies to decide which children are the worst affected. These children will then be invited to our proposed rehab centre.

We hope you all welcome Shoeb and Shipa aboard at this very exciting time that restless beings, with your help is able to establish direct contact with these children for the first time. Over the coming weeks and months, I will keep you updated as to the progress of Ship and Shoeb. In the meantime, we urge all our supporters to help us raise the initial capital required for the rehab centre as well as committing to long term standing orders in order o make the rehab centre a reality and an opportunity to finally offer the streets lying on the streets of Dhaka, hope for an end to awful start hey have had in their short lives.

We need your help and more importantly these children depend on us, restless beings, restless at the thought of them spending another night under no shelter prone to exploitation and violence.

Mabrur - Director of Restless Beings