Children’s Uplift Programme (CUP) sets out to meet the needs of girls in street situations, homeless mothers and children and pregnant women through partnering with them. CUP provides them opportunities to break the cycle of exploitation, abuse and poverty through a holistic training programme.
This training programme includes literacy courses to learn basic reading, writing and numeracy; vocational skills for future employment like jewelry making, kantha sewing and using industrial sewing machines; life skills training; values teaching; health class; parenting class; and counselling. While the women are in the training programme, their babies stay in Childcare and children are at CUP’s Day Care, where they have educational classes and other activities.
The Children’s Uplift Programme is having a huge impact on the lives of these women and children, turning them away from a life of oppression to having a hope for the future.
Children’s uplift programme (CUP) provides holistic (Moral, emotional, social, educational, health, economical) training and support for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. CUP trains women who are:
Street based sex workers and beggars.
At risk of being trafficked.
Survivors of sexual trafficking and previous experience of sexual exploitation/prostitution
Homelessness and destitute women
Women must have children or be a pregnant woman as the program is aimed (target women) at breaking the cycle of poverty and exploitation.
CUP is based in Mazar road, Mirpur -1 in Dhaka. This location was chosen because it is close to the tomb of a religious saint Sha Ali mazar (Shrine) which is a site for trafficking and begging of women and children. It is also close to one of the major bus stations in Dhaka where at-risk women and children live and work (sex selling) and begging.
TC-Faridpur Spoken English Program
Our commitment is to provide English instruction of high quality, so that students will be able to learn English that is current and applicable to today’s real world. English has become known as the intern-ational language. It is becoming more and more important to be able to speak English fluently in many sectors of society such as government, business, education, and factories. Every effort will be made to focus on reaching those in strategic roles in Bangladesh with our instruction – for example: teachers, doctors, medical students, nurses, university staff and students, government employees, NGO workers, and technical training institutions. SIM-BD’s Spoken English training is conducted by teachers whose mother language is English. (In the event that a native English speaker cannot be recruited but a teacher whose standard of English is close to that of a native English speaker is available, SIM-BD reserves this right to make this substitution.) Participants receive our teaching at low cost
We offer two types of educational activities:
Spoken English Courses : Students register for modules and will be grouped according to ability level. Some of the courses are based on books such as those by Oxford University Press. Other courses are based on discussion topics from current events or speaking topics such as those on the IELTS exam. Modules last 1-3 months. Emphasis is on listening comprehension and speaking English. Final exams will be written or oral. Former students may sign up for further modules, thus some of the students can be returnees; others are new.
English Seminars : These will be offered to groups as an introduction to our Spoken English program. During each seminar, topics will be presented according to the ability level of the audience. An asse-ssment may be done in order to plan for a future class. Other sessions will present pertinent topics such as “Proper Use of Social Media”. It is an opportunity for students to decide if they want to take a course with our program or not. Another possibility for English seminars is when a group from abroad visits Faridpur. This is an excellent opportunity for local groups to learn about English language and culture.
SALAM Training Center (STC)
Mechanical training Projects by Local name SALAM Training Center (STC) to train disadvantaged young man to become productive members of their families, fellowships, and communities and Country. Bangladesh governments have a plan for unskilled people to make skilled. Their result becomes beneficial for both people and for the country. This is accomplished through vocational training that results in marketable skills for all graduates, and through moral training that results in transformed lives of integrity, service to the communities. A new batch of 20-24 students are admitted every year and course start with a four trade’s together beginning of the year.
Although the Center is located in a large industrial suburb of Dhaka city, the students are encouraged to return to their home areas to practice their new trade. By training young underprivileged men who would have found it very difficult to gain a trade skill, STC is bringing hope to many families across the country of Bangladesh. The main areas of focus are currently Motorcycle Mechanics and Electric Wiring.
STC was started in 1980, and since its inception has equipped 350 young men with mechanical and technical skills.
SIM Bangladesh wants to initiate sustainable change in society, where our development work results in an impact that continues after we leave. SIM Bangladesh has learned from decades of experience in Bangladesh to target those development objectives that help the most needy, that produce long term change and that align with the priorities of the government of Bangladesh. Covering the needs of destitute women, early education of slum and drop-out children, vocational training, sports and music, spoken English and arsenic-free drinking water, SIM Bangladesh runs a wide range of programs in eight districts of the country.
SIM Bangladesh is a team of national and foreign workers who seek to serve this country with honesty and dedication and without bias to any particular community.
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