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maybe its discovering the roots that for years I feel I have neglected or perhaps its just escapism from a London life that can often seem pointless, regardless of motive this was my third visit in the last 12 months to a land and its people with whom I am finding increasing affinity.
The street children of Bangladesh are something that I have always been aware of on my visits (very difficult not to be), but due to maybe an inability to canada goose factory outlet do so (lame excuse) I have never really attempted to connect with and understand this community,
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I observed a range of cases, from those who were staying there fleetingly to others who
were practically permanent residents, at times it was very sad, in fact distressing the boys were visibly malnourished and the evening does bring out the ‘working girls’, what some have to do to sustain a basic living makes me sick.
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As a side note, on the way back, the Dhaka Dubai (home of the world’s only seven star hotel) leg of my trip provides an opportunity to have some form of chat with the many Bangladeshi expats living out there. The boy next to me described his conditions: impossibly low pay (when he does get paid), squashed in a camp with thousands of others.for some life is the cycle of exploitation.
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I have arrived home safely and well but my fears are now far more pressing and for those I have left behind.
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My trip was part play, part work, part research and partwell a desire to see more of what I saw but to see its changes.
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buy canada goose jacket Our first visit of the trip was to Kamalpur station, Dhaka. My co director, Mabrur Ahmed had made the same visit earlier this year in May and also in December 2007. I wanted to see whether there were any changes in the facilities available in the station and also to meet the new, and old children who occupied and some cases, ruled the station. buy canada goose jacket
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Our second visit, was to the property which RestlessBeings hopes to convert into the Rehab Centre Shelter for these children. The property was in the heart of Mohammedpur. It was the perfect location as we do not want to isolate the children entirely and give them any form of culture or lifestyle shock, we also feel, by remaining close to some of the slum communities, we can gradually nurture them via food, medication, canada goose jacket uk clothing, education, creativity and a clean, warm and safe place to stay at night. The property has two floors, with plans for a clinic with free medical care for the children residing at the RestlessBeings Rehab Centre. The rooms will be divided into bedrooms, play rooms, classrooms, offices and a roof top room were they can carry out creative projects and just relax and eat out. The property was quite run down, and requires some work, but the skeleton is perfect, and I knew immediately, it had something which we could nurture. It was raw and ready for goose outlet canada us and our young residents.
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This past week, many interesting developments have been occurring internally with Restless Beings. Here’s a quick update:
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