A group of young people from Camden Youth Access Point (SCYAP), part of Camden Council's Integrated Youth Support Service and the Shampan Foundation young ambassadors visited Bangladesh in January 2015. Along with 3 workers they spent 2 weeks visiting and working on projects ranging from tomato farming, a tea garden and tree plantations to volunteering in a female orphanage, disability and drug rehabilitation projects, archery and football.
A total 18,000 pounds was raised to fund this project over a period of 9 months through numerous fund-raising events and donations.
Some of the main trip highlights included;
- volunteering at the Bangladesh Female Academy (BFA) in Derai, Sylhet.
- meeting with Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, the Education Secretary, Home Secretary and the Youth and Sport Secretary to understand how the government and education system function
- Once in a life time opportunity to work in partnership with young people in another part of the world
- Develop organisation, communication, teamwork, time management and listening skills
The young people who participated in the trip had an invaluable experience and thoroughly enjoyed their trip. Prior to the trip to Bangladesh we have also worked with a group that volunteered in Cape Town, South Africa. We are now working with a group to carry out volunteering work in Brazil in 2016. Below are some Quotes from some of the participants:
'Honestly words cannot describe how grateful and honoured I felt to be a part of such a beneficial journey. Loved and enjoyed every single part of this project, came back humbled and appreciative of life and this is just the beginning'. Hafsa Sheik
'The trip was once in a life time opportunity. I was able to be part of something so real. I will forever remember that my dreams and aspiration are possible and can be achieved. This project has given me the chance to reach out to the global community'. Jennifer Thomas
'I am glad I was part of this amazing experience which is rare. Nearly half of the group members were females which was also great. Raising the money was hard work, but the trip was beyond what we have imagined. I have learned so much and would like to continue to be part of something similar. Thank you to the staff team at SCYAP'. Eileen Rahimi
'The trip to Bangladesh was an eye opener to say the least. The great Shampan Foundation has given us an experience that had us wiping our tears. The foundation has taken us in a tour where we witnessed first-hand programme they run for the unprivileged, poverty stricken and less educated young people. As an aspiring law student who wishes to enter such fields like Human Right to gain this experience was simply incredible'. Abderahmane Kherbouche
“I found out what was happening and how people are being benefited from our money and our work, it was really good”
– Jabin Ali visits tea garden and girls sports development project, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
"It's a chance for me to get involved and explore more of Bangladesh".
- Mugibur Rahman attends end of term awards ceremony at Tea Gardens, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Good luck to Jahedur, Lynette, Lorna and Rubel. They will be representing the Foundation on the 10k charity run. Help us to help others, please donate and sponsor us.
2 members of the archery team win gold and silver representing Sylhet district in their first national tournament.
16 girls from the Foundation chosen by the Bangladeshi Football Federation to represent Sylhet district in the national tournament.