The Choudhury's Visit to Health Complex
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:46 Monday, 09 May 2011 04:29
Dr. Quasar Choudhury, M.D., an internist from Newburgh, New York, and Rokeya Choudhury were welcomed with a reception upon their visit to the MAAWS project site in Noakhali, Bangladesh. The audience was filled with residents of the village from around the area who have benefited in some way from MAAWS initiatives. Dr. Choudhury addressed the crowd and promised to put his efforts in order to improve the health conditions of the villagers and share the information he has gained on his trip with other physicians and colleagues back in the United States in order to continue the initiatives.
Benefactors of the MAAWS Sewing Training School, the Choudhurys distributed sewing machines to former students of the program. Owning a sewing machine will allows the girls to make and sell garments from their home. Generating their own income giving them the opportunity to stand on their own feet, support their families and continue on with their education. Priya, one of these girls, entertained the crowd with an original composition. She is a living testament to the mission of MAAWS: uplifting people out of poverty by giving them with the opportunities to provide for themselves.
The Choudhurys got a tour of the MAAWS Health Complex and got a firsthand look at the development. They dedicated the Dr. Sitara Choudhury wing in her memory. The late Dr. Sitara Choudhury was a Bangladeshi physician practicing for thirty five years in the United States. She was also the founder and advisor of the MAAWS USA branch. As part of the dedication, Dr. Q. Choudhury saw the first patient of the MAAWS Health Complex, Prof. Swapon Kumar Roy. They also inaugurated the tubewell sponsored by Newburgh Free Academy Key Club under the leadership of Vanessa Dispigna and Nicole Gosda.
Rokeya Choudhury, Muhammad Ullah, Head Teacher of Earpur High School, Dr. Mutalib Hossain, former student of Earpur Primary School, Shipra Mujamder, instructor the Sewing Training School and Mr. Sultan Ahmed, former joint director of the Dept. of Labor for the Govt. of Bangladesh, also addressed the crowd. The cultural program was organized by students.
|The Choudhury's distributing sewing machines to former Sewing School Student|
Dr. Q. Choudhury attending to one of the first patients of the Health Complex.
Nearly ten million children in the world die every year from preventable causes due to lack of access to necessary health care. MAAWS Health Complex aims to reduce that figure by providing primary health care to villagers in rural Bangladesh.
Over 30,000 people in the Senbagh/Begumganj area of Noakhali, Bangladesh do not have access to basic health care. The closest hospital is 6 kilometers away. Diabetes and other preventable diseases run rampant because of the lack of primary care. Newborns and mothers die during childbirth because of the lack of maternal care and adequately trained birth attendants. The MAAWS Health complex will provide primary health care to approximately 2,000 patients, mostly farmers and villagers, a month. How can you help? Click here
MAAWS plans to install 25 tube wells increasing the accessibility to safe drinking water to 2,500 people in the village of Earpur in Senbagh, Noakhali, Bangladesh.
At least 3,500 villagers are without access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Floods, natural disasters, poor sanitation and arsenic contamination of water further exacerbate inaccessibility and scarcity of safe drinking water. Also poverty is wide spread problem: 2,000 villagers are living on less than $2 a day. Many have to travel far only to get water from contaminated ponds. How can you help? Click here
Due to socio-economic and cultural barriers in rural villages, women do not have the means to obtain a stable source of income. Since there are no job opportunities, women stay at home while men work outside. Seeing families trapped in a cycle of poverty, MAAWS started the Sewing Training Project in 2002. Young women, students, housewives take a three month course for a small nominal fee where they learn every step of garments production.
Trained to meet the demands of today’s fashion industry in Bangladesh, many have presented themselves to be part of a capable workforce for the local garments market. Training with the project has now given many women a stable source of income to support their families. For many it is the only source of income. How can you help? Click here