Pratya Pathshala changes lives of street children
Monjila Islam Mimi, a social worker, has been working for street children since 2012 to bring them into mainstream of the society through providing education.
Mimi with the support of some local benevolent persons established 'Pratya Pathshala' in 2012 aimed at rehabilitating street children to bring them to the mainstream of the society.
"By taking education from the "Pratya Pathshala", around 1,000 street children have already changed their life, trying to build them as human being with moral values. The street children now work voluntarily in various social activities, Mimi told.
"About 150-200 boys and girls are working in the organisation as volunteers. Their dedication is unbelievable," she said.
Mimi, a senior member of the organization, said they also established an organisation named 'We Can Change Your Society' in 2016 for expanding their activities for the welfare of common people in the district.
"Through the organisation, we are working to educate and empower women, help injured people in the road or train accident and rescue abandoned children giving those to interested families for adoption," she said.
She said they have already rescued four abandoned children and handed over three of them to their adoptive parents.
"Another child is waiting for adoption," she said adding many childless couple wants to adopt the boy but we want to give him under the care of a solvent and educated family," she said.
Mimi said her organisation also works against the social barrier for women by conducting campaign against the eve teasing, early marriage and dowry.
"I know that there are many women who have talents that they cannot utilize simply in lack of confidence about their ability. We are working for them," she added.
Expressing her gratitude to the local people, Mimi said each and every one is providing all sorts of supports for running the activities smoothly. She urged the well-off people of the society to come forward further for strengthening their activities, saying she wants to work for people till the last breath of her life.
Talking to BSS, parliament member in reserved seat for Feni and Noakhali districts Jahanara Begum Surma said Mimi's activities are very helpful for bringing the street and abandoned children to a better life.
Superintendent of Police for the Feni district S M Jahangir Alam Sarkar said Mimi and her team are doing a good job for women, children and underprivileged people of the society. Mimi's team is working from dawn to night for welfare of the people," he said adding that district law enforcing agencies are giving them all supports for running their activities smoothly.
The superintendent of police also urged the people of the other districts for coming forward to form an organisation, like "We Can Change Your Society". -BSS