For many years Helen participated in the States of Jersey Overseas Aid Community Projects during which time the needs of people in developing countries (Bangladesh and Africa) came to be of great personal concern, more must be done.
So, following another successful experience in Bangladesh (2015) Helen decided to use the experiences, skills and knowledge gained during her career (over 30 years) in teaching and senior management (Primary, Secondary and Special Education) along with her experience as part of the Jersey Overseas Aid Community Projects in Bangladesh and Ghana to set up Together Making a Difference – to do just that!
Since setting up Together Making a Difference we have had the privilege of meeting communities living in the slum areas of Dhaka (Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh), health professionals working tirelessly on board the Jibon Tori medical ship (IMPACT Bangladesh), professionals working in Kurigram for CARE Bangladesh, NGO’s in Kurigram, as well as children and adults desperate to gain quality and continuing education in the rural communities of Kurigram.
Kurigram is located in north east Bangladesh. The district is approximately the size of Dorset which has a population of 765,700 compared to Bangladesh whose total population stands at 165 million (2017). The labour force is in Kurigram is predominantly agricultural and fishing and suffers from high levels of under employment. Literacy levels in this area are very low, below 23%
While the standard of living is rising in Bangladesh for many people in the country; the rural areas still suffer from high levels of poverty, with very basic living conditions and the lack of basic education and health provision, this is compounded by annual monsoons and flooding on a near annual basis. So continued and targeted support is still very much needed and greatly appreciated by local communities.