On Jan 1st both the DCI and SHU teams traveled overnight by boat to southern Bangladesh to the Patuakhali region. This is where DCI has numerous projects and over 450 sponsored children (Sun Child initiative). During our stay at the DCI project house we visited numerous recipients of DCI programs including the eye surgery initiative, pre-k school, primary school, women’s community group and pre-k eye exam. Teaming up with the local kids, we all had a lot of fun playing badminton. To our surprise we got to stay an extra day due to the boats going on strike. This delay gave us an extra day in the rural countryside, which to us, was a pleasant addition to the schedule.
Part of the SHU Bangladesh service program was to commit funds to a DCI project. DCI requested funding for a deep well pump for their DCI project house in Patuakahli. This project not only benefits DCI staff and students, but was huge plus for the SHU group as we were very happy to have clean running water where we stayed for 4 nights.
Another contribution requested by DCI was for the SHU group to provide their teachers and tutors with a workshop in teaching methods and basic English. We did this in two sessions that lasted two hours. There were over 70 teachers and tutors in attendance. During the breakout activities the SHU students worked in small groups providing English instruction.