H R D P

HRDP (Human Resources Development Project) is a project started in 2001, partnered with RED International, to help develop the country of Bangladesh. We are locally run with partners in the USA and Europe. 

Besides running schools, we run literacy classes for men and women, tailoring workshops, and assist fistula patients to get surgery and go through an entrepreneurship program. 

Our strategy is to help communities with the community members. Many of the teachers we train come from the same villages they are stationed to teach at. The literacy classes are held in the community leaders' homes and community centers. 

Our goal is to use education to stop child labour in Bangladesh by empowering families in poverty.

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We always work with the Community

because we know it is through the leaders that lasting change happens. The man in this photo is a village leader who partnered with us to start a women's literacy class from his home.

 

Cigarette rolling, loom factories, and brick making

are the most common jobs families in poverty have.

Every kid that works in one of these jobs misses school on a daily basis. If they are not able to complete a third-grade level of education they are not allowed to enter the public school system in Bangladesh. 

HRDP specifically goes to villages where entire families are having to work, and creates schools that will allow any child to finish a 3rd grade level education.

Before a school is built, HRDP has a three-step process. 1. Get the support of the village leaders. 2. Choose a member from the community to be trained as a teacher. 3. Work with the community to find a space to run the school.

Once the school is started, HRDP divides the schools up to be monitored by our staff every six months.

We understand that a school does not solve the basic reality that their family needs to make a living. That is why we also start entrepreneurship classes for women, literacy classes for adults, and training centers for young adults in the cities.

 
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The Bangladeshi super couple

"Everyone giggled as I took their photo. "

 

(the couple is pictured in the photo above)

 

 

Everyone giggled as I took their photo. It is not common for a married couple to show affection in public in the remote villages of Bangladesh. Even taking a photo of the couple together made her cover her smile and everyone else giggle with nervous excitement. 

This man and woman is our Bangladeshi super couple. She teaches a literacy course for women and he teaches secondary students in the school. His Father, a leader in the village, has given two rooms to be used for the women's literacy classes. 

The interview was short because the sun was setting and the women had to go home to prepare fires for dinner, but the power of their story was not untold. They are a couple all couples wish to be. They share a common vision to empower their community, and they are working together to make that happen. 

It ended with a smile and a quick glance from the husband to the wife.