My second attempt at a podcast. Before launching into continuing my series on controversial subjects, I want to make an appeal on behalf of my daughter.
Here’s the podcast but for those of you who prefer to read (quickly) I’ve added a summary text of my podcast plus the link to the GofundMe page and some obligatory photos too!
She started off presented to my readers as Thing I in homage to the wonderful Dr Seuss (whose books we were still reading to both her and brother Thing II at the time I began this blog) and also to grant her a degree of anonymity while we lived in Bangladesh.
When she became a teenager and showed a passion and talent for writing, she began her own blog as ‘Amory Powell’ – another psuedonym to grant a certain level of protection.
Now, somehow, not sure how it’s happened, she’s made it to adulthood (don’t how I let that one slip, should have been more careful I think), and before she goes to university Jess (her real name) wants to revisit the land where she grew up and give something back.
Next September Jess is booked to return to LAMB, where she spend the best part of eight years between visits and living there, and work for a year at the English Medium school she attended during that time and where I taught and trained teachers.
She’ll assist teachers there at a time where help is ever needed at LAMB. Since the Bangla government announced that the country was ‘no longer’ poverty-stricken NGOs have seen a gradual reduction in interest, funding, donations etc to help with the very real need which still affects the overwhelming majority of the country. Ironically, schools like LAMB school have helped cause this problem by giving Bangladeshi children quality education and enabling them to move on from (often) humble beginnings in village huts to degrees and even post-graduate degrees abroad to help increase the quality of life in the country. After 47 years of continuous dedication and hard work, NGOs are finally seeing the benefits in a very tangible way in the country.
Jess will spend a year teaching and assisting in classrooms on her own but doing so isn’t cheap. She needs around £5,000 to meet all her living costs, food, flights and general expenses. To that end she’s made this gofundme site and hopes for as many donations as possible. I know it’s old news to say this kind of thing but if everyone who reads this blog donated a couple of pounds, most of this figure would be raised. In reality, we know that most won’t and that only a few will give – and give generously – so I mention it only to say if you’re impoverished and thinking you could only give a couple of quid please do so. It really would add up and make a difference.
Here’s the link to support her if you’d like. And also some photos to give you a flavour of who Jess is and what she’s done over the years.
International speaker, educationalist, bestselling author and journalist D K Powell is the author of the bestselling collection of literary short stories “The Old Man on the Beach“. His first book, ‘Sonali’ is a photo-memoir journal of life in Bangladesh and has been highly praised by the Bangladeshi diaspora worldwide. Students learning the Bengali language have also valued the English/Bengali translations on every page. Two new books coming out soon – don’t miss them!
Both ‘The Old Man on the Beach’ and ‘Sonali’ are available on Amazon for kindle and paperback. Published by Shopno Sriti Media.
D K Powell is available to speak at events (see his TEDx talk here) and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org