Bangladesh “River Gypsy” Project
About this Mission Project
The River Gypsies live in the most remote areas of Bangladesh, where their crops can be ravaged by floods and wild elephants. Their neighbors take advantage of their lack of education and poverty.
Rashid, a leader of the River Gypsies, is trying to bring change to his people. In order to break the cycle of poverty, his community is working with Symbiosis and International Ministries to learn how to read and write, grow better vegetables and improve sanitation. This project will help create a self-supporting community where children can attend school. It also opens opportunities to present the gospel in this cultural context.
- $100 creates a demonstration garden to show how to compost, fertilize and grow vegetables.
- $250 subsidizes the cost for tubewell (bore) or a nine-month literacy course for 10 people.
- $500 pays for books and teaching honorariums so 20 women can learn how to read and write.
Mission Project Specifics
This project seeks to raise $11,000 to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in Bangladesh. The purpose is to provide help in literacy, sanitation and income generation for some 540 women, 20 men, 100 preschool students and 200 others in the neighboring community.
This project will be managed by Mr. Akand and Mrs. Nasima Khatun of Symbiosis, Bangladesh.
It is anticipated that this project will improve the overall education, health and economic level of the community.
Connect to this Mission Project
- Pray with Walt White and his partners in Bangladesh that the benefits of this project will continue to spread through the whole community, which is in one of the poorest of Bangladesh.
- Your donations make this mission project possible.
- To donate by check, write Bangladesh/Symbiosis/River Gypsies on the memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
- Share this information with others in your community and in your church family.
- For more information, contact Chris Marziale.
For generations, the River Gypsies earned money from snake charming, selling trinkets and other village forms of entertainment. But they can’t compete with television and DVDs so they need to adapt. The River Gypsies want to find safe, stable and socially acceptable ways of earning a living in today’s Bangladesh.