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Samreen

Bangladesh

Daulatdia brothel in Bangladesh is one of the largest brothels in the world, home to 3,000 men, women and children.

Sprawling along the banks of the River Padma in Bangladesh, the brothel is rife with human trafficking, underage prostitution and drugs, and is home for hundreds of children.

Most of the chowkri (bonded sex workers) are underage. Some of the girls are runaways who left their homes to escape bad situations or marriages and ended up working in the brothel as they had nowhere else to go. Others have been kidnapped or sold to madams by parents or relatives. Many were born at the brothel and see 5-10 clients per day.

The children who grow up here live lives that are hard to comprehend. Children as young as three are employed to fetch alcohol and drugs, place gambling bets and clean up their mothers’ rooms after their mothers’ clients have left.

Read Samreen’s story

Samreen is 10 years old and lives in a desperate situation that is hard to comprehend. Her mother, Safia, like so many other women in Daulatdia, is a bonded sex worker.

She is wise beyond her years after seeing what she has seen in the brothel. But when she talks about playing cricket, her favourite game, her eyes light up and she is a child again. She is top of her class at the Save the Children school.

Samreen wants to be a doctor, but without an education Samreen will have few options. She will probably become a sex worker, like her mother. Going to school has allowed her to dream.

Twenty years ago… we had no hope… not even a graveyard for our burials, but now thanks to Save the Children we have girls who are pursuing engineering and doctorate degrees.

Morgina Begum, School Principal

Children are not only better prepared to go to school, but also better prepared to mix with children from other communities.

Ruma, the Project Officer

My teachers visit me when I am sick and let me know what is happening at school.

Diana is eight and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her favourite subject is social science.

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I would like to see all of my children receive an education, so they have many more options than I ever did.

Safia is 28 and life as a sex worker is all she knows.

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It is amazing to watch the transformation in these children. When they join the program, they can barely read or write but within two years we see a phenomenal change.

We have a solution

Education has the power to transform the lives of children like Samreen. It helps people to tackle poverty, improves their health and boosts a child’s self-esteem. For children like Samreen it means an escape.

Alpona at school

Quality education

Samreen and her friends are getting an education – the first step to giving them a better future outside the brothel walls.

Supportive communities

Samreen is getting the daily support she needs to thrive. Children at our school receive physical protection and emotional support, and also the means to prepare for life beyond Daulatdia.

Healthier children

Children at our early childhood education centre receive a nutritious meal and monthly health check-ups. The primary school children receive monthly writing materials and school uniforms.

Better chances

Samreen now lives with hope. An education gives her a better chance of getting a good job in the future, which means she will be less likely to depend on prostitution to make a living.

Will you help?

The choice you make right now can help change their lives. In a few years, without your help, it will be too late for children like Samreen.

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Thanks to our supporters we are changing the lives of children in Daulatdia

239

children are attending the early childhood education centre for three hours a day

501

primary-aged children are getting an education

200

children are fed twice a day

31

teachers are continuing their training

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Samreen is a little girl with a big dream

Samreen is ten years old and lives in a desperate situation that is hard to comprehend. She was born in Daulatdia, a brothel the size of a small town, in Bangladesh.

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Daulatdia

Dark Secret

Daulatdia may look like any other slum in Bangladesh, but those who make the journey here know otherwise. This place hides a dark secret.

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In a land of lost children

Stigmatised from birth, the children who are born here are denied even their most basic of human rights.

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Our work isn’t done yet

Your donation helps to save children like Samreen. We can provide her with an education so that she is able to break free from the Daulatdia brothel. Your support will dramatically change Samreen's life.

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