Two current and two former students of New City College Tower Hamlets recently travelled to some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh as part of a charity project to help improve conditions for refugees, villagers and orphaned children.
Sufian Kamali, who is President of the Students’ Union, along with Oly Gofur Begum and former students Marzan Alom and Jumel Miah, joined a group of volunteers from local charity Splash and the Human Relief Foundation for the two-week project.
They installed 10 water wells and sanitation units at the Rohingya refugee camp in Dhakar to provide clean water for the residents and then travelled to Sunamganj in Sylhet where they visited various orphanages, handing out much-needed supplies and serving food to the children.
After working at Rohingya, the group of 10 volunteers journeyed to small villages in north Bangladesh which were so remote, they had to travel by speed boat for two hours as there were no roads. The villages had no access to fresh water and were using muddy pond water for drinking, washing and bathing. The group built two water wells which will now provide clean water for more than 350 people.
Sufian said: “It was a life-changing experience and one I would definitely do again. We could see how just having access to fresh water will transform the people’s daily lives. We were all humbled and grateful for the things we take for granted in the UK, like running water, heat, food and shelter.”