Sreepur villagers pool resources to sell life-changing charity Christmas cards

From Aid | The Guardian Fri Nov 23 2012, 18:00:27

Children learn to swim thanks to 100% return on the sale of charity Christmas cards to Guardian readers

Every day around 50 children die from drowning in Bangladesh. Yet youngsters in the village of Sreepur are learning to swim with the help of money raised from locally made Christmas cards bought by Guardian readers.

It's a rudimentary concrete pool, but it's a life-saver for the 500 children, many of whom were abandoned on the streets of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, but who are now cared for by the Sreepur Village charity.

Started 27 years ago by former British Airways flight attendant Pat Kerr, the charity helps fund itself from the sale of the cards made by previously destitute women in and around the village.

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