The collapse of the Rana Plaza one year ago took many lives. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Biraj
humedica supports survivors of the collapsed textile factory in Dhaka
It is the first anniversary of the catastrophe of Dhaka: Exactly one year ago, on April 24th, 2013 the eight-storeyed textile factory Rana Plaza in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, had caved in. With terrible consequences: 1,135 people, mostly seamstresses, lost their lives in the debris, more than 2,000 people were injured.
Quite often, the survivors of this catastrophe had been trapped in the ruins for several days before they could be saved by the helpers, but injured or seriously traumatized. For psychical reasons, the resumption of work was and still is simply not possible for most of the rescued seamstresses.
Nazma Begum is one of them. On the day of the catastrophe, she worked on the fifth floor of the big textile factory, as usual, when suddenly the roof and the walls around her collapsed and buried her. Three days and three nights she waited for rescue, surrounded by her dead colleagues.
She was lucky and was found in time. But since that day, she suffers from nightmares and serious traumata. For Nazma it is unimaginable to work again in a big building complex like the Rana Plaza.
Already shortly after the catastrophe, humedica had decided to help people like Nazma on their way back to normality. In collaboration with the local partner organization Koinonia Banngladesh, a project had been launched, which concentrates on the rehabilitation of survivors and bereaved within the framework of different programs.
A four month sewing course teaches the often massively traumatized women comprising knowledge which shall help them, to be able to work independently after that. The participants get the cloth, the yarn and other materials for free and they can keep the furnished sewing machines after the end of the course.
Moreover, all sponsored families have the possibility, to get medical care and therapeutic measures. And the rest is also provided for: a monthly benefit enables these people to buy all vital things, such as food or sanitary products.
Because even today – one year after the catastrophe – many survivors or bereaved still don’t know how to earn their living. Many families have lost their sole bread-earner in the debris of Rana Plaza.
Like 26-year-old Jasmin Ruma. After her husband had died in the collapse of the textile factory, she suddenly had to care for her two children on her own. An enormous challenge, without any training or reserve funds.
But her participance in the humedica project gave her new hope: “I am glad that I was given this chance and hope that I can open my own clothes shop after the sewing course. Everything I wish is to be able to offer a safe future to my kids.”
In Germany, the catastrophe of Dhaka may have already disappeared of the public interest, but in Bangladesh, also one year after the catastrophe, people like Nazma and Jasmin still have a long way back to a normal life.
Thanks to your precious support, dear friends and sponsors, humedica can offer these people new hope. Please stay by our side with a directed donation. Thank you very much!
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