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Women and children's stories

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Women and children's stories


IMomotaz came to Sreepur from the Save the Children, Nutrition Unit in Dhaka where she had been admitted by her father with severe malnutrition. This was associated with a lower respiratory tract infection, vitamin A deficiency, tetanus and a corneal ulcer. On admission to hospital she was five years old and she had weighed just 7 kilos. When she was ready for discharge the hospital wrote to the father and finally sent someone to the address given but they could not find him.

Momotaz had a slow start at Sreepur but gradually as she got stronger she began to flourish and did very well in school. It was found that she had a particular flare for music and won prizes at a local and district level.

Having passed SSC (O levels) a lady at a Dhaka music college took an interest in her and with her help she gained a place at the music college in Dhaka to study for HSC (A levels). She specializes in playing the harmonium and singing. During college holidays she comes back to Sreepur and plays music and sings for the children. She also teaches music classes whilst she is here.

She has finished her first year, were she did well, and is now in her second year. She is very keen to take up a career playing and teaching music.

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