Rovers from Bangladesh Scouts and CJK – which stands for Scouts of China, Japan and Korea, reached out to communities in Jamalpur district, Bangladesh in mid February 2014. They did awareness campaigns on primary health care, sanitation and garbage disposal.
This on-going partnership project aims to provide opportunities for Rover Scouts from Scouts of China, Korea, Japan and Bangladesh to work on an environment project and doing community service in villages while fostering friendship.
Rovers from Taiwan arrived in Dhaka on 11 February, followed by Japan and Korean contingents. Before the work camp, International Commissioner Md. Mozammel Haque Khan welcomed the CJK Rovers Bangladesh.
Work camp started in Jamalpur where Rovers visited 600 houses in Rashidpur, Mainpur and Sharifpur villages as part of their house-to-house campaign.
As a way to promote primary health care, they distributed 90 sets of sanitary latrines, 600 packets of vegetable seeds, 600 soaps, 600 pieces of nail cutters, 1200 toothbrush, 600 toothpaste, 260 pairs of sandals and put up 2 tube wells and one Tara pump that will provide safe-drinking water to the community. They also collected garbage around the villages and taught the community how to use incinerators for garbage disposal.
They built Booth Demonstration program in Rashidpur High School and Sharifpur Community Clinic where about 1500 people came.
One of the booths is for primary health care where Rovers talked about the importance of hand washing and explained the nutrition board for pregnant women. Also, in this booth, 700 people received health check-up and medicine.
At the cultural booth, Rovers were in their national costume and demonstrated different traditional games using recycled plastic bottles and other materials.
Part of the work was distributing 1,000 saplings and planting 200 saplings at the premises of Scout Bhaban building and the road sides of Jamalpur.
Rovers enjoyed the educational tour at the Jamuna Fertilizer Factory in Jamalpur and the cultural performances every night with local officials and guests.
-- Md. Toufiq Ali, APR Correspondent, Bangladesh Scouts