Since 2005, MCF has improved the living standards in the Gawair slum area and created programs to empower children and adults through education. MCF has proven that with good quality education, the list of opportunities is endless.
School & College Program
The foundation has identified schools in Bangladesh that meet our requirements of high quality education and good value for money. It is most important that our children get the best start possible and continue through an education, which prepares them to be able to compete internationally for university and careers.
Our children attend the Cambrian School and College and Milestone College. These schools and colleges have been selected for their high quality standards and their dedication to develop each student at an individual level depending on their needs.
MCF currently has over 127 students registered in these schools and we are constantly seeking funding to cover the costs.
Adult Education Program
We currently have over 50 adults from the slums of Dhaka studying under the MCF English program. The objective here is to educate the adults from the same families whose children we are educating. This becomes part of our employment program, where we bring employable adults to the Gulf countries, prepare them for local employment and try to find suitable placements for them.
This program provides opportunities for these adults to earn in excess of 30 times more salary than they could earn in their own country, immediately making the family self sufficient and able to support their own children through school.
Family Support Program
We have several sad cases of single mother families or permanently disabled adults who have no potential to earn an income. But we are still determined to provide an education for their children; if we can give that one-generation a chance to escape poverty it can determine the fate of all future generations.
Generally the support requirement for these families are food packages which cost in the region of USD15 per person per month, sometimes help with house rent usually in the region of USD60 per month for a family, we also provide the occasional medical support.
Medical Support Program
Poor hygiene, lack of education and poor diet have contributed to illness among the slum dwellers. From the beginning of the program Maria Conceicao emphasised the importance of good health. MCF helped several people recover from serious illnesses by funding their treatment and medication. Over 650 children and adults were vaccinated against harmful diseases in 2005.
Until today, all emergency medical cases are addressed by MCF. The foundation also provides urgent medical supplies needed by families. The 127 children studying in the schools also have free dental and eye checkups throughout the year.