My name is Halima. I am about 25 years old. I am the 4th among my siblings and was born without a left hand. Many years ago, my family came to Chattagram in search of better livelihood. But my father only found work as a day labor and had to work very hard. By the time I was born, two of my brothers and sisters were already married and had their own families to look after with their earnings. My parents could not aﬀord to send me to school and wanted to marry me oﬀ, like my sister, but was always worried about our hardship and my disability. I badly wanted to study and my parent’s inability caused them a lot of frustration. I continued to dream. One day, I came to know about UCEP Bangladesh and became excited to learn that it provides free education to children like myself. I went there and got admitted in grade three in its general school Then I have received technical training in Garments Finishing and Quality Control (GFQC) trade. But even after my certiﬁcation, I found it extremely diﬃcult to get a job because of my disability. But I did not give up trying. I wanted to get a job in one of the factories in an Industrial Area because I had heard that the beneﬁts are good. The Job Placement Oﬃcer of UCEP Bangladesh spoke with the authorities and submitted all the required papers on my behalf. The authority gave me appointment as a regular worker after speaking with me and seeing my interest to work. The factory had transport support for its staﬀ, which helped me greatly. I now earn about US$ 100 with other allowances. I am conﬁdent that through my hard work and dedication, I will be gradually able to earn more. I am happy that I am not a burden anymore and can now even help my parents.
My name is Shanta. I had dropped out of primary school due to poverty but was able resume my studies through UCEP Bangladesh's General Education Schools because they are free. I completed class VIII and received technical training in UCEPs Technical School. I dreamt to complete my higher education so I completed a Diploma in Engineering from Barisal and then applied for a scholarship for further studies. I have qualiﬁed and will be going to China this October for three years. I am grateful to UCEP Bangladesh for helping me fullﬁll my dream.
My name is Tariqul Islam. I am a student of Electrical Industrial and Maintenance (EIM) trade and dream to be an Entrepreneur. I live in Sylhet. My father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. I am the 2nd son of my parents and was born without a leg. I have two younger brothers and an elder sister. After passing my Secondary School Certiﬁcate (SSC) examination, I could not continue my studies due to my father’s ﬁnancial crisis. I was very sad and frustrated. I had nearly lost hope but then heard about UCEP Bangladesh and its free trade courses. I have enrolled in the course and hope to become competent within six months. UCEP Bangladesh’s Job Placement Team will help me get a good job, by which I want to sharpen my skills and save some money. I hope that I will get support from UCEP Bangladesh’s Enterprise Development team to help me set up my business with further training and access to ﬁnancial support. One day, through my business, I dream to be able to support helpless children and youth in my community.
Sree Kolpona Patro
I am Sree Kolpona Patro. I have an impairment in my leg since birth. I was born into a poor family in Sylhet and have a sister. My father is a mason and my mother looks after our family. I could study till grade VII but could not continue because of poverty. Our neighbors had always looked down upon me and I did not have any friends because I have an impairment and I felt belittled further when I had to stop my studies. One day I noticed an advertise- ment through a leaﬂet about admission in UCEP Bangladesh's technical school in Sylhet in the Industrial Electrical Maintenance trade. I got admission and completed the course successfully. After certiﬁcation, the Job Placement team of UCEP Bangladesh -mSylhet Region provided me a job at Hobigong Industrial Park (HIP) as an Assistant Electri- cian (Maintenance). I have started with a salary of about US $ 100 and am very happy. My employer is pleased with my work and sincerity and my family is very proud of me. I have now become a role model in the community and neighbors who ignored me earli- er shows me as an example of success to their children.