Thank yous

Thank you to all who joined us at Byzantium in Bristol recently to take part in the dinner, dance and auction of promises. The evening was a great success, not least because we raised a total of £5588. Thank you to those who donated such generous promises as well as those who bid so generously.

Thank you to Bowsland Green Primary School  for their donation of £162.77  from their harvest fair coin collection. This is a fantastic contribution from children and parents. Bowsland Green Primary is partnering with Olveston Primary School on various activities and we look forward to future fund raising events together.

Lastly, thank you to Olveston Primary School for their donation of £146.50 raised from their ‘Apprentice Week’ where children made and sold items.

Including the above donations we have now raised £18 871 which allows us to make a start on the health care project.

Arban is now a charity

We are pleased to announce that our registration as a UK charity has been accepted by the Charity Commission. Details of our registration can be found here.


Clothes distributed in Jheelpur Slum

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of many people in Tockington, Olveston and further afield, ARBAN UK is able to deliver second hand clothes directly to the children of Jheelpur slum in Dhaka. These are hand delivered and distributed by ARBAN Bangladesh. This week a total 51 children received clothes from the latest delivery and Mohammed Shah Newaz (ARBAN) says “They are very happy with their new clothes and a few of them are keeping their clothes for special occasions. They send their thanks!”

You can see a few of the children in their new clothes in this short slideshow.

Auction of Promises

ARBAN’s next fund raising event is an Auction of Promises with dinner and disco on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Byzantium in Bristol.

Tickets are £35 each and are now available. For further information email us at

Tockington Triathlon

Good Luck to Esther, Nicky, Julia, Matt, Clare, Natasha, Nicola and Nora as they prepare to take part in the Tockington Triathlon on Sunday, raising money for ARBAN. Supporters will be there on the day, cheering on the racers and helping to marshal the race. So please come and join us if you are able.

Visit to Jheelpur

On Saturday 18th June, Matthew Bullock from Arban UK visited Jheelpur slum. As part of this visit he was able to deliver drawings, pictures and letters written by years 2 & 3 at Olveston Primary School to children living in the slum. Children in the slum were able to ask questions about life in the UK and what school is like.

For many of children in the slum there is no school. For others, a small school has been set up within the slum to provide some basic education and for the most fortunate, school is a short journey out of the slum. Akbur (12) was able to read the letter sent to him in English, whilst Taslima (8) did not attend school at all. Arju (10) asked if there was a school uniform and Narboony (9) was interested to hear that some children could not walk to school but had to take car, bus or bike. Matthew met the children in the small school room, built of tin sheets and Nasreen (10) wanted to know if Olveston School looked anything like their school. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming.

The children want to forge links with Olveston School and promised to make some drawings and write letters about their lives in the slum. Photographs of the visit can be seen here.



Photograph: Children holding up the letters and pictures from Olveston

Dhaka is a mega city

Andrew Marr visits and stays in a slum in Dhaka in the first episode of his Megacities series. It’s worth taking a look