April 17 2013 – Bengali New Year
On Wednesday night of April 17th, SAWRO gathered members to celebrate Bengali New Year, potluck style! The night was spent creating memorable moments within the women and enjoying food that brings back the sensation of living in Bangladesh.
May 26 2013 – Outside Spring Festival + Mother’s Day
The arrival of spring, the King of all seasons in Bangladesh is a joyous time to cherish! SAWRO celebrated the advent of spring by hosting an open event inviting all members of the community. With various songs, dances and the fair, organized by the community women, the Teesdale community celebrated the arrival of spring and Mothers’ Day in a festive manner. SAWRO also used this event to announce the results from the AGM event held the week before.
July 18 2013 – Iftaar Party
Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, who make up a great percentage of the Teesdale community. SAWRO hosted another potluck for community members to come to at sunset to break their fasts together. The Iftaar party was a success that provided food to more than 100 people and brought community members spiritually together.
August 17 2013 – Eid Festival
SAWRO held their annual Eid festival as a way to hold a gathering of people within the community to enjoy cultural entertainment and food. Members of SAWRO shared their talents through music, dances and poetry. This event was also a way to rejoice the youth summer program that was held in which youth leaders held various tutor sessions throughout the summer. Certificates were given out to youth leaders and tutees. All in all, it was a perfect way to end the summer programs within SAWRO.
December 27 2013 – Bangladesh Victory Day
SAWRO held their annual Victory Day cultural event in which members from the Bangladeshi community came together to recite patriotic poems, sing patriotic songs and dance to patriotic songs. At the end of the event, SAWRO provided all guests and participants with traditional food. The gathering was a way of making people feel like they were back home. The patriotism remains strong.
Feb 21 2014– International Mother Language day
Bangladeshis had suffered through language conflicts through a period in the 1900s. For this, they consider their language a really important factor of their culture and created a day of appreciation for their mother language on February 21st of every year. SAWRO annually celebrates this day. This year, along with our usual cultural aspect, SAWRO had speakers come in who had fought in the war for the freedom of speech and language. This was a great learning aspect for the children who are growing up away from Bangladesh so that they can get an idea of where their country came from.
April 14 2014 – Bengali New Year
“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful; in a word, more alive.” – Alice Waters
Once again for Bengali New Year of 2014, SAWRO gathered Bangladeshis from within the community for a potluck of traditional Bengali food. It was like a flight back to Bangladesh through taste. Traditional New Year songs and dances were presented by SAWRO’s youth groups for the community to enjoy.
August 4 2013– Eid Bazaar
With Eid just around the corner, everyone turns into shopaholics trying to find the perfect outfit for the Feast of Breaking the Fast. That’s why SAWRO hosted an Eid Bazaar so that the community members could find their Eid outfit right in their backyard! Several venders purchased stalls to sell the fashion trends of the years. The henna stall was also a success for females getting ready for the Eid spirit. The Eid Bazaar was quite the accomplishment for buyers, sellers and SAWRO.
October 14 2013 – Thanksgiving Fest
“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.” – Unknown
SAWRO is thankful to have been able to provide services and aid to multiple people in need within the community and the community members are thankful for having an organization like SAWRO help them get connected to jobs. To show the appreciation of this mutual gratitude, SAWRO held a Thanksgiving feast for its members in which everyone gathered together for a grand dinner.
October 26 2013 – Harvest Festival
SAWRO’s community garden was a major accomplishment this year! Women had grown diverse types of vegetables that they wished to share with one another. Therefore, yet another potluck was held in which women harvested their crops and cooked different dishes with them. The potluck allowed the women to enjoy the freshness of their reaping. This event concluded the gardening of 2013 and so the women cleaned up their plots and prepared to start another garden for the coming year.
December 20 2013 – Gift distribution
Ho ho ho! ‘Tis the season for a visit from Santa! Thanks to the CP24 Chum Christmas Wish program, SAWRO was able to provide toys and various presents to the children within the community. It was a blissful event for the children and for the women filled with smiles.
December 31 2013– Christmas and New Years Gift exchange party between members
“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” – Goran Persson
With 2013 coming to an end, SAWRO celebrated their yearly success with organizational members through a night of gift exchanges, amusement and entertainment.
March 8 2014 – International Women’s Day
SAWRO’s new youth project, Reaching to Empower Youth (REY), held their first community event to hold an orientation to recruit 40 girls from the community to attend educational workshops the girls anticipated to conduct. Politicians, guest speakers and community members were gathered at Oakridge School to make this event a prosperous achievement.
May 8 2014 – Mother’s Day
As an approach on reporting to the community the end result of the project that REY had been working on for the past 8 months, REY held a victorious event filled with cultural performances, guest speakers, and reports to celebrate Mothers’ Day and the end results of their projects.