History of SOH
History of SoH
Mr. Wim Bakker, a Dutch man who at that time was living in Bangladesh. Moved by the number of children he saw working on the streets of Dhaka who were clearly missing the opportunity to go to school, he set up a small classroom in his own garage. In his own word…The school has come such a long long way from the little bamboo shack in the squatter camp next to the Gulshan mosque and next to our company guesthouse where I stayed when from time to time I had to go to Dhaka for business. I was working at a development project of the EEC in Rangpur, but occasionally I had to go to Dhaka and in the evenings I often strolled into the squatter camp for a chat with the friendly squatters, mostly abandoned women and their children living in carton boxes or under plastic sheets. One day I was asked by an old squatter if I could help him start a school. I said yes and the little bamboo school with sixteen kiddies was started. A real miracle!-Mr. Wim Bakker. In 2014,Wim was made an Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau in the Nederlands for his good works internationally. This eventually became School of Hope, which today provides a quality education to 250 disadvantaged children with the help of donation from the generous people of home and abroad as charity and sponsor under Vattara Hope Foundation.