EKOTA Care Trust Ltd was established in 29 April 2013 and registered on 18 March 2014 by concerned Members of the local BAME community, especially the Bangladeshi community, who recognised that a number of residents in target boroughs and areas had specific needs.
British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities are living segregated lives, according to a study by a leading think tank released on 20 May 2015.
The findings, by the Demos cross-party policy think tank, show that almost 60% of British Bangladeshi and Pakistani live in the top quartile of the most segregated areas in England.
The employment rate for British Pakistani and Bangladeshi people is 49%, compared with 73% for white Britons.
Demos also found that only 6.4% of British Pakistani and 5.5% of British Bangladeshi students in England receive three A*-A grades or better - roughly half the number of white British and Anglo-Indian students.
Bangladeshi communities continue to face entrenched poverty and an intensifying disconnection from mainstream life. This is a serious social situation that must be dealt with by al the forces for good led by the Bangladeshi community itself and a more enhanced role for Bangladeshi women.
Other evidence shows that our beneficiaries’ especially Bangladeshi people travel to other boroughs to make use of services such as Saturday Supplementary School, Evening supplementary school, ESOL classes, Citizenship classes, Employment workshops, Drop in and telephone advice, Volunteer placements and Outings and one off family events that other charities provide.
Our beneficiaries are the BAME community, especially the Bangladeshi community, members including particularly those isolated, deprived, vulnerable, with disabilities living in the target boroughs of Newham and Barking & Dagenham. We however expect beneficiaries from other parts of London.
The BAME community, especially the Bangladeshi community, in particular the elderly and the disabled face and experience difficulties in accessing education, training, social and welfare opportunities due to language, cultural and economic barriers. These barriers can limit their horizons which is profoundly affecting their quality of life.
In Newham, Barking and Dagenham, our BAME beneficiaries are 72.4% and 45% respectively. The proportions that are 65+ are 6.8% and 9.6% respectively. As migrant population they are from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria. Most of them live in properties they have rented from Private Landlords or from Local Authority or Housing Association.
Their male and female life expectancies are 78.5%:82.6% and 77.7%:82.4% respectively. Although their health scores are not significantly different from the national scores, the problem is that they could be better.
Life satisfaction score of 7.3 and 6.9 could be higher and healthier. Worthwhileness score of 7.7 and 7.3 could be higher and healthier. Happiness score of 7.5 and 7.0 could be higher and healthier. Anxiety score of 2.7 and 3.6 could be higher and healthier.
Overall the health of the BAME community, especially the Bangladeshi community, could be better than it currently is.
Although children’s achievement of 5 or more A*- C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and Math of 55.7% and 55.8% is lower than the national achievement (56.8%) for Newham, the achievement of Barking and Dagenham is better than the national achievement. But children’s achievement for both Newham and Barking and Dagenham are lower than the London achievement of 61.8.
There is room for improvement to increase the achievement of children to the level for London.
There is a vital need for an organisation like EKOTA developed, run and evaluated by BAME members primarily of the Bangladeshi community, who want to help, on a charitable basis, to grapple head on with these structural and serious challenges facing British society.