A few weeks ago, a Bangladesh street circus took place in the heart of Clayton. The event at Cardwell’s was a benefit for Partners in Sustainable Development International (PSDI), a St. Louis-based organization that works to empower rural poor in the most destitute parts of the world.

The organization’s executive director, Virginia Klein, had recently visited Bangladesh in the midst of that country’s coldest winter on record. While there, she traveled to villages and schools and met with families assisted through PSDI’s partner program. She heard from grateful parents about the nutrition program offered through the schools, and how it greatly aided in feeding their families. But as Virginia says, there’s more to be done, and the greatest need is finding income-producing work—a concern that the organization is addressing through its poverty eradication efforts.

I’m pleased to report that the circus fundraiser will result in sending 750 first-time students to school, as well as distribute emergency food, healthcare or winter clothing to hundreds of rural poor in the area. Our coverage begins on p. 8.