December 7, 2017

Preparing for exams on a remote island

Standing on a distant piece of land in the middle of the haor (wetlands) of Sunamganj in northwestern Bangladesh, a sea surrounds the school. The water stretches as far as the eyes can see, with a few patches of croplands peeking through the horizon. It is the only school in an area of eight square kilometers.
December 7, 2017

Four myths about innovation that we challenged this summer

BRAC supported the Australian government’s Alumni Innovation Challenge this year, a platform that provides participants with funding to implement development solutions in their native countries.
December 6, 2017

Inside Cox’s Bazar’s settlements where childhood and laughter still exist

Almost each day these days, I wake up and make my way to the makeshift camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, the site of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis of recent times. Life in these settlements is brutal- I see the struggles of the women, men and children who have recently arrived, most exhausted and traumatised.
December 1, 2017
BLOG Youth

How to increase the world’s GDP by 7%: Employ people with disabilities

Mixed in with the excited chatter of school children and the clanging of passing rickshaws on the roads of Old Dhaka is the melodious whirring of Shormila and Shipra’s sewing machines. The sisters are both partially deaf. They can barely hear the magic that they weave.
EDITOR'S PICKS
November 9, 2017

The secret of a smart child: Plenty of playtime

This little indoor playground looks like utter colourful chaos. Blank pages smeared with rainbows and imperceptible shapes. The air resounds of age-old songs and simple poetry. There is a grown-up here, but she too is immersed in the madness. But there is a method to this madness.
October 17, 2017
BLOG Health

Bangladesh completes world’s second largest cholera vaccination campaign

When a population the size of Luxembourg moves to an area less than 1% the size of where it came from, in a matter of weeks, with no water, sanitation or hygiene facilities, an outbreak of a life-threatening disease turns from a terrifying possibility into a very real threat.
October 5, 2017
BLOG General

A Bangladeshi NGO’s herculean response to a humanitarian crisis

The Government of Bangladesh has opened its doors to close to half a million people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar in the last four weeks. Now comes the difficult part — managing the crisis inside Bangladesh.
September 20, 2017

5 ways young people can help tackle climate change

Flood levels have reached record highs in South Asia this year. Over 20 million people have been affected in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. More than one-third of Bangladesh was underwater.
June 22, 2017

The mother of ducks

Every day, right before sunset, something wonderful happens in the village of Dhonokandi.
February 22, 2017
BLOG Health

The 202 billion dollars we cannot see

80 per cent of all vision impairment can be cured or prevented. Often it just takes the simplest solution– a single pair of eye glasses.