But as soon as night falls, she replaces her sari with a colourful salwar kameez and swaps the bucket on her arm for a row of shiny bangles, ready to take the stage. Alpina acts in a popular theatre group that regularly travels across the northern villages of Bangladesh.
“When you lose your face, you lose the whole world,” said Feroza Begum with tears in her eyes. “[People] always turn around to look. Some kids shout, some follow, some hide.” Feroza is a survivor of acid violence. But her courage and strength through her hardship is what has earned her the title of joyeeta, the Bengali word for winning woman.
People of certain five Upazilas of Bangladesh have recently started writing much more applications than usual. In last one year, they have written more than 1000 application and that too seeking information from government offices. For a regular village of Bangladesh that is an unusual phenomenon.
Utilizing a grassroots approach to development is something that BRAC does incredibly well. Given the breadth of BRAC’s reach, undertaking grassroots best practices has proven to be a cost effective way of spreading the messages BRAC desires to send its constituents worldwide. During our field trip to Rangpur, Bangladesh we were able to witness an excellent example of grassroots engagement: Popular Theater.
Below is a post by Renee Woliver about SIT Professor Jeff Unsicker, who recently conducted assessment of BRAC's Advocacy Unit in Bangladesh. SIT Professor Jeff Unsicker recently returned from Bangladesh where he completed a Rapid External Assessment of the Advocacy Unit of BRAC – one of the world’s largest and most respected development NGOs. He also facilitated a four-day training on advocacy for 20 staff in the unit and several other BRAC programs. Jeff teaches policy analysis and advocacy courses at SIT. Read his complete bio.