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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 16th 2018

November 12, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) When I say I'm in Bangladesh to work with BRAC, many people wonder what the acronym is. When it was first established it went through several acronym iterations (Building Resources Across Communities, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) but now is simply BRAC. Its hot magenta colored loco with lower case letters is familiar in Bangladesh. For its size and impact globally, it seems relatively unknown outside of this region. But it is impressive. Certainly in Bangladesh it is ubiquitous throughout all aspects of the infrastructure. BRAC is an international development organization based in Dhaka. It is the largest development organization in the world employing over 100,000 people (70 percent are women) and reaching 150 million people with its services. Founder url=h... read more
BRAC Humanitarian Relief HQ
BRAC Humanitarian Relief HQ

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 12th 2018

Nov 12, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) A little insight about the reason for this trip - something that originated from a discussion I had with Scott Burg, a long term colleague and friend who is a senior researcher for Rockman ET AL. There are three of us on this research trip: Scott, myself and Dr. Nancy Sloan, a primary-care practitioner in Portland, OR with an interest in gender-equality in medical services. Scott conducts research and evaluation studies for education, health, museum and technology clients. An area of great interest and expertise includes the organization and effective deployment of blindness prevention programs and he researches capacity building for eye care in developing countries. Through his research with India's Aravind Eye Care System, he met... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 11th 2018

Nov 12, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Left late, but arrived right on time 2:00 am. Smooth flight. Visa on arrival process works smoothly and a concierge was there to meet me with his hand-held sign. Got me to the driver who drove me to the BRAC Centre Inn in about 15 minutes - no traffic this time of night! Nice place, settled in. Meetings begin in 5 hours - fortunately here at the hotel. Now for some REM sleep!... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 11th 2018

Nov 11, 2018 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) The work on this trip is beginning in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka is ranked as the fifth largest city in the world - all very believable when attempting to get around. The traffic-congested city is known for its cycle-rickshaws, cuisine, festivals, historic buildings and the city's modernist national assembly is one of the largest parliament complexes in the world. A badly needed mass transit system is under construction and planned to be operational in the next couple of years. The bustling economic, educational and diplomatic center of the country is located in the Bengal delta, bordered by four major rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal, which makes it a major port city and also prone to flooding during monsoon season. Bangladesh is made up ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka February 24th 2018

Woolly says – Our second day in Dhaka didn’t start according to plan, Zoe had gone to bed the previous evening with a case of the trots by morning it had turned into the gallops. Having googled the symptoms and discarded Beri Beri, dengue fever and ingrowing toe nails I was left with Montezuma's revenge or Delhi belly, as we hadn’t been to Delhi and it had started in Kolkata it only left the revenge option. The revenge was awful and far worse than any horror film I’ve ever watched, Zoe must have really upset Montezuma to make her this bad! There didn’t seem much that Jo or I could do except offer sympathy and water after she had been dosed up with all the relevant medication that we carry around with us. With nothing to ... read more
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Not sure I would want to walk on that bridge!

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka February 22nd 2018

Woolly says – It was dark, and very very early, I hadn’t enjoyed being woken up at 3am to ensure that we got to the airport on time, but it was worth it when we landed in our third country of the trip. Bangladesh was once a notable centre of the global muslin and silk trade and known for its port. As part of British India, the region was influenced by the Bengali renaissance and played an important role in anti-colonial movements. The Partition of British India made East Bengal a part of the Dominion of Pakistan when it was renamed East Pakistan. The region witnessed the Bengali Language Movement in 1952 and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. After independence was achieved, a parliamentary republic was established, and the country was renamed Bangladesh. As we ... read more
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Pretty Rickshaws
Love the arrangement

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka May 30th 2017

Having traveled all night by slow ferry from Patuakali, my buddy Todd and I woke about 5AM hearing sound outside. We seemed in the very early light to be reaching the outskirts of Dhaka. Off of our little balcony, we could hear the faint sound of early morning call to prayer, it was misty and rather cold. We tried to open the door of our room and 4 of the guys who work on this boat were sleeping right outside. We roused them so we could move. Coming into Dhaka at sunrise, I will never forget it. Staring off our ferry at the awakening sea of humanity: cargo boats, huge ferries, little passenger boats, mostly rowed and steered by hand. We had arrived, this place I have in certain ways dreaded, everything I have read said ... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka February 4th 2017

After arriving in Dhaka at 1am in the morning, I took a taxi to my hotel nearby. Day 1: I spent the morning orientating myself, acquiring a sim card and getting some cash. I took a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas -- otherwise known as tuk-tuks in other countries). I arrived at my new hotel (Al-Razza) located in Old Dhaka and in the heat of the day, I decided to rest. In the early evening I headed out and wandered around to get my bearings. Day 2: I walked around Old Dhaka, soaking in the sights. Dhaka wakes up late with the streets relatively empty at 10am, but busy and noisy well past 2am. The streets were narrow and busy. Traffic was crazy and when walking around you had to be ever-present about not getting hit by ... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka November 2nd 2016

The final piece of the jigsaw came in the shape of the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, for the record, a huge great sprawling city with no real tourist infrastructure to speak of, and a city which has grown up in such an unstructured way that it now exists as something of a patience test in terms of getting from A to B, let alone a handful of other blights which might stifle the progress of a city of this stature. Population growth has been colossal, and the more well-to-do area of Gulshan is most likely where a visitor would want to base themself in order to tackle the city in the sightseeing realm. For the record, Dhaka is known as the rickshaw capital of the world, and if getting around on a cycle rickshaw comes ... read more
Chowk Bazar (Dhaka; Bangladesh)
Museum complex (Sonargaon; Bangladesh)
Their 'Taj Mahal' (Rural Bangladesh)

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka March 23rd 2016

General info: Currency: Bangladeshi Taka It was only fly visit to local airport, but maybe soon I will be able to tell more about it. / Generalne info: Waluta: Bangladeshi Taka Były to tylko odwiedziny tamtejszego lotniska, ale może już niebawem będę mogła podzielić się czymś więcej na ten temat.... read more




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