Voices from the field

Akhi: Wise Beyond Her Years

Akhi: Wise Beyond Her Years

Twelve-year-old Akhi is a student at one of Friendship’s secondary schools. She is one of five children in a family living in the chars of Bangladesh.  Since her mother stays at home to take care of the house and children, the burden of earning household income...

Fighting for a Fair Chance

Fighting for a Fair Chance

Friendship paralegal in Gaibandha fights for a 12-year-old girl to give her exam and stay in school by Naushad Ali Husein It’s exam day for the grade fivers. The exam centre buzzes with activity as students arrive and prepare to take the test. As exam time draws near,...

Always Prepared

Always Prepared

Young volunteer rescuers spring into action during climate disasters by Naushad Ali Husein Shahjadi Begum woke up at 1 a.m. to find the river roaring through her veranda. Before going to sleep, she had organized her things so that she could easily move out if she had...

Shamim’s Woes

Shamim’s Woes

Shamim Mia is a student of class 8 at a Friendship Secondary School. These secondary schools use a proprietary ICT-aided system that combines lessons that are pre-recorded by teachers from reputed schools in Dhaka, computers and monitors, and solar technology to power...

Mashkura’s Motherhood

Mashkura’s Motherhood

Mashkura, aged 28, wife of Abdul Hamid a shrimp-farmer, lives in the coastal village of Abadchondipur. She has grown up there, having had a happy, healthy childhood, and got married to a man that she thought would be able to give her a good life. By all rights, the...