Swept Away

Swept Away

A whole village disappears under water, yet the community continues its schooling. Mamotaz Begum’s village is at the bottom of the river. Where there were once homes of some 350 families, among lush corn and paddy fields, vegetable gardens, a mosque, shops—only the...
NO BUSINESS AS USUAL

NO BUSINESS AS USUAL

The pandemic slashed the fashion market, but Friendship Colours of the Chars pivoted its resources to produce masks, protecting local communities and creating opportunities for artisans in marginalised communities. by Rad Sharar bin Kamal The pandemic has left...
The Key to Antifragility

The Key to Antifragility

The Principle behind Friendship’s Response to Emergencies Radi Shafiq, Senior Manager, Friendship In his 2012 book entitled “Antifragile”, the mathematical statistician Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduces the world to the term “Antifragility”, which he defines...
No Rest for the Vulnerable

No Rest for the Vulnerable

by Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Friendship Tackling the impact of Covid-19 on a country of 170 million people and frequent natural disasters, we felt that the year 2020 was not like any other in our lifetimes. We shared our struggle to contain the spread...
Crisis Fatigue

Crisis Fatigue

by Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director, Friendship The blessing that gives Bangladesh its natural abundance also leaves it vulnerable to nature’s more destructive forces. Bangladesh is formed at the mouth of two of the largest rivers of the world: the...
Guardians of the embankment

Guardians of the embankment

On May 20th Super-cyclone Amphan began heading towards the shore of Padmapukur, a cluster of coastal villages in Bangladesh. As the majority of its villagers took shelter, Friendship’s Uttam Kumar lead 30 young volunteers to repair the town’s embankment. The...
Build for the crises to come

Build for the crises to come

While we work to protect our communities and our countries against Covid-19, we need to also prepare them to deal with the climate crisis, writes Runa Khan. It feels as though nature has left humankind reeling, our sense of vulnerability siphoned collectively towards...