Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

Phulmoti: Guardian of the Seeds

In the rural regions of Bangladesh, such as the hard-to-reach chars in the north of the country, women are seen as the guardians of seeds.  Women play the primary role in the preservation of seeds from the time they are harvested and stored until they are planted in...
Chandra Banu: Never Too Late

Chandra Banu: Never Too Late

When Chandra was a girl, she lived in a char (riverine island) so remote that she did not have any access to education. In her village there were no schools, or even opportunities to learn in an informal setting. She lived most of her life without even knowing how to...
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...
Mobile medics

Mobile medics

Friendship medics-aides deliver doorstep healthcare using mobile app by Naushad Ali Husein Shahjahan, 40, is suffering from severe diarrhoea. Given the nearest hospital is a four-hour journey over river and land, Shahjahan’s condition could easily prove fatal without...
A Brave New World

A Brave New World

by Runa Khan, back from Davos Davos, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, is a gathering of the cream of market leaders who are driving the change in our world today. Over 3,000 leaders in different fields and 53 heads of state, attended its 50th iteration...

I got an A+

Results time has traditionally been a time for celebrations at Friendship schools, since our students are used to outperforming their peers around the country in spite of their relatively underprivileged circumstances. “The char is not like cities at all,” says Jamila...
Socrates in School – an ethical education

Socrates in School – an ethical education

Artwork by 10-year-old Samima, student of a Friendship Learning Centre in the Rohingya refugee camps. Building people with character is core to strengthening the future of our planet by Claire Hamid Many of us learn ethics simply through the inevitable turbulence of...
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,...
Happy New Year 2020 – Sticking to our Values throughout

Happy New Year 2020 – Sticking to our Values throughout

by Marc Elvinger, Chairman Friendship Luxembourg Chères amies, chers amis, Dear Friends of Friendship (English translation below) En me joignant de tout cœur à ses vœux, je partage avec vous (même si certains d’entre vous auront déjà pu le recevoir) le message de...