Bay Area to Bangladesh
|Monsoon season flooding in Mirpur 1 District of Dhaka.|
|Everyday life in Mirpur 1 District|
Day in and day out it is not to usual to see droves of foreigners working in Dhaka. In fact, most foreigners I met were in Bangladesh because they worked for an NGO and I support the work that they do. On the other hand we know that foreign aid helps supplement and support those at the bottom of the pyramid however it never reaches those that need it due to corruption and lack of transparency and that shouldn’t continue anymore. This trip to Bangladesh made it very apparent to me how aid work. Governments receiving aid are not being held accountable by those donating the aid and that is irresponsible. What is the solution? There are many tools, like social business, microfinance and there are hundreds of NGO’s in Bangladesh and other developing countries working to meet those basic needs and sustain it. Don’t you ever wonder how much money has been donated in the past 60 years to developing countries, and why is it that many of the same countries where money is donated to, seems like nothing much has changed for those who need it most- the people?
Despite all of this (corruption, abuse of foreign aid, environmental damage and disaster) meeting and speaking with Muhammad Yunus, witnessing first hand how microfinace works, understanding the methods and mechanism which makes it successful around the world continues to change lives . There is a direct social impact where women are at the center which creates a multiplier effect within the family and the economy as well. This is what makes me work even harder toward redirecting the market system to support social impact in the United States.
|Hasan from Maer Achol Street Children’s Shelter.|
|The boys at Maer Achol Street Children’s Shelter.|
Grameen Trust- http://www.grameentrust.org/
Maer Achol Street Children’s Shelter – http://www.maerachol.com/
SOS Children’s Villages – http://www.sos-schools.org/asia/bangladesh
Written by Serenity Siya Mlay