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  • Change maker: Farmer lays a road for his village

    It all began with a simple thought -- the villagers need a road to go to the nearest market, but there is none. Nor did the local administration take any initiative. So Mohammad Chhainuddin, a farmer, took it upon himself to build one.

  • Ek Takar Master

    Meet the 'ek takar master'

    Four decades ago, a 29-year-old man who had studied up to SSC level started teaching children at his village in Gaibandha for Tk 1 a day.

  • School offers more than education

    Children at Sirajganj's Kagmari char are now free from the hassle of making risky journeys to school on boats. They thank O Aa Ka Kha School, the brainchild of Sirajganj resident Dr Nazmul Islam, for that. The school not only saves the little learners' time but also provides them with education materials at a monthly fee of Tk 10 only.

  • A Man's Mission at CMCH: Tending the unattended

    Though medicinal and surgical support are supposed to be provided in government hospitals to every patient, “unidentified” patients will have to face some hurdles to avail these facilities.

  • A library for labour welfare

    At first glance, Purbo Daliram in Garagram union of Nilphamari's Kishorganj upazila looks like any village. But it is home to a unique self-generated development initiative.

  • household vegetable gardens

    Flood-proof farming

    When seasonal floods reach her village of Betil Char in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj, 60-year-old Joygan Begum knows what to

  • Bringing hope to remote shoal

    Raising children on a Padma River shoal is a challenge, not least in accessing education. For parents in Gangadhardi and three

  • Shahjahan Mia

    On a mission to change lives

    A banker by profession, Md Shahjahan Mia set out on a noble mission – to eradicate illiteracy from Nahata Union in Mohammadpur upazila, Magura.

  • Taking care of the urban poor's health

    A young girl with some documents in her hands sat in the waiting room of Nagar Shastho Kendra in the capital's Meradia.

  • Change Maker Ziaul Haque

    Change Maker: For the love of learning

    When 81-year-old Ziaul Haque was young, just one taka and two annas was all he needed to start class-VI. For his father, a curd seller

  • CHANGE MAKER, Shahidul Islam

    Change maker: Selfless friend of students

    There are stories, now and then, of people succeeding in achieving higher education despite significant obstacles.

  • People's Doctor: Consultation, medicines for just Tk 40

    At 79, Dr Basanta Roy would surely be excused if he put away his stethoscope for good. Instead he works morning to evening, consulting

  • Change Maker: Dragon fruit kindles hope

    Originally from Mexico and nowadays common in Southeast Asia and China, the delectable dragon fruit, also called pitaya, is a relative

  • Change Maker: Stronger together

    On the remote shoals in the Jamuna river in Gaibandha district, life is tough. Household dairy farms have long been pursued by village

  • Change Maker: Library on wheels

    Travel the Khulna to Bagerhat Road and in the vicinity of Noihati in Khulna's Rupsha upazila you might see the curious sight of a man