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Jagaran Club: Leading a social awakening

The story began when a little schoolgirl from a sleepy southwestern Bangladeshi village fought with immense courage against the patriarchy to prevent her own marriage. That girl, Hira Parvin, now an undergrad student, has since been engaged in a relentless fight against child marriage, seen as the biggest social curse in Bangladesh now.

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Turning ‘burdens’ into assets

Selim Reza, a young man born blind in the seaside locality of Patenga in Chittagong, grew up in a society that viewed its people with special needs with very little care, let alone anything special. As he grew up, he knew exactly what it would take to turn the “burdens” into assets.

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SPaRC: Fighting to uphold women’s right in CHT

Supporting People and Rebuilding Community (SPaRC), a social organization transforming the lives of the most vulnerable and voiceless, was founded in 2013. The Rana Plaza collapse, biggest ever industrial disaster in Bangladesh that left more than a thousand workers dead and many injured, spurred some young men and women from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to stand beside women who were in vulnerable situations.

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Innovator: Transforming a habit into a festival

Every time anti-liberation forces plotted against the history of Bangladesh’s struggle for independence, the youth of the country bravely foiled those evil attempts. Innovator, a youth-led cultural group in Sylhet, is one of them.

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Quizards: Pioneering digital edutainment in Bangladesh

Young men and women and teenagers all across the globe are increasingly spending time online, looking for entertainment. Hundreds of thousands of sites are catering to the demand for entertainment and education content – together termed as “edutainment.” Unfortunately, there is an acute shortage of quality edutainment content in Bangla. Hence comes Quizards, an online platform, with an aim to narrow this gap.

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Uttaron: Helping tea workers overcome daunting odds

Hardship and struggle are the only constants in the lives of the labour communities living around the tea gardens of Maulvibazar. Even the mere dream of a slightly better life is a daydream itself. Most families cannot send their children to school because it’s impossible for them to carry the expenses of education in less than Tk100 daily wage.

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Manab Kalyankami Anathalaya: A Home for the homeless

Serving the cause of humanity is the best form of service to God – there are many who believe in that and act accordingly. Nityananda Goswami Nayan, after years of soul searching, realized he needed to dedicate himself to the service of helpless people living around him.

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Jhumful Theatre: Sprouting Human Flower

Jhumful Theatre, a youth-led initiative, triggered a cultural movement to bring positive changes in the ethnic communities living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).  The group plays varying roles in the hill tracts, making community aware on the bad impacts of child marriage,

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Choupash Nattyanchol: Holding the cultural front

Choupash Nattyanchol, a theatre group promoting arts and culture, won Joy Bangla Youth Award 2017 for their contribution in cultural development. The award was a recognition of the group’s relentless efforts to sensitize the youth, particularly those who have distanced themselves with the rich Bangalee culture and heritage.

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Durbar Foundation: Leaving no child on street

The youth of Bangladesh are often described as visionary which is not an overstatement at all. A number of youths led by Arif Rahman have been relentlessly pursuing the vision of a prosperous Bangladesh where there will be no child left on the streets.

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