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Light to Life : Emerging Hope

It is estimated that 15 million people in Bangladesh suffer from a variety of mental health illness. Damage occurswhen we misunderstand mental illness — and its gravity. Nowadays, the tendency of committing suicide, violence, anger etc. become severe and frequent among theyounggeneration. The lack of knowledge is one of the major causes not to address this critical issue.

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Protibondhi Kollyan Samiti : Creating a new perception

Protibondhi Kollyan Samiti was formed in 2001 in Mymensingh by 9 physically challenged energetic young enthusiastic proponents who think that they are no less than any normal human. Protibondhi Kollayan Samiti provides physical fitness training to especiallychallenged people along with education.

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Bridge Foundation : Connecting Hope

More than one billion people in the world live with some form of disability and among them,80% live in developing countries. These people are also known as the world’s largest marginalized group in terms of obtaining poorer health condition, lower educationalachievement,andfewer economic opportunities. The reason behind this poor fact is mainly lack of services available to them (e.g., information and communication technology, transportation facilities, alternative education, employment opportunity etc.) which causes obstacles in their daily life.

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All for One Foundation: Breaking the Taboo

The urge behind the formation of – All for one foundation came from an awful real-life experience. Mira, one of the founding members of All for One Foundation, once visited a remote river island of Bangladesh where she suddenly got her period. She could not find any pharmacy to buy sanitary napkin and thus she was seeking help from local houses. A woman helped her by giving a piece of old cloth. As a temporary solution,she took that. However, Mira was shocked and worried when the women innocently told her to cover the cloth with sands as she has to walk for a long time. It will help her to hold the blood for a longtime. It triggered Mira with a concern that how terribly rural women are treating their period.

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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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