7 Billion World

By Kirsten Williams, Chittagong, Bangladesh Here’s the deal. We’re a 7 billion people world today. But what does that actually mean? Living in North America you might not know it – the changes so incremental that you would have not even taken notice. Here in Bangladesh however – you know. You know because it feels like […]

Goodbye Chittagong!

After a glorious morning visiting Chittagong University, Kirsten, a lot of flip-charts and I went to catch a train back to Dhaka escorted by the super cool/efficient/extraordinaire Subir . We were surprised by a group of participants who came to say goodbye. You guys were soooo sweet!!! Thanks Tanvir for taking and sharing the picture.

Transit Notes

I am 1 and a half hour in my 17 hours layover in Kolkata, India. This first hour has been eventful, but I have the strong sensation things are going to slow down. To be sincere, I should be quite upset right now. I am in an absurd situation. First of all, I bought a […]

Recrear is not a joke

After a week of sharing Recrear’s vision, projects and internal organization with the management of YPSA, I am reminded forcefully that Recrear is not a joke. YPSA’s organizational history is packed with lessons for us. This middle size NGO recently celebrated its 26th birthday. Impressively, today YPSA manages over 2000 workers and receives funding from a range of national […]

ode to the discourse, the people, and the inspiration

Ok folks, time for me to go on a rant. I can’t promise I will follow one line of thought but bare with me. I sit now in our empty workshop room with flip charts scattered a little all over, some colourful post-its piled in a mess and one intimidating to do list gleaning on […]

Youth that are breaking the mold

I have to say it has been quite a privilege to be inBangladeshduring their victory day. I feel that I have been lucky enough to glimpse brilliantly colourful moments in their culture. Whether it was an art exhibition, a cultural dance performance or song – I was touched by the deep sense of national pride. […]

Late night brainstorming

It is 3.40 am and we just turned the lights off. As for every incredible day, this morning seems a lifetime away. I am trying to use this blog entry to recollect my thoughts, which feel all colorful and chaotic (a perfectly Bangladeshi mind space). Retelling the day in a few lines would turn into […]

A tale of two organizational stories

There is something quite inspiring about meeting someone who has at one point walked in your shoes. It is remarkable not for the fact that you have done the same thing but rather that you have faced the same challenges. So you can imagine how excited I was to connect with YPSA an organization whose […]

The royal Bangladeshi welcome

No red carpets or trumpets but rather a room full of 30 Bangladeshis aged 18-25 eagerly waiting our arrival. This to me the best reception of all because even after arriving an hour and a half late (train delay from Dhaka to Chittagong don’t you know), we were still warmly received with sweet smiles. Without […]