Progoti started in 1973 as a local club for cultural events to create mass awareness about cultural heritage. During Bangladesh's struggle for independence the club members of the club were patriotic freedom fighters.
Progoti has brought together a number of different people for us to meet and we discuss their livelihoods and supply chains. Similar issues brought up in other communities come to the fore here. No access to markets, unfair prices for crops, discrimination against minorities. There are three minority women present who as day labourers earn less than 60 taka/day= less than half a dollar), whereas male labourers earn double that amount (120 taka/day).
We spend time analysing their supply chains and gaps in the system. Given that they are a varied and loose group of people, there is no one solution for this group to propose. What we do go away with is that they all need better information systems and that Progoti would be well served if it could coordinate its environmental awareness raising efforts into a centralised knowledge repository that could be used by way of knowledge brokers during normal times and be particularly effective during times of crises such as cyclones.
Before we leave the region we visit a 700-year old mosque in an orphanage and the remnants of a thriving 'old city' that once existed in this area.
|Cue-ing for food @ orphanage|