Linked with our presentation Kafil Ahmed – Bangladesh.

Oxfam is an international organisation, helping poor people in many different corners of the world. Wherever we work, we always try to employ local people to help us, and we fund local organisations which are working to fight poverty. The use of this local knowledge and skills means that the work is done by the people who know most about the local communities and the problems facing them. (Read more on Oxfam).

Kafil Ahmed in his boat visiting local groups

The clean water-project for Bangladesh is realised with Oxfam’s help: Fill a bucket with ditchwater, pour the contents into the membrane.water4life filter, pump for a couple of minutes and out of the tap will come clean, safe drinking water. The invention is the work of DSM employees and is intended to provide Bangladesh with a safe water supply.

DSM is a large Dutch multinational operating in the chemicals industry. The DSM Dream Team consists of membrane experts Vrinzen, Hoving and Vergossen, process intensification expert Stankiewicz and project leader Van Leeuwen. They were given 500,000 euro by the chemical company DSM to fulfil their fondest wish – namely the development of a low-maintenance and cheap filter system to provide people in poor countries with clean drinking water. (Read more on this Oxfam site).

Another project, the lives of 60 bonded laborers: 28th January is another red-letter day in the history of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). BBA(SACCS) managed to rescue 60 bonded/child laborers from the stone quarries of Haryana. These laborers were in captivity for years on end. At the crack of dawn, the raid led by BBA(SACCS) Chairperson Kailash Satyarthi and a team of young activists managed to rescue three generations of bonded child laborers who lived in extremely hazardous conditions and did not know what the outside world looked like.

For them sustenance meant constant torture, half fed stomachs and abuses both verbal and physical from their heinous employer. It was as if destiny had nothing else in store for them. (Read more on this Oxfam site).

Sorry, another site is blocked here in the U.A.E. ! It is about ‘Manub Mukti Sangstha, MMS’, an organisation working with Oxfam for some of the very poorest people in Bangladesh, The following message appears:


“We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates. If you think this site should not be blocked, please visit the Feedback Form available on our website.”


Sorry, I am not long enough here in the U.A.E. to make a mess. I have not seen it, but I guess their automatic search tool just picked up a sensible word.

The Google search link I clicked on showed:
… am going to Manub Mukti Sangstha (MMS), an organisation working with some of …
to the MMS school. MMS gave me a loan, and I bought two cows. …

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