Over the last 3 years, Unheard Voice (http://www.drishtipat.org/blog) has become a popular medium for people to visit. The blog has given birth to a writers' collective that is regularly publishing articles in the print media in home and abroad. At the same time this blog, with tremendous contribution from its readers, has covered news and analysis that has been otherwise missing in the regular media. Still, we always felt, the medium of the discussion which is primarily English, restricted a lot of average citizens from Bangladesh to take part. Not any more.
We are now starting a new chapter in the arena of citizen journalism by launching a new Bangla blog 'Na Bola Kotha'. 'Na Bola Kotha' (Unspoken words) will talk about issues of younger generation their dreams, their problems and their inspirations It will talk about economy and progress and at the same time it will speak about the unheard voices and raise the profie of the unseen faces. The Bangla blog will be maintained by mostly a separate group of writers with a bulk of them being from Bangladesh. This will not be a Bangla translation of our English blog. On the contrary, we hope to create a vibrant community via Na Bola kotha with a hope that the discussions will lead to meaningful projects and ideas.
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Visit Na Bola Kotha at http://bangla.drishtipat.org
Sidr Relief Update:
Drishtipat helped with various fundraising of cyclone Sidr survivors. Drishtipat New York raised $3000 for NGO Uttaran, a local NGO working in south-western Bangladesh. Uttaran is using these funds for relief and rehabiliation activities in 2 upazilas of Bagerhat district. Drishtipat donated money to BRAC USA for immediate relief. However, the most significant contribution was to UnitedBangladesh Appeal where Drishtpat Canada and Drishtipat Chicago contributed along with Cisco employees of USA. Also a large amount was raised through Drishtipat's online campaign. http://www.unitedbangladeshappeal.org
is continuing disbursing the compensation fund to the victim's family of Sidr. The details of the implementation can be found at http://www.unitedbangladeshappeal.org/donations/
Drishtipat writers' collective Update
Drishtipat Writers' Collective was formed as an alternate younger voice to talk about Bangladeshi issues in the press. Over the last 10 months, DPWC has produced over 40 articles on Bangladesh's economy, politics, society among other things and has been able to establish itself as a new group of opinion leaders. Their write ups can be found at http://dpwriters.wordpress.com
Drishtipat ED visits Bangladesh with Amnesty