Nari Jabon


Reviewing student photography assignments

The past month I’ve been teaching a photography workshop at Nari Jibon, a very unique NGO here in Dhaka. Hira (pictured above) went out and made photo’s of men in her neighborhood for last week’s assignment. How cool is that!

Nari Jibon means Woman’s Lives in Bangla and was founded by Dr. Kathy Ward, a Sociology professor from Southern Illinois University. Nari Jibon serves a diverse group of women and girls ranging from Bengali medium students with some English skills to women with limited literacy in Bangla and little or no education. Over the past three years, they have continually served the needs of the women and their families. They currently offer two programs. The larger one offers English/computer skills and gives the  women an opportunity to learn to read, write, and speak in office level English or improve existing English skills. Their technology director Taslima Akter, has also taught several of the woman to “tell their stories” through blogging.

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4 thoughts on “Nari Jabon

  1. Katie

    hi Geoffrey! I’m glad you get to spend some time with the wonderful students and staff. I’m so jealous. Seems like you’re having a really wonderful time in the Desh so far!

    Eat some beguni for me!!! (My favorite iftar treat!)

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  2. Geoffrey Hiller Post author

    hi katie-

    last night i was in old dhaka with a student photographing iftar- old dhaka feels like the soul of the city. it was terrific- then we braved the crowds at new market to catch all the shopping and on to aziz bazar- the poet/ intellectual scene. that was really interesting!

    i expected to lose weight here but don’t think that will happen if this continues.

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  3. Kira

    This is a beautiful photo of Hira. Seems your experience in Bangladesh has been intense and exciting. I am finding myself this days missing Dhaka… five years living there is hard to dismiss by my heart. Just regret not have meeting you and share a bit. I ouwl have loved to learn from you some tips on photography. Cheers!

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