A Visit to Proshika


On the road to Manikganj

Anyone with an interest in Bangladesh should check out the book called Freedom Unfinished by Jeremy Seabrook. It focuses on the activities of Proshika, an NGO with field offices throughout the country. Bangladesh has more NGO’s, local and international, then any other place in the world. The book’s format is a road trip  through the country where he meets a variety of people and also interviews Proshika members who are working on educational, cultural and social projects. Since the book was written there has been some controversy surrounding the leader of the organization who was sent to prison on corruption charges a few years ago. I’m sure it’s a very complicated issue.


The view from my room at Proshika’s Guest House

Only a couple of hours away from Dhaka, Proshika runs an impressive hotel/guest house and conference center near a town called Manikganj, one of nicest areas I have visited in Bangladesh.  After reading Seabrook’s book I was especially interested  in seeing the place. On the day I arrived in late January there was a family social gathering for the employees of Grameenphone, one of the largest companies in Bangladesh founded by the Nobel Prize winner Dr. Yunnis. It reminded me of those corporate functions that we have in the States.

The best part of the trip was wondering through the villages in the area and visiting a combination country fair/market. These “mela’s” spring up all over Bangladesh and provide the locals – especially the young people with a chance to socialize and entertain themselves. Inside of a huge circus tent there was quite an “interesting” variety show with young girls mouthing the words of Hindi pop songs and dancing up a storm.

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One thought on “A Visit to Proshika

  1. Rina Sultana

    Since the book was written there has been some controversy surrounding the leader of the organization who was sent to prison on corruption charges a few years ago. This leder (Kazi Fraque Ahmed) is now ousted from the ogranazation. The governing body of the organization take a decision, voted by 8-0, to axes him. Total member of the Governing body is 9. One was absent in the meeting. He is a corrapted person. He absued his power and the organization in order to make him a political leader of current rulling party. After ousted he went to the court againest the decision or the governing body. But the court is against to him. Now he is lieing and trying to hamper the PROSHIKA managenent. This book is a nice book on Bangladesh and PROSHIKA also.

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