Dhaka’s Dusty Streets

Sprawl, dust and chaos are words that screech to mind wandering through the streets of Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital with 17-million inhabitants. Amidst the cacophony of sounds, smells and crowds of hawkers offering everything from blessed amulets to freshly butchered meat still bleeding and … Continued

The Merchant(s) of Savar

Shops and street vendors line the streets of this bustling city, an hour away from Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. Some have established stands built into buildings, almost like a take out stand in the US. Others spread a blanket on … Continued

Being a kid in Bangladesh. Not always fun and games.

Each culture defines childhood differently. For us in the west, childhood doesn’t usually entail work – maybe a paper route or lemonade stand – and real employment doesn’t start until high school. Yet for many countries in the developing world, … Continued

Perfection to a Tea

A photo of the fileds in Srimangal, Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Tea Research Institue.  

Tasty Tea Country Treats

Sun baked villages blend into tea plantations like the rows of crowded tea-trees striped through the Bangladeshi countryside. At the end of a dusty road, just before a three-way Y intersection sits a small shack with bolts of light crackling … Continued

The Road to Bangladeshi Tea Country

Tea in south Asia is serious business. Everyone know’s India’s Darjeeling teas, but Srimangal? Across the border in north eastern Bangladesh, Srimangal is a dusty town surrounded by rolling fields and tea plantations that produce some of the worlds most delicious … Continued

Another Brick in the Bangladeshi Wall: Part 2

An estimated 15 billion bricks are produced in Bangladesh each year by an industry that employs nearly 2,000,000 workers during the peak season and 800,000 during the off-season. At the nearly 1,200 brick kilns surrounding Dhaka, workers often live in … Continued

Roots of Hope

Hope often finds itself in the most dire of places and Dhaka’s School of Hope takes no exception. Planted in a slum in the city’s northern edge and surrounded by mosquito-filled marshes and grinding poverty, the School of Hope nourishes … Continued