Bathia

‘My rickshaw is my business’

dinsdag, juni 25, 2013

The street scene of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is all about activity from early in the morning until late in the evening. A gigantic moving mass is constantly busy with all kinds of activities. Like ants in a huge ant nest the youngsters as well as the elderly march up and down. There are beggars, street vendors, rickshaw drivers and mobile merchants. The small entrepreneurship is booming in a country that still today is one of the poorest in the world. Take for example Bachu Islam, a rickshaw driver who can... 

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Column: Crisis as opportunity

dinsdag, juni 25, 2013

The world is groaning under the economic crisis for more than five years now. Banks and businesses are shaking at their very foundations. The uncertainty among the population grows. And out of fear, consumers don’t dare to spend their money anymore. But it gets worse: because of the crisis, human rights are more neglected than ever. Underdeveloped countries threaten to sink deeper into poverty and conflicts. In the meantime we also have to deal with another unmistakable crisis affecting climate, energy and food. ‘So,... 

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From street urchin to development worker

dinsdag, juni 25, 2013

After he was adopted, he vowed to one day open his own orphanage. In Bangladesh, the country where he himself lived on the street for nearly two years, he didn’t open one, but two orphanages. And he didn’t stop there. “My dream to do something for my country of birth has come true”, Motalib Weijters tells us with a big smile. He returned, he saw and he conquered. Motalib does not know exactly how old he is. “About 37. When I saw my mother again in 1994 after seventeen years, she told me that I was born two... 

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Himba, the red people of Namibia

dinsdag, januari 15, 2013

In spite of the marching globalization, there are still populations who succeed in living their life according to ancient traditions. Such as the Himba people, an indigenous tribe who predominantly live in the dry ‘Kaokoveld’ in north-western Namibia. For 1We Unlimited, photographers Geurt Besselink and Mirjam Langelaar spent one day with these red people of Namibia. As we enter the kraal, a young woman watches us suspiciously and then she continues her work. She crushes a lump of red stone into powder. Her... 

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Pure life in the middle of nowhere

vrijdag, november 9, 2012

Poverty has many different faces. In an over-populated city like Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, it is simply harrowing. The uncountable street children, pedlars and beggars -with or without lease babies used for begging- just try to survive every single day. Once outside the chaos of the city the poverty looks different, milder. Like in Kishoreganj, one of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. A green oasis or just appearance? As soon as we leave Dhaka, the landscape changes immediately. Overflowing city roads make place... 

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Himba, the red people of Namibia

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In spite of the marching globalization, there are still populations who succeed in living their life according to ancient traditions. Such as the Himba people, an indigenous tribe who predominantly live in the dry ‘Kaokoveld’ in north-western Namibia. For 1We Unlimited, photographers Geurt Besselink and Mirjam Langelaar spent one day with these red people of Namibia. As we enter the kraal, a young woman watches us suspiciously and then she continues her work. She crushes... Read More

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Water & Rubbish

Six guys invent solution to water problem

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Six guys. One dream: per year one million people in Africa provided with clean drinking water. It looks like an exciting boys adventure, but for the six Dutch entrepreneurs it is deadly serious. “Water is life”, says Ton Koens, Chief Technical Officer of Multi Purpose Industries (MPI). “Without safe drinking water a child can’t grow […]

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Exciting Brazil

Jardim Gramacho, the waste land of Rio

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Jardim Gramacho is known as one of the biggest landfills in the world. 7,000 up to 12,000 tons of garbage arrive daily making up 70% of the trash produced by the metropolitan of Rio de Janeiro. The gigantic dumpsite is an economy itself. In 1970 the landfill was established as a sanitary waste facility. During […]

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Adventurous Kenya

‘Girls are the future mothers of Kenya’

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She has an untamable passion for running and a clear mission: the emancipation of African women. Top athlete Lornah Kiplagat uses her world fame and prize money to give Kenyan athletes the opportunity to develop their talent. The four times world champion wants more than ‘only’ winning gold medals. She hopes to start building the […]

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1We-TV

1We-TV: It starts with water

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Six crazy guys, a white container and a world issue to solve. These three elements form the thrilling storyline of the TV program ‘IT STARTS WITH WATER’. In this dynamic documentary 1We-TV follows six Dutch entrepreneurs in Kenya who face the challenge to find a solution for what seems to become the largest world problem […]

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