Travels with the UN – Bangladesh (2011-12)

Dry, hot city. Wafts of diesel and food combined hang heavy in the air. Cars, motorbikes, rickshaws pile noisily back to back in densely congested roads. Street hawkers weave expertly through traffics of people and vehicles, whilst children scurry among the crowds, clutching goods for sale instead of school satchels. Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Back with UNICEF for six months, this time in Dhaka. Lots of writing, lots of getting out to meet partners from international and local NGOs (such as the impressive BRAC), as well as talking to Bangladeshis inside their homes and work places about their lives and experiences with UNICEF supported projects.

25-year-old Sapan Miah teaches villagers about pneumonia and other health matters. Parathia, South Sunamganj, Bangladesh
25-year-old Sapan Miah teaches villagers about pneumonia and other health matters. Parathia, South Sunamganj, Bangladesh

I also spent a chunk of time visiting schools, including one where I had to give an impromptu ‘inspirational’ speech to the children at their prize-giving ceremony. They were very gracious – I felt like a UNICEF Representative for all of my two hour visit there!

I also got to work with a strong, hardworking and fun communications team at UNICEF Bangladesh. Click here for one of the newsletters we produced.

For more info about UNICEF Bangladesh see here

Author: vanessacurney

International communications consultant