1. Per Bohlbro says:

    How can I participate in protesting against this disaster.
    I work in a prison for asylum seekers with people also from Bangladeh

    best wisthes

    per

  2. shah says:

    Dear Sir/Madam.
    I am not a compulsive letter writer but your report on Rana Plaza has prompted me to write to you concerning a small story in the making.
    Like many of us reading, had been somewhat frustrated by the lack of progress being made with the inquiry. So I thought it may be valuable to share this story; and, perhaps, with your readers around the World, particularly those who might be asking “what if genuine changes were to take place?”.

    Individuals involved in this project are not members of any political party or organisation; simply ordinary people of Bangladesh; as for me; while in High School I migrated to Australia with my uncle in 1984 for medical necessity. Thanks God to modern treatments I am well, and of my teenage excitement of Sydney beach life, I desired to call Australia as my home. For thirty years, whilst living in Sydney, Australia, I have been looking forward to fulfilling a dream; that someday I will return to Bangladesh with something worthwhile for people in need.
    Since I am not a doctor, scientist, any NGO or part of any aid organization, or rich anthropologist which is high in demand, I couldn’t fit in to the need of my birth country.

    However, the story began few years ago, on a three months journey from Sydney-Australia to Dhaka- Bangladesh, by land and sea, during a summer vacation from University. Searching for an idea to be used in one of our assignments, part of the International Entrepreneur subject of our MIB (Master of International Business) programme. It was a 27,400km journey, land and sea, with six students at the outset from different countries, four evaporated half way, and two continued all the way to Dhaka/ Bangladesh. Eleven country later we crossed the Bangladesh border into Jessore district where we came across the “Nokshi Khatha” (blanket) which kept us warm in the winter, same as my childhood, it draws me back into 30 years.

    I witnessed so much changes in Bangladesh garment took place and yet nothing had changed with the “Nokshi Khatha” or woman who hand stitches them. We felt a sense of purpose to do something to preserve it for future generations, endangered folk art “Nokshi-Katha” and woman who stitches them so skilfully, or shall we let the wheel of progress crush out the marvel of the past? This is where the seeds of our venture were sewn and I later travelled extensively throughout Bangladesh searching for ideas. My travels took me to villages where, in a typical house, three generations of women were stitching at the same time. They are expert in hand stitching field, instate of taking them away in to apparel making garment factory, I started to formulate the idea of utilizing these skills to create, for the international fashion scene, some of the more popular contemporary fusion fashions which are gaining popularity.

    However, any approach to solve social issue or disaster in Bangladesh has its share of hard knocks even as a Bangladeshi let alone international. Over the years many attempts in Bangladesh had failed and my life changed, this time I migrated to Japan, where hand stitch attire has place in people’s life. Learning from hand stitching in Japan, promises me to return in Bangladesh in search for social Business profession.
    In early 2013 while I was in Dhaka for a month and still working on my idea of hand stitching project to begin. Rana Plaza disaster took place, an avoidable despair of mourning among Garment factory worker. On contradictory to that sad event, we were in that area searching for woman who can or willing to learn hand stitching as profession. Better pay, better working hours, in a safe and clean working environment, a true séance of fair trade. Sadly, most woman doesn’t take us seriously, as if nothing but a job in a garments factory will solve or change their destiny. After the event, so many nights in Dhaka I thought, this is it; first plane tomorrow I will fly back to Sydney or Tokyo and do “ when in Rome, do what the Roman’s do” and blend in with a career for comfortable life. We were preparing to say goodbye to Bangladesh life so many times before. Mrs Rehana (unknown person) knock in to our home office; a Job recruitment hand out of ours in hand, who initially came to Dhaka, in search of garment job, no experience in machine operating, but willing to be a trainee and learn with less pay. Originally she was from Jessore (a district that I early talk to about) ; married with a child, most of her life she hand stitched “Nokshi Khatha”, unfortunately hand stitching wasn’t paying much for family need, so she moved to Saver area of Dhaka for garment work.
    Power of One woman to start with; Our one year anniversary, her hand stitch work reached Japanese Imperious family, Spouse of the prime Minister and several Foreign Embassy wives’ and others. We have 12 woman hand stitcher and one Manager in Dhaka, my wife and I do the designing and marketing around Japan and some later night web site work, we have a van to travel and in it box full of happy dreams for sale. Right now, our Business running cost is more than our sales, nevertheless we are not going to reduce our staff benefits (one third of all sales go to staff); instead we will work harder for even better quality and designs, which fashion sensible woman around the world expect. We wish to employee 24 more woman for hand stitching and one website designer this year, I just hope people outside sees the core value behind this kind of social enterprising with woman.
    As for the effect, hopefully many young entrepreneurs will find answer to social problems in our country.
    So much to say and explain what we do and why? In so little time, perhaps if my short writing interest you. Please read through our Facebook “iimon”, we try our best to keep it up to date with English and Japanese.
    Shah
    for IIMON
    (iimon is a Japanese word means- feel good / happy feeling)

  3. solidbangla says:

    Such a nice article and thanks for exposing the truth. this unholy alliance of businesses only care about their money nothing else. they must care about health and safety of worker in order for them to have a sustainable development in garments sector otherwise they will lose it all. put life before money. thats all i can say

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