With a very high density
of river systems, large parts of Bangladesh
remain submerged during five months of monsoon.
Climate change has increased the flooding recent
years – now Bangladesh has floods two times a
year. Therefore, millions of people living in
river basins lack basic facilities like
electricity and telephone services because
development has been concentrated around paved
Rivers are vital to local farming, but farming
methods and agricultural runoff take their toll
on the health of the rivers, and the rivers make
it difficult to reach villagers with information
and education, which has negatively impacted the
health and livelihoods of fishermen cum farmers.
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha realized that the
rivers do not have to be barriers to
information, they can be communication channels.
Shidhulai is working to improve quality of life
in flood prone areas by taking services to the
people by boats.