6th INTERNATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE
The flagship event of AAB, 6th International Water Conference was held from 27-29 January 2021. The theme for the year was ‘Water, Climate, and Justice in the Wake of COVID-19’. 890 participants, including government and non-government officials, academicians, researchers, river activists, students, development partners, community people and media personnel from all over the world attended the three-day virtual conference, which aimed to create awareness on water and river rights.
What if each time someone takes a stroke in an empty canvas, the world could heal from one of its damages caused by humankind! What if paintings of a beautiful world became a reality! 1,033 children took over colours and paper to draw pictures of their concerns through paintings. While some drew images of a beautiful world that they envision to live in, others drew how the world is like for them at present. Their paintings were testimonies to their current realities.
FOOTBALL = FAMILY?
ActionAid Bangladesh organised a football match for the girls of Happy Home, where Jhorna Akhter participated. She met the coach of Sports Bangla Foundation, the opposing team, there and exchanged information during the match. One thing led to another, and they found out the coach came from the same village from where Jhorna originally had come from. He helped AAB to connect with Jhorna’s family, who she lost at the age of 11 when she was sent to Dhaka for work.
PARTNERSHIP 4 PROMOTING MENTAL WELLBEING
To promote the importance of mental health and support the staff of ActionAid Bangladesh and their immediate family members with psychosocial support, the HROD team has partnered with Psychological Health and Wellness Clinic (PHWC) through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) since July 2020.
RECOGNITION AND ACCOLADES
Since 1990, NGOAB, established by the Government of Bangladesh, has been working as the regulatory body of the NGOs. ActionAid Bangladesh is registered with the NGOAB, under the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act 2016. AAB was fortunate to get the renewal for the next 10 years on 26 April 2021, when it applied, given the existing registration was supposed to expire.