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         BRIDGE FOUNDATION

Natasha Israt Kabir, President and Founder

The project”IT For Differently Able” which BRIDGE inaugurated funded and supported by ‘U.S State Department” under the entitled initiative of “AEIF” (Alumni Engagement Initiative Fund) in 2013.The project entered into the first phase which started from 26 April 2014 and will be continued till December 2014. At present the BRIDGE team is consisted with 5 people for Friday classes along with 5 advisers in the committee along with 4 trainers and 1 Interpreter. Internet Marketing and Word Press

           The Inauguration of the Project “IT For Differently Able” on 25th April, 2014

Untitled-11The State Department created the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. The competition provides small grants to teams of past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF has announced the 53 winners of their highly competitive project competition. Hundreds of submissions were received for the third annual competition– each eligible to win to support their project and propose solutions to global issues embodying one of the following AEIF themes: Empowering Women; Outreach to Under served Communities; Entrepreneurship and Youth Employment; Expanded Access to Education; Environmental Protection; Government Transparency; Freedom of Expression; Conflict Resolution; Citizen Security; and Promoting Civil Society.

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In the age of globalization blending technology with the welfare of the society is a must. Here integrating ICT for the betterment of disadvantaged people of Bangladesh is a visionary project. It’ll provide a wonderful opportunity to the underserved population who are deadly needed to get link to the international community. This project shows the way of learning and earning together. ICTs have spread rapidly and now connect remote locations in Bangladesh; ICT will bring a lot of change. This project is aiming to empower the under-served differently able youth in order by improving their IT skills and educate them on online outsourcing activities. By keeping this motto the soft launching finally brought out by BRIDGE Foundation which is consisted with the alumnus who participated in different programs funded by U.S State department. The inauguration was held on 25th April 2014 at Democracy watch premises at 4 pm along with 40 participants; whereas 30 are core participants and rest of the people who participated were also from different sectors of development sectors who observed the session including the U.S state department alumni. It was convened by Ms Taleya Rehman as Chief Guest, Executive Director, Democracy watch,Mr.  QuaziM Sabir Amanullah ,Alumni Outreach Coordinator,The American Centre, U.S Embassy Dhaka,as a special guest along with eminent journalist Mr. Shafiq Rehman including the president of BRIDGE Foundation Ms Natasha Israt Kabir an alumni of SUSI 2007 through the U.S state department funded program. The participants were i.e the differently able people who are mostly excluded in our policy making being deaf and mute, having the problem of being a cleft patient and also being amputated or having severe injuries and at the end being physically disable. Interpreter for the deaf and sign language users really brought those unknown and unheard issues to the guests to be a quiet listener but not all about interpreter of maladies as well as their success. At first the session started with an ice breaking, later the session went through the opening speech by the President of BRIDGE Foundation Ms Natasha Israt Kabir and treasurer and Assistant Admin Swarnamoye Sarker ( BANGLADESH REFORM INITIATIVES FOR DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNANCE and EMPOWERMENT Foundation), where she urged on the point of inclusive policy.

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