Bangladesh, visit to Friendship NGO

Last Decem­ber, I had the plea­sure, on my way back from India, to spend few days in Ban­gla­desh on the field with the Friend­ship team.

It was a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about their pro­jects and to visit the hos­pi­tal boat. I was impres­sed by Runa Khan’s (Foun­der and Pre­sident of Friend­ship) achie­ve­ments and by the medi­cal care given to iso­la­ted popu­la­tions thanks to the hos­pi­tal boat .

I had the plea­sure to meet the famous Indian poet : Sudeep Sen.

Ahim­sa Fund is very honou­red to start a new part­ner­ship with Friend­ship and more spe­ci­fi­cal­ly with Runa and her team, and looks for­ward to col­la­bo­ra­ting to this ini­tia­tive and deve­lo­ping great pro­jects toge­ther. See you Runa and Sudeep to the next Ahim­sa Forum in June 2017 !







To share with you the work of this great orga­ni­za­tion, please read the article below :

Get on Board Rongdhonu Friendship Hospital

friendship-1I invite you to dis­co­ver our “Get on Board !” cam­pai­gn, desi­gned to allow the for­mer Rain­bow War­rior II to pur­sue its second life as the Rongd­ho­nu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal. 

Six years ago, we all wor­ked toge­ther to gather the seed money to enable Friend­ship to accept Green­peace International’s gene­rous gift of the Rain­bow War­rior II, and to convert it into a hos­pi­tal ship to serve the most depri­ved citi­zens of the coas­tal regions of the Bay of Ben­gal. Our work was not in vain : in ear­ly 2013, the Rongd­ho­nu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal began sai­ling on its now regu­lar routes along the sou­thern coasts of Ban­gla­desh.

Almost four years later, more than 165,000 patients have been trea­ted on board the Rongd­ho­nu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal, thanks to a per­ma­nent medi­cal and para­me­di­cal team and more than 70 medi­cal camps held by spe­cia­li­sed doc­tors from all over the world. In the wor­king areas of this, its 3rd floa­ting hos­pi­tal, Friend­ship also esta­bli­shed a paral­lel net­work of basic heal­th­care, which cur­rent­ly pro­vides ser­vices to about 50,000 people eve­ry month, ove­rall 600,000 ser­vices ren­de­red per year.

To allow the Rongd­ho­nu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal to conti­nue its good work, Friend­ship now needs to raise 650,000 EUR ! That cer­tain­ly seems a lot ! And yet, not so much either ! The hos­pi­tal has hos­ted 54,852 patients over the past twelve years. That amounts to only 12 EUR per patient, all inclu­ded ! As I said, it’s not so much…

For more infor­ma­tion, pho­tos and films on Rongd­ho­nu Friend­ship Hos­pi­tal, see here