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Episode 17 | Mitigating Climate-Based Disaster Before it Strikes

Mohammed Rezwan of Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha details his designs for floating communities.

Episode 17 | Mitigating Climate-Based Disaster Before it Strikes

About Mohammed Rezwan
Bangladesh has the world’s highest rural population density. The poorest segment has little choice but to relocate to inaccessible, flood prone areas such as the Chalanbeel region of northwest Bangladesh. During the annual rainy season, the area is overwhelmed by floods forcing the closure of thousands of schools and impacting resources such as libraries, health clinics and community centers.

Mohammed Rezwan grew up in this region and witnessed friends and relatives being denied access to education during monsoons. In 1998, with $500 of savings, he founded the non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha to bring education and improved livelihoods to rural communities in northwestern Bangladesh.

Mohammed Rezwan is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2017 is "Sorry" by Comfort Fit. The break music is "Bangla Dhun" by Ravi Shankar from the album "The Concert For Bangladesh."