Here Comes The School Boat: Living With Bangladesh’s Floods

International
Monday, December 17, 2012
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Bangladeshi School Boat (Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

Bangladeshi School Boat (Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

For five months a year Bangladesh endures a monsoon season, suffering from two floods yearly leaving millions of citizens living in river basins stranded without basic necessities. But a non-profit organization founded by an architect based in northern Bangladesh, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, has decided to build flood resistant schools that come to the homes of students. Health care facilities and homes are also being built to float by the non-profit.

Local Bangladeshi-architect Mohammed Rezwan founded Shidhulai in 2008. The organization’s fleet has grown to 100 boats bringing education, medical necessities, practical farming information, and financial services to families along the river. Rezwan’s organization also offers bicycle-powered pumps, a flood alert system, and solar powered lighting. Solar power technology is also being developed by Shidhulai to help families farm during floods allowing them to feed themselves. This includes fishnets made form bamboo with solar powered duck coops providing fish food in the form of duck manure and beds of hyacinth that can grow vegetables. Every school boat is equipped with internet access, a laptop, and a small library, all specially protected from heavy rainfall and any possible water damage.

[Via Fast.Co Design.]

(Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

(Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

(Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

(Courtesy Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha)

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