Deutsch-Bengalische Gesellschaft Augsburg e.V. (DBG)
Donauwörther Strasse 127 1/2
Contact person: Fazlur Rahman
- Aid organization
- Educational policy/project
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Volunteers are welcome.
The Augsburg German-Bengali Association (DHB) was founded in 1998 with the aim of encouraging Germans and Bengalis to meet and get to know each other and to build friendly relationships. The members are Bengalis, Germans, Indians and Turks.
Integration starts with the children. The Bengali members of the DBG Augsburg attach great importance to the children being fully integrated into German society whilst maintaining their mother tongue and their customs.
Many Augsburgers (and Germans) know more or less nothing about the country of origin of the Bengalis, Bangladeshis and West Bengalis (in India).
Bangladesh is known chiefly through reports of catastrophes; tornadoes, floods, contamination of the water by arsenic or the high illiteracy rates. Indeed, Bangladesh is a very poor country.
That is why the Augsburg German-Bengali Association and every single member is determined that their projects should make a contribution not only to reducing illiteracy but also to improving living standards (especially drinking water).
SEWA – Socio Economic Welfare Activities – a development aid project of the Augsburg German-Bengali Association.
• On our initiative and with our financial support, the Sewa project was founded in Bangladesh in 2002. It gives some of the people there a chance of schooling. Maths, language, writing and English are taught in five schools. Teaching materials, books and clothing were obtained and each child receives a hot meal every day.
• The drinking water is often contaminated with arsenic. Sewa tests water from the wells, informs the people of the risks and shows them how to obtain clean drinking water.
• The people of Bangladesh suffer from malnutrition. Sewa goes among the people and offers advice.
• During the 2004 floods, 80% of the land was under water. Sewa helped save the people with boats, and donated over 1000 pieces of warm clothing.
• Teach the teacher: We have been trying for years to build up an education and technology centre as part of our Sewa project. This was mainly in order to give our teachers and teachers' assistants in the tea plantations of the Moulvibasar district a modern further education programme. At the same time we wanted to give talented children and interested adults an opportunity to learn how to use computers.
• Integration into the society of the host country, for many of us our new homeland, is particularly important. We do not wish to be a fringe group, but at the same time we do not want to forget our roots. That is why we continually organise meetings between Germans and Bengalis.
Fazlur Rahman is the president of the Augsburg German-Bengali Association (DHB).
On request we can offer other net participants advice, give a presentation, and provide up-to-date information and contacts in the field of our work.