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Youth changemakers act to fight Covid-19

AHA! project is contributing to Covid response by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and broader South Asia

Update : 01 Apr 2022, 12:31 AM

A group of 16 youths who transformed the local abandoned hospitals into an isolation centre for the Covid positive patients shared their experience on Thursday.

They were speaking at an event, titled “Learning and Sharing Event on Grassroots Peacebuilding during Covid-19”, at a city hotel.

Funded by the European Union, the project, styled “AHA! - Awareness with Human Action”, was carried out across the country.


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The project is contributing to the Covid response by preventing conflict and building social cohesion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and broader South Asia, speakers said at the event.

The youths shared their project experiences with their financer, project officials concerned, and media professionals at the get-together of youth volunteers and initiators working to make a change in the society.

 Earlier, Mohan Robi Das initiated the “Covid response for tea workers” for the marginalized workers who lived in a very remote place, far from the city.

He is the first Dhaka University graduate from the tea garden workers’ community in Kamolganj, Moulvibazar.

 Robi along with some young volunteers operated door-to-door campaigns to enlighten people on how to protect themselves against the surge of the deadly disease.

 Like Robi, the 16 youth grantees carried out a multi-dimensional campaign including social media awareness, digital literacy among madrasa students, the Covid response among the Santal people, action plan against hate speech and cyberbullying during the pandemic.

Through a collaborative approach, the AHA! project works to increase outreach for initiatives that promote Covid awareness and constructive narratives that reduce discrimination, hate speech, and stigma against specific communities, primarily targeting religious leaders, and women and youth leaders as community influencers.

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