Danita Topcagic (Bangladesh)


Danita Topcagic

Danita Topcagic (Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization - BERDO): Danita was raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but moved to the United States with her family at the age of fourteen as a refugee. She is passionate about humanitarian work and earned her BA in international relations from University of Missouri – Columbia. Danita received her MA in global finance, trade and economic integration with a focus in international development from University of Denver.



16 Sep

Brutality and Horror

Disability rights, neglected, taken away. Protection of human rights for persons with disabilities (PWDs) is a world wide problem…social problem across borders. Moreover, the public awareness about these issues is hardly existent, also across borders. One of my favorite activists and journalists, Ann Curry, together with MSNBC made this chilling video as they went undercover […]

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Posted Sep 16, 2008

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12 Sep

TRIP Day 3: Villages, health care, weather

This entry is a part of series summarizing a trip to rural and remote villages in Bangladesh to observe the impact of micro-credit program. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy Project, joins us. To read the whole story, start in the reverse order beginning with blog titled “Trip: Washington to meet Dhaka”. I decided […]

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Posted Sep 12, 2008

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12 Sep

Life on the Street

I’ve been putting off writing this entry because I thought it would be best to provide you with images of these hard-working people so that you can see what I am talking about. But every time I went out and I saw a good photo opportunity, I felt embarrassed and guilty for just wanting to […]

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Posted Sep 12, 2008

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22 Aug

A Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Written by Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet and a 1913 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, and it just so happens that I am in Bangladesh where he is widely celebrated. After having listened to a 7 year old kid recite a poem by Tagore, I couldn’t resist posting a poem that speaks to me and […]

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Posted Aug 22, 2008

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17 Aug

TRIP Day 1: “I remember green, blue and red”

This entry is a part of series summarizing a trip to rural and remote villages in Bangladesh to observe the impact of micro-credit program. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy Project, joins us. To read the whole story, start in the reverse order beginning with blog titled “Trip: Washington to meet Dhaka”. Saidul headed […]

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Posted Aug 17, 2008

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14 Aug

TRIP Day 4: President of Bangladesh American Chamber of Commerce

This entry is a part of series summarizing a trip to rural and remote villages in Bangladesh to observe the impact of micro-credit program. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy Project, joins us. To read the whole story, start in the reverse order beginning with blog titled “Trip: Washington to meet Dhaka”. Arrival to […]

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Posted Aug 14, 2008

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14 Aug

TRIP: Washington to meet Dhaka

This entry is a part of series summarizing a trip to rural and remote villages in Bangladesh to observe the impact of micro-credit program. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy Project, joins us. To read the whole story, start with this blog and work your way up. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy […]

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Posted Aug 14, 2008

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13 Aug

TRIP Day 2: Mother-daughter teams

This entry is a part of series summarizing a trip to rural and remote villages in Bangladesh to observe the impact of micro-credit program. Iain Guest, the Executive Director of Advocacy Project, joins us. To read the whole story, start in the reverse order beginning with blog titled “Trip: Washington to meet Dhaka”. I am […]

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Posted Aug 13, 2008

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27 Jul

Fruitful Micro-credit at BERDO

For all pictures, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ In the previous blog I talked about micro-credit as an approach to development and I mentioned how organizations are being creative in minimizing the operating costs in an effort to provide credit to the poor. Well, BERDO’s creativity lies in the way they incorporate different services into the community-based rehabilitation […]

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Posted Jul 27, 2008

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25 Jul

Common misconceptions about micro-credit

(Read the comments bellow – great information added) Microfinance approach to development and alleviation out of poverty has spurred many arguments and debates. Wide agreement about the goal of microfinance – to improve the welfare of poor – has been criticized as just another business venue with no honest intention of alleviating poverty in the […]

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Posted Jul 25, 2008

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14 Jul

Eye-exams and cataract surgeries

For all pictures visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ After conducting some observations of BERDO, it came to my attention that there were no medical records for the students admitted to BERDO’s Blind School. I wanted to find out if there are any treatments that could improve the sight for these students but the only diagnoses were provided by […]

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Posted Jul 14, 2008

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08 Jul

Disability at BERDO

For all pictures visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ Ten out of thirty five BERDO’s employees are disabled. Two of them tell me about their life with disability and what lead to these conditions. These stories also give me a sense of what happens to other 650 million people in the world who live their life with disability. Ms. […]

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Posted Jul 08, 2008

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29 Jun

It’s not a world of differences, just a different culture

For all pictures visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ Reading about Bangladeshi culture and their way of life definitively prepares one for the experiences awaiting, but in no way can it train a person to develop patience when annoyances occur and it doesn’t get rid of old perceptions and expectations about professional and personal life. Not that I have […]

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Posted Jun 29, 2008

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22 Jun

Children Scream “Zoooooo”!!!!!

For all pictures visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ I am not a big fan of zoos for reasons obvious to animal lovers and animal rights activists, but since there aren’t too many opportunities where to take students who are blind and visually impaired, we decided to go to zoo anyway. I did suggest to go to a music […]

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Posted Jun 22, 2008

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16 Jun

In Dhaka, Bangladesh

It has been a while since my first blog entry and the reason is my inability to decide what to write about first. I am overwhelmed with everything different and exciting that I can’t decide if I should write about the climate and the people, the culture and traditions, or about BERDO’s lovely staff and […]

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Posted Jun 16, 2008

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06 Jun

Preparing for Bangladesh

Map of Bangladesh For all pictures visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26685510@N08/ Before I take my first breath of thick and polluted Bangladeshi air, before I stutter my first Bangla word to the rickshaw driver hoping that he speaks English, and before my perspective starts to transform due to real life experiences, I feel the necessity to start this […]

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Posted Jun 06, 2008

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