Matthew Becker (Bangladesh)


Matthew Becker

Matthew Becker (Subornogram Foundation): Matthew received his B.A. in Political Science and International Business from Metropolitan State College in Denver in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 he worked as a community youth development volunteer with the Peace Corps in western Mongolia. Following the Peace Corps, Matthew taught in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and served as a juvenile risk assessor with a nonprofit in Colorado Springs. He is also a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserves. At the time of his fellowship Matthew was pursuing his M.S. in Global Affairs at New York University. After his fellowship Matthew wrote: "It gave me a better understanding of the problems Bangladesh faces and also issues surrounding the way NGO's work there. I got a better idea of the importance of journalism in advocating for human rights and education related issues for the communities that many people don't pay attention to or concern themselves with."



26 Sep

THE CLOSE OF AN INCREDIBLE SUMMER

At the risk of sounding too cliche, it’s very difficult to come up with the right words to close out my blog and sum up what my summer was like in Bangladesh. I’m back in New York City now, after a nice couple of weeks visiting family in Germany, back to the grad school grind […]

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Posted Sep 26, 2012

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21 Sep

VIDEO: A VISIT TO BAGMUSA AND INTERVIEW WITH TULSI

Just wanted to get this video posted up. It’s a visit to Bagmusa, the Dalit cobbler community that was the subject of my last blog post. On our last visit to Bagmusa, Shahed and I conducted a brief interview with Tulsi, one of the teachers at the school, who is also from the community. She […]

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Posted Sep 21, 2012

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12 Sep

BAGMUSA – DALIT COBBLER COMMUNITY

As many readers may already know, Bangladesh is a predominately Muslim country. Like India and Pakistan though, it has quite a bit of diversity ethnically and religiously. The next largest religious group is the Hindus. In Sonargaon there are two Hindu communities, of the Dalit class (often called “the untouchables” in the Hindu caste system […]

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Posted Sep 12, 2012

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30 Aug

THE RIVER GYPSIES

Prior to my arrival in Bangladesh, I was under the impression that Subornogram Foundation specifically focused their work on the river gypsies. Obviously after being here for over two months, I’ve made it clear that the river gypsies are one of four communities that Subornogram focuses on. While we’ve spent a lot of time focused […]

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Posted Aug 30, 2012

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22 Aug

MAKING THE MOST OF MY TIME…AND AN INTERVIEW WITH SHAHED KAYES

Less than three weeks. These words keep repeating themselves in my head. Not good, not bad, just there, hovering in my consciousness. Perhaps to keep me focused, perhaps to remind me to make the most of the rest of my short time here. Twelve weeks isn’t a long time compared to the time I spent […]

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Posted Aug 22, 2012

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11 Aug

BACK IN SONARGAON – ONE MONTH LEFT IN BANGLADESH

The most frustrating thing about writing this blog post is that I feel like I’ve accomplished next to nothing over the past few weeks. Yes, the initial foot issues and my unexpected appendicitis were out of my control. Yes, I had to take some time to heal and recover. The problem is that, and I […]

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Posted Aug 11, 2012

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01 Aug

APPENDICITIS IN BANGLADESH – AN INTERESTING WEEK

Matt in the Hospital   Often when friends or acquaintances ask me what I want to do in the long term, I half-jokingly tell them my plan is to live a life that is so exciting and interesting, that when I’m older, I can write a book about it and at least a few million […]

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Posted Aug 01, 2012

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22 Jul

PAIN, FOOT, OUCH. HOW? WHY? AHHHHH!

As plenty of my family and friends already know, I’ve spent the past few days in Dhaka attempting to recover from a strange foot injury. Bits and pieces of what happened have been posted on Facebook and Twitter and I’ve been in contact with AP, my family and close friends about the details, but needless […]

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Posted Jul 22, 2012

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19 Jul

MAYADIP PART 2 + SHORT VIDEO

Apologies for the delay in the follow up, I’ve had a lot to do the past week or so and haven’t been great at prioritizing my time. I’m back on track now though. Continuing on the issue of Mayadip Island, the information compiled here is a combination of the aforementioned UN letter, my conversations with […]

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Posted Jul 19, 2012

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10 Jul

THE FISHBOWL EFFECT + MAYADIP ISLAND, PART 1

This blog post will be in two parts, because I think there was a bit too much to put down in one. Here’s part one, will get the second part up in the next couple of days.  Living in Sonargaon (pronounced Shonargao), being the only foreigner, is quite overwhelming. Even in Mongolia, I never experienced the fishbowl […]

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Posted Jul 10, 2012

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