I am absolutely delighted and deeply honored to have been chosen as a member of the jury for the esteemed and influential ‘2023 Chromatic International Photo Contest’ in the UK.

Dear friends,

I am absolutely delighted and deeply honored to have been chosen as a member of the jury for the esteemed and influential ‘2023 Chromatic International Photo Contest’ in the UK.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and affection. Your encouragement means the world to me.

Kindly keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this exciting journey.

For further information and updates, please visit:

https://chromaticawards.com/

Sending you all love and light.

Love and Light!

GMB Akash

I gifted them a cow and a small calf. Now the calf has grown up and by selling it they can earn around one lakh taka. I have another good news is that the mother cow gave birth to another calf this month.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Sofur Uddin Chacha and Mamtaz Khala, a blessed couple.

In March 2022, I gifted them a cow and a small calf. Now the calf has grown up and by selling it they can earn around one lakh taka. I have another good news is that the mother cow gave birth to another calf this month.

The Cow gives 4 liters of milk per day and by selling that milk he can earn about 300 taka in a day. Keeping some milk for them, he earns 9000 per month. Alhamdulillah, with that money they are living a prosperous life as they wished for.

Uncle Sofur Uddin, who may not be able to build the Taj Mahal for Mumtaz’s aunt, but at the end of the day, hoped to earn 300 taka per day to buy nuts and Jilabies for his loving wife. A love story that touched all your hearts. A love story that shows wealth and abundance cannot always buy happiness…

My friends, your positive support, pure love, and strong faith in me, help me to move forward every single day. Know that; nothing would have been so easy without you all. My journey could never have gone so far without you. I am so grateful!

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.

Love and light

_GMB Akash

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time: A Mission to End Child Labor.

Dear friends,

I am happy to share that all 30 of my students have been promoted to their new classes and have received their new books. With excitement and happiness, they all shone like stars. It brings me great pleasure to share these radiant faces with you.

As you know, in 2020, I took on the responsibility of ensuring their complete education for my entire lives. For this reason, I regularly visit their homes and families to assess their situations. The years seem to be passing for them in the blink of an eye!

I began with 10 children, and now I have more than 30. Hopefully, in the coming years, I will be able to admit and shift more child laborers from their workplace to school.

For more than 15 years, I have been working on the issue of child labor in Bangladesh. From the beginning of my photography career, I wanted to change the situation and raise awareness of this issue. However, I was not happy with the slow progress happening in our society. Therefore, I decided to change people’s lives directly and started with those people whom I had photographed and those with whom I was already working.

I started by providing training and helping to set up businesses for people in need, especially the parents of child laborers. With these businesses, the families could earn more money and send their children to school instead of factories.

To get working children to school, I had to go door to door many times and request that their parents send them to school. Eventually, I was able to convince some parents about the importance of education and motivated them to send their children to school. It was not easy, as I had to take full financial responsibility for these kids, including expenses such as admission fees, tuition fees, daily food, books, clothes, and financially compensating their parents for the entire amount of money they would have earned each month if they had worked instead of going to school. I will also have to bear all the children’s expenses to ensure that they will continue to attend school.

Like these 30 children, more than four million children are struggling in our country. It may be difficult, but it is not impossible to give hope to these 4 million children. If every capable person would lend a hand to one child, miracles would happen, which could transform our society into a better-educated population who could better contribute to the development of our country, a benefit for us all.

My heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude for your kind support for the work I do. Without your support and love, I could not make all of this happen.

Sending my respect and prayers.

Love and light!

GMB Akash

Ralph Striewski came from Germany to join me in my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop.

Ralph Striewski came from Germany to Bangladesh in order to join me in my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop. January, 2023

To check the other participants work visits my workshop website: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com

If you are interested to join this exclusive program send an email to know detail at: akashphoto@gmail.com

About the workshop: The focus of this customized program is to teach photography going beyond boundaries. Each student will have exclusive access to me through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of my work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

Pedro Marsault traveled from France to Bangladesh to participate in my exclusive six-day One on One photography workshop.

Pedro Marsault traveled from France to Bangladesh to participate in my exclusive six-day One on One photography workshop in February  2022.

To view the work of other participants, please visit my workshop website at www.gmbakashworkshop.com.

If you are interested in joining this exclusive program, please send an email to akashphoto@gmail.com for more details.

About the workshop: This customized program is designed to teach photography beyond boundaries. Each student will have exclusive access to me throughout the workshop, allowing them to benefit from my professional experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of the workshops and the real-world working environment, students can expect to learn and experience much more than they would in a standard university photography program in just six days. The workshops are held in culturally rich locations with ample photographic and documentary subject matter.

Bangladesh’s Unsung Heroes: Celebrating the Backbone of Our Nation on Labor Day

Behind the growth of any nation lies the hard work of its workmen. Saluting our indefatigable workers, who keep Bangladesh moving forward as we celebrate #LabourDay#MayDay.

It is essential to recognize the contribution of Bangladeshi laborers who work tirelessly in various industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and service sectors.

Unfortunately, many of these workers face challenges like low wages, unsafe working conditions, and lack of job security. On this day, we must take a moment to reflect on these issues and pledge to work towards improving the lives of our workers. Let us honor the achievements of our working-class people and commit ourselves to creating a better future for them.

This photo album serves as a tribute to the hardworking men and women who contribute immensely to our society. Your comments, filled with appreciation and support, only reinforce the significance of this celebration.

Each photo represents the resilience, dedication, and unwavering spirit of our labor force. It is an honor to capture and share these moments with all of you.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the achievements and sacrifices of our labor community. Feel free to share your thoughts, personal experiences, or messages of gratitude.

Together, we can amplify their voices and recognize their invaluable contributions.

May this album serve as a reminder of the strength and unity that define us as a nation. Happy Labour Day to all, and thank you for being a part of this meaningful journey!

_GMB Akash

My 10 solo exhibition, “My Equal Life,” took place in various cities across Finland throughout the year 2022.

Dear friends,

I am delighted to share that my 10 solo exhibition, “My Equal Life,” took place in various cities across Finland throughout the year 2022.

The exhibition was supported and organized by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Caritas Finland, with the aim of raising awareness about global inequality, promoting compassion, and sharing the experiences of people through my photographs and related stories.

I wanted to share a few glimpses from my 4th exhibition, which was held at Jyväskylä University.

The pictures and stories from the exhibition are available for viewing on the exhibition’s website, and it is currently touring seven cities in Finland: Turku, Kouvola, Vaasa, Helsinki, Kuopio, Oulu, and Jyväskylä.

A journey through time and culture : Discovering the magic of Istanbul, Turkey.

“The moment I wake up, right away, I smile…. I am aware that a life is offering me twenty-four brand new hours to live, and that’s the most precious of gifts I received, while living every second of my life for a new day, for a new hope, for a new destination. I am a traveler, and I don’t mind being called gypsy. Hanging my bag, holding my camera, eying over everything, I keep walking. I discovered a part of me in my journey. I mostly save each penny from my work for traveling. Simplicity is my luxury. Visiting my maples world is pretty sweet but I don’t mind waiting. Travel brings power and love back into our life. Sometimes we plan a trip to one place, but something takes us to another. Whatever purifies it is the correct road. Thus I stepped to Istanbul with an open eye in road to be lost”

– GMB Akash

There are a handful of cities around the world that draw me back again and again. In my list Istanbul was a most desirable place to visit. I got my chance and landed for a quick tour. In Istanbul It is difficult to be in quiet places in a city of 13 million, which was best for me. I was attracted to the city for its rich history—it was the capital of three empires and it’s the only major city in the world that straddles two continents. Navigating Istanbul can be difficult for tourists. There are so many forms of transportation—trams, trolleys, ferries, taxis, metro—and so many ways to get to a place.

As a travel photographer I love all options. While I keep clicking my camera, a short, wiry Turk goes past, carrying a dozen folded carpets balanced on his head. The weight of the load seems to be greater than that of the carrier. Women wearing veils, only showing their eyes, gold bangles and chains reminding women of my Old Dhaka’s. Several groups of photographer’s roaming around like me with cameras on shoulders and heads almost mechanically swiveling from side to side in an endeavor to miss nothing. The famous Blue Mosque was just near my hotel, I was stunned by seeing one of the most famous and most stunning Mosques in the world.  Istanbul is a city for those who can still enjoy a sense of providence: a sense of discovery and a sense of marvel.  

Continually after walking almost ten hours it was not tiring to me. As a travel photographer one must quality is to be brave. Brave to face anything and everything on the journey. I travel alone and learn to enjoy entertaining myself. It is quite fun to explore a strange place and not get bored in loneliness. I love to watch people, introduce new rituals and learn about different forms of life. I keep images of memory in my travel folder. Photographs are not only holding my memories, but emotions and my interpretation of an untold journey.

Wherever I go, I keep trying to match my country with the place I am visiting. Often I started missing my country. In Istanbul I was finding my bond, hearing Azan in mosques was weaving images of my place, my Dhaka. There is a universal language in the world, the language of love. We human beings are always trying to name our emotions, level our feelings so I keep trying to write in my dairy. My days ended so quickly, with my mixed emotions I was leaving the city, Istanbul. I headed to catch another flight for another place with the imaginary in my mind ‘Splendid Istanbul’

“I am not only burning myself in these journeys, I am shaping my molecules, the discovery and ending up here, neither do I go home. I will pack my bag by holding my camera, & another mystic road will open its arm for me, and I very well know, miracles dwell in invisible. I – a lost soul will walk step by step, hearing entirely in silence. When I keep learning the art to fly, I keep discovering till my universe dissolves”

– GMB Akash

Rana Plaza Tragedy!!

What to describe and what to write? All I could see were dead bodies all around me. A silent anger, unbearable pain and helplessness froze my finger to click. Besides dead bodies and each drop of their blood asked me to tape their catastrophic death memoir to show the people around the world how painfully they left the world. Those memories have been haunting me for a long time.

I witnessed the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse 10 years ago today, surrounded by dead bodies and blood. 

Drinking tears now is a daily menu to the people whose life collapsed with the building Rana Plaza.

I don’t know how many times we will remain mute and hollow out graves! I don’t understand why the world’s most innocent souls have to always be trapped as vulnerable victims! Their souls will never rest in peace until we know how dreadfully they died without even being able to tell their last wishes.

On that stormy day when I arrived at the hospital door, I was repulsed by the sorrow I encountered. No, rain was not the reason; it was the pain in every face which no words can describe. 

Looking at a hundred wounded bodies and amidst the cries of the hundreds of wounded, I felt an urgent need to share their stories with the world, to shed light on their unbearable suffering…

Today, as we mark the tenth anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy, let us remember those who lost their lives and those whose lives were forever changed. May their memory serve as a reminder of the need for justice, for greater protections for the most vulnerable among us, and for a world where such tragedies never happen again.

Remembering Rana Plaza Tragedy…

(The 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse (also referred to as the 2013 Savar building collapse or the Rana Plaza collapse) was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April 2013 in the Savar Upazila of Dhaka District, Bangladesh, where an eight-story commercial building called Rana Plaza collapsed. The search for the dead ended on 13 May 2013 with a death toll of 1,134. Approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building alive. It is considered the deadliest structural failure accident in modern human history and the deadliest garment-factory disaster in history.)

Eid Mubarak – from 300 happy families!

Dear Friends,

Eid Mubarak – from 300 happy families!

By the grace of Allah, I could deliver 300 new dresses for 300 most unprivileged families the last 3 days.

I truly hope that the new dress will bring them happiness and lift their spirits with warmth and contentment today.

Sharing some of the happy faces with you all.

Many of you came forward to make their EID a happy and special one, I believe the heartfelt prayers of these 300 families will surely reach your doorstep.

I am always thankful and grateful to all my friends and well-wishers who are constantly supporting and helping me in every way possible in my journey.

Have a very happy and healthy Eid everyone…

Eid Mubarak ❤️❤️

_GMB Akash

Rakher Upobash Festival.

During Kartik, “the holiest month” beginning every year with new moon in November, thousands of Hindu devotees celebrates the feast of “Rakher Upobash”.The followers of “Loknath” who is said to embody love in the Hindu tradition, light small lamps and special incense asking for the betterment of their loved ones’ health.They also fast in the name of “Rakh” hence the name “Rakher Upobash”. Also known as “Kartik bhroto”, it is held on every Saturday and Tuesday of those 15 daysFasting and praying to the gods, sitting before the Shri Shri Loknath Brahammachari Ashram, among the Swami Bhag temple near Dhaka.Bangladesh.

Rakher upobash is a beautiful and deeply spiritual tradition observed by the people of Bangladesh. The atmosphere during Rakher Upobash is enchanting, with devotees singing devotional songs, lighting earthen lamps, and performing various rituals to appease the deity. It is a time for self-reflection, spiritual awakening, and spreading love and compassion among fellow human beings. This tradition not only represents the rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh but also brings people of different faiths and backgrounds together, reinforcing the message of unity and peace. Rakher Upobash is truly a unique and beautiful festival that embodies the true essence of Bangladesh’s cultural identity.

The festival holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh. It is a time when they come together to celebrate their faith and culture, and to seek blessings for themselves and their loved ones. The fast is observed from sunrise to sunset, and during this time, devotees abstain from food and water. It is a test of their faith and endurance, and a way to purify their minds and bodies.

Rakher Upobash is a festival that represents the essence of the Hindu faith and culture in Bangladesh. It is a time when people come together to seek blessings and offer gratitude, and to celebrate their faith and traditions. As a photographer, I am honored to be able to capture the beauty and richness of this festival and to share it with the world. Through my photographs, I hope to bring to light the beauty and richness of the Hindu culture in Bangladesh, and to inspire people to appreciate and respect the diversity of our world.

’20 new toilet this month for 20 families’

’20 new toilet this month for 20 families’

It is easy to take a restroom or toilet for granted. But everyone is not fortunate enough to build one. The best thing about a toilet is that it helps people have dignity, better health, safety and so much more.

Dear friends, By the grace of God, this month we have already built 20 new toilets for 20 families.

I am building Restroom/Toilets’ for the old unfortunate elderly couples, fathers and widowed mothers (with young daughters) and disabled people, the old couples who are neglected by their children and who do not have the ability to make one for themselves and because of this basic need they are suffering in various ways.

“A old mother, Khadija Khatun, (70) said, Unfortunately, I do not have my own toilet, I have to use my neighbor’s toilet. Every day, I have to endure various insults just to use the toilet. It’s a difficult situation for me, but I have no choice.

If I were to go outside in the field, it would be even more challenging for me to stay clean. This makes it difficult for me to fulfill my daily prayers.”

“After getting the new toilet, now I can stay clean and can fulfill my daily prayer.”

To give them a dignified and healthy life, I have started building washrooms/toilets for such helpless families and from now on, I will continue to build hygienic toilets in different remote villages for unprivileged people who are in need, every month.

I feel truly blessed to have you all by my side. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

300 food packs to 300 doorsteps for the entire month of Ramadan.

Dear friends,

Ramadan Kareem – from 300 families!

By the grace of God, on the eve of Ramadan, I was able to deliver food packs to 300 doorsteps for the entire month of Ramadan.

I bring you happy greetings from elderly couples, hundreds of widowed Mothers and fathers who are neglected by their children. During the month of Ramadan, these poor elderly people suffer the most due to lack of food. Many people fast, even without eating anything!

As we are spending our days dreaming up delicious Iftar feasts, millions of people are worrying that they may not have anything at all to eat when the sun goes down.

The food packages include ingredients for healthy Ramadan like, Rice, Lentils, Sugar, Milk, Eggs, Grains, Cooking Oils, Ruhafja juice, Salt, Onions, potatoes, Isabgol (Psyllium husk), Dates, Parched rice, Tissues, Soap, Coconut oil, toothpaste, toothbrush, Washing powder.

You too can come forward to feed a poor fasting family for the whole month of Ramadan. Please send me a direct message for details.

I believe it’s not possible to help everyone. But if we really want from the heart, we can help at least someone in need.

Sending my love and gratitude to you all who are constantly supporting my work and journey. My journey would never have been so smooth without you all.

Ramadan Kareem to all my treasured friends.

_GMB Akash

Climate change – Water Crisis and Women health and education.

As I am working on this issue, “Water Crisis” for last 15 years, seeing that many of our fellow citizens in Bangladesh still struggle to access clean and safe drinking water my heart feels heavy.

This year, the theme of World Water Day is “Valuing Water”, highlighting the fundamental importance of water in our daily lives, and the need to recognize and appreciate its true value.

Bangladesh is home to over 160 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. With limited freshwater resources, the country is struggling to meet the growing demands of its population, resulting in a severe water crisis.

One of the primary factors contributing to the water crisis in Bangladesh is climate change. The country is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, increased frequency and intensity of floods, and droughts. These extreme weather events have a direct impact on the availability and quality of water resources in the country.

The rapid growth of the population is another contributing fact, which has led to increased demands for water for drinking, agriculture, and industrial purposes. As a result, the groundwater levels in many areas have been depleted.

The lack of access to water has a disproportionate impact on women and children, who are often responsible for fetching water for their families. Women, in particular, may have to walk several miles each day to fetch water, which not only puts their health at risk but also limits their opportunities for education and economic empowerment.

As a society, we must take action to address this issue. On this World Water Day, let us commit to making clean and safe water accessible to all people in Bangladesh.

In this corner of the world people are fighting to get a pot of drinkable water. Their lives have collapsed in need of getting a pot of fresh water. People are experiencing severe thirst which may never come to an end if “Water”- could not save by Human.

_GMB Akash

Dear friends,

For the past 15 years, I have been dedicating my efforts towards understanding and working towards the water crisis that plagues many unprivileged people in our country. The situation is dire, and it is crucial that we recognize the value of this precious resource before it’s too late.

It is heart-wrenching to witness the daily suffering of those affected by the water crisis. However, I remain hopeful that by bringing attention to this issue, we can work towards a solution and prevent further harm.

I am grateful to all those who have taken the time to acknowledge the severity of the water crisis. It is only through our collective efforts that we can make a meaningful impact and ensure a better future for generations to come.

With love and light,

GMB Akash

Building hygienic toilets for unprivileged people every month.

It is easy to take a restroom or toilet for granted. But everyone is not fortunate enough to build one. The best thing about a toilet is that it helps people have dignity, better health, safety and so much more.

Dear friends, I have started donating ‘Restroom/Toilets’ to old unfortunate elderly couples, fathers and widowed mothers (with young daughters) who are neglected by their children and who do not have the ability to make one for themselves and because of this basic need they are suffering in various ways.

Mother of Brishty said, “My daughter has to wait until it gets dark to go to the toilet, because our toilet is broken and everything is visible from outside, so we can only use the toilet in the dark to protect our dignity.”

“Now after getting the new toilet, we can go and use the toilet whenever we want.”

“Khadija Khatun, 70 said, Unfortunately, I do not have my own toilet, I have to use my neighbor’s toilet. Every day, I have to endure various insults just to use the toilet. It’s a difficult situation for me, but I have no choice.

If I were to go outside in the field, it would be even more challenging for me to stay clean. This makes it difficult for me to fulfill my daily prayers.”

“After getting the new toilet, now I can stay clean and can fulfill my daily prayer.”

To give them a dignified and healthy life, I have already started building toilets for such helpless families.

By the grace of God, we have already built 10 new toilet this month for 10 families, and from now, I am going to build hygienic toilets in different remote villages for unprivileged people every month. Starting with 10, but my dream is to build toilets for every needy person, who are suffering for this basic human right.

My dear friends,

Looking at the pictures, you might think it was an easy task, but in reality, it was far from that.

Many of the people had no place of their own, so we had to manage the location to set up a toilet. The previous toilets were often in very low places or on the edges of the chanels, so we had to prepare the ground by filling the soil and raising them above.

We also faced a shortage of masons in many of the villages. We had to work hard to get the masons there and deliver the insufficient materials to the villages.

It took a lot of time and effort to complete 10 toilets and another 10 in progress. Despite the challenges we faced, the satisfaction of completing the task made it all worthwhile.

I must say, seeing the smile on the faces of the people who now have access to a safe and clean toilet is priceless. It makes all the challenges and hard work worth it. Knowing that my efforts are making a difference in their lives fills my hearts with joy.

I am always Grateful to all of you for your support and inspiration. Let’s continue to work together to make a difference in the lives of these people and create a better future for all.

Love and Light

GMB Akash

A deep-water pump, to 12 families!

Dear friends,

By the grace of God, today I was able to provide a deep-water pump, to 12 families who do not have access for safe drinking water. For these families, this simple water pump is the biggest gift of their lives, and it brings them so much joy and relief from their daily struggles.

Imagine being one of the millions of people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. For these 12 families, this was their daily reality. They had no choice but to collect water from a nearby pond, which was contaminated and not fit for human consumption. It’s hard to imagine what life was like for them, and how much they must have suffered.

Water is not just a basic human need, it’s a human right, and providing it to those who do not have access to it is one of the best forms of charity.

My friend, your act of kindness has changed the lives of these 12 families forever, and they will forever be grateful to you and to those who supported this work.

Let us all be grateful for the blessings we have in our lives, and remember those who are less fortunate. Let us all do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others.

Thank you.

GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Debby Mosseveld came from the Netherlands to join me in my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop.

Debby Mosseveld came from the Netherlands to Bangladesh in order to join me in my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop. November 2022

To check the other participants work visits my workshop website: www.gmbakashworkshop.com

If you are interested to join this exclusive program send an email to know detail at akashphoto@gmail.com

About the workshop: The focus of this customized program is to teach photography going beyond boundaries. Each student will have exclusive access to me through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of my work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

A total of 60 Bicycle distribution has been completed.

A total of 60 Bicycle distribution has been completed.

Dear friends,

Alhamdulillah, I have distributed another 10 bicycles among 10 unprivileged students from six different villages in a rural remote area of Bangladesh.

With these 10, a total of 60 bicycle distribution has been completed. These girls have to walk more than 6 to 10 kilometers to go to school everyday. I hope this small initiative of mine will alleviate some of their suffering.

I will continue this distribution as long as I can inshallah for those who deserves.

My friends, thank you so much for all your support. Without your support and kind contribution, this was not possible. Please keep me in your prayers so that, I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.

Sending my love and prayers.

_GMB Akash

Dr Vikas Bajpai, came from India to join my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop.

Dr Vikas Bajpai, MD, PhD, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, came from India to Bangladesh in order to join me in my exclusive six days One on One photography workshop.

To check the other participants work visits my workshop website: www.gmbakashworkshop.com

If you are interested to join this exclusive program send an email to know detail at akashphoto@gmail.com

About the workshop: The focus of this customized program is to teach photography going beyond boundaries. Each student will have exclusive access to me through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of my work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

A deep water pump for 12 families.

“The best charity is to provide Water.”

My friends, by the grace of God, I have been able to provide a deep-water pump for another 12 helpless and needy families again. Those who could not afford to install a deep tubewell and for which they were living a life of misery and were suffering in various ways due to lack of clean drinking water throughout the year.

Due to its proximity to Dhaka City, it is almost impossible for them to draw water from a normal hand pressure tap in this area. Water can only be extracted by deep tube-wells in this region.

But all in all, it costs around 70,000 takas to install a deep water pump which is an amount that the families are unable to afford…

They always had to collect water from a nearby pond for drinking, cooking, cleaning or washing what is not healthy at all. And if they wanted to collect clean water, they had to fetch water from a far away.

Through a week of hard work, time and effort I was able to install this Deep Water Pump.

My friends, these 12 families sent prayers, gratitude and best wishes towards you all. They said, this tubewell was the biggest gift of their life and most of the miseries of their life will be removed by this water pump tap…

Thank you so much and sending my love and gratitude to you, who are constantly supporting my work and journey.

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

Distributed another 10 bicycles among 10 unprivileged students.

Dear friends, 

 I have distributed another 10 bicycles among 10 unprivileged students from six different villages in a rural area of Bangladesh. With these 10, a total of 60 bicycle distribution is completed. 

These girls have to walk more than 6 to 10 kilometers to go to school everyday. I hope this small initiative of mine will alleviate some of their suffering. I will continue this distribution as long as I can inshallah for those who deserves. 

Sharing a glimpse of my work with you all…

My friends, thank you so much for all your support. Without your support and kind contribution, this was not possible. Please keep me in your prayers so that, I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.  

Sending my love and prayers. 

 _GMB Akash

House for Farzana and her mother.

Dear friends, 

Many of you may remember Farzana Akhter, a brilliant student. Whose only place to live is the balcony of her maternal grandmother’s house. But her greedy uncle is trying to evict them from there too. 

You can’t even imagine that she has managed to make her serial number 5 out of 200 students in her school by studying on that little dark balcony for the last six years, with no electricity or any study facilities! 

Seeing her merit, the headmaster of her school and the English teacher have been giving her free tuition for the past 6 years. Luckily her school friends were always very helpful to her. Without their help, Farzana might never have come this far and appeared in her SSC exam this year. 

She was preparing for her SSC exam, but she and her helpless mother were struggling to manage the big amount of money for her form fillup 3 months ago. Then luckily Farzana came to my notice as like my other hundreds of helpless students whom I help with their Form fillup money for participating in their examinations.

Her story made me cry immediately. That day, by the time she was telling me her story, it was already afternoon, but everyone in their house was still starving because at their house, they did not have a handful of rice to cook!!

By the grace of God, I was able to take their responsibilities and build a house for them. The house was under construction for the last two months meanwhile, Farzana’s SSC exam was going on. Finally, the update post is here. 

To build the house the place needed to be filled with soil. We made two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The earthen floor is paved with cement too. You will be happy to know that I have also arranged some furniture like a bed for them and a table chair for her study, and a rake for clothes. I also arranged electricity for their house. 

For Last two months I have been bearing all the medical expenses of her sick mother who was suffering from skin disease. In total it cost almost 2 lakh taka or 2000$

I took all the responsibility for Farzana’s studies too. For that I will also give her an amount monthly as long as she wants to continue her studies. She wants to be a barrister. I believe she will become one. I also believe, getting a little help can change her life and can fulfill her dreams. Please keep her in your prayers.

My friends, thank you so much for all your support. Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need. 

Sending my Love and prayers for everyone…

Love and Light!

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Love for Amir Hussain and his father.

Dear friends,

You may all remember Amir Hussain, a kind responsible son, who really loves and cares about his father – Abdur Nur who is suffering from a severe ulcer from a long time and enduring a lot of hardships every day but never stopped loving and caring for his children too.

Amir Hussain had to sell his only cow in order to treat his father. The cow was his best friend and most favorite things in his world and the only source of income for his family. But he had to sacrifice his friendship and earnings to save his father’s life.

Despite his father’s treatment, his father never fully recovered and Amir Hussain had to pay a hefty sum of money every month for his father’s treatment which he is struggling to earn.

I believe the story touched all your hearts. Such a responsible and love story between father and son is very rare these days. We can be at least hopeful from this story that poverty has not yet taken away humanity from all people.

The day I heard his story; I wanted to do something for them, so that Amir Hossain can get his friend back and can continue his father’s treatment.

I promised Amir Hussain and his Father Nur Uncle that I will help them to do something for them so they can get a sustainable life.

So, arranging money, I met with them again. Since Amir Hussain is used to rearing cows and knows how to run a household by rearing cows, I did not have to think too much about how to help him. Since they live in the village, milking a Cow with a calf is the best solution and business for them.

I know that; many of you are eagerly waiting for their updates and now, you all will be happy to know that, by the grace of God, I bought a cow and a calf for them. After getting back the cow and the calf Amir Hussain seems to have got his life back. I can’t explain his happiness and gratefulness with words when he saw them… Brother Amir hugged me with all his strength to show his gratitude and started crying while sitting next to the Cow.

The Cow gives 3-4 liters of milk a day and by selling that milk he can earn about 300 taka per day. Keeping milk for his family, he can earn almost taka 9000 per month. Alhamdulillah, now with this money they can live a prosperous life as they wished for. In total it cost almost 1,000 USD.

My friends, your positive inspiration, pure love, and strong faith in me, helps me to move forward every single day. Know that nothing would have been so easy without you all. My journey could never have gone so far without you and your support. I am grateful!

Please keep me in your prayers so that I may continue my mission to change the lives of helpless people in their need.

Sending my Love and prayers for everyone…

Love and Light

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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New school building for students!

New school building for students! ❤️

Dear Friends,

In addition to the individuals and families that I have been helping by giving small businesses and other solutions to impoverished people’s lives, one of my most important social work projects is to educate young unprivileged rural children. As a school extension of GMB Akash Institute of Photography in Dhaka, a few partners and I have built a rural school building outside of Dhaka for children who have no access to education.

They come from 8 different villages outside of Dhaka from day labour families who have never received any education previously. This rural branch of the school was started 7 years ago under a tree with 30 students. Now there are more than 200+ students who are getting education and every year we also provide them with new school dress.

10 amazing teachers who receives monthly wages as well as training for teaching our students. These children will be the first generation to ever be educated in this region.

As you all know, whatever I earn from selling my photography books, Prints of my photos, from my photography workshops and assignments, I use for the betterment of the lives of people in need and the people I worked with.

And my friends, without your support and love I might not have come this far. I am always thankful and grateful.

Our small initiatives can change so many peoples’ lives if we want. You can also come forward and join my Patreon to support the people in need. Sharing the link below.

Sending my Love and prayers

_GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Dark Alleys

“These disorders — schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, depression, addiction — they not only steal our time to live, they change who we are. In the time period of working with drug addict, I encounter tremendous shiver in thought of helplessness that how they are silently dying in these dark alleys and there is no dark Knight to hold them straight only we are here to celebrate the funeral of these fallen stars”_GMB Akash

Drug addiction is a major social evil in Bangladesh, affecting thousands of young people and their families. There are thousands of addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30 from all walks of life. Drug addiction in young Bangladeshis is mainly seen because of reasons like depression. People try to remove depression using drugs as a tool. And this is how they become addicts.

Drug users are taking drugs by sharing same needle with each other. Injecting drug users have few places to turn, and they are one of the groups most at risk of contracting and spreading HIV. Heroin is mostly smoked within aluminum foil or cigarette paper, but in Bangladesh this is injected. Injections through infected needles can cause diseases of the liver, brain, heart, lungs and spinal cord. Estimates of the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh range from 2,500 to 15,000 most of them are affected while taking drugs. A Heroin addict may need about Taka 500 worth of the drug a day. They neglect the needs of the family, and those are non-earning may sell off family assets. They also go out on the streets for mugging and dacoit.

“Rickshaw driver Mohammad Bashir has been addicted to heroin for most of the last 13 years. His habit cost him his job and put an enormous strain on his family. Like most addicts, he often uses shared needles. Police has caught him in the spot, members of his addict team has managed to fly. But police caught him, while he is continually requesting police to leave him in the word of his promise that he will not inject him any more with drugs”

Drug addiction is increasing among the street children who live without a family, love and care. Bangladeshi youth are ‘huffing’ shoe glue, a drug locally called ‘Dandi’, which is seriously harmful to mental and physical health. Up to 17 percent of street children in capital Dhaka are addicted to drugs. Children as young as 10 years old are also experimenting with alcohol, phensidyl, Heroin, Baba, Ganja, pethedrine, and other forms of available drugs. For managing the money for drags these children spends all their earnings on drugs. Some time they beg whole day in the street and end of the day spends everything on drugs.

“Bitter experiences are there too. I visit all danger territory where these addicted people living senselessly. Few of them try to beat me sometime, few of them tied me with their arms and cried and cried, few of them burst out in depression and few of them wants to end their sufferings. But this is cycle of unbearable torment which has no end. In a world with chaos and hunger, everything becomes a guerrilla struggle. It becomes almost impossible to save lives or grow dreams sometime. But yet these lives deserve our affection, attention and sympathy. No medicine is as effective as love to them. “– GMB Akash

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

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Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

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Philipp Gasser, came again for the 2nd time from Switzerland to participate Photography Workshop.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to join this One on One workshop, because Akash is a wonderful person and a great artist. He knows how to take incredible pictures and I could imagine no one else than him as my Mentor. For me, it’s a great chance to improve my personal skill for photography. Akash took me to some exciting places which are rich in photographing subjects. We visited unique places, unique people, and unique situations.

Every day we start at early morning and continue till late evening. Akash checked every single image I took during the shoot, rated them and gave me valuable inputs. Akash is a great teacher. Bangladesh is different and its people are amazing, it’s a huge experience for me. I took one thousand pictures every day. And every day I improved. I see the improvement in all my pictures.

This workshop is time worthy, experience worthy; it’s an unforgettable experience for me to join Akash on this daily adventure through the villages, through the different places. In six days, I took more than ten thousand images. I will leave this country with a big smile’

_Philipp Gasser, came again for the 2nd time in 2022 from Switzerland to participate in ‘One on One Photography Workshop with GMB Akash’

To apply in this Exclusive One on One workshop send an email to akashphoto@gmail.com

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Puran Dhaka, more commonly referred to as Old Dhaka, is the original part of the bustling Dhaka Metropolitan City which serves as the capital of Bangladesh. Old Dhaka dates back to the 7th century, when the area was under the control of the Buddhist kingdom of Kamarupa which ruled for almost 800 years between 350 and 1140 CE. Age-old traditions and a sense of community among the residents of Puran Dhaka have remained particularly strong as the rest of the city continues to modernize. Many agree that the customs of the residents of this ancient settlement are different from general Bengali culture and to explore the streets of Old Dhaka is to take a journey back in time.

GMB Akash

Photojournalist and Profile Photographer at Panos Pictures, London

Founder of GMB Akash Institute of Photography, Dhaka

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gmbakash

Website: http://www.gmb-akash.com/home

Photography Workshop: http://www.gmbakashworkshop.com/

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50 bicycles among 50 unprivileged students.

Dear friends,

Alhamdullilah, by the grace of God I have distributed a total of 50 bicycles among 50 unprivileged students from different parts of Bangladesh.

One of the students, Nomita said, “Brother, many girls from our village, who did not get a bicycle from you, are already married. Due to the distance of the school, they could not continue their education.

This bike not only helped us to continue our schooling but also saving us from child marriage.”

Like Nomita, I have gifted one bicycle for each girl from each family, so they do not need to walk 10-12 kilometers every day which takes hours for them. They become exhausted and cannot pay attention to their education, and they tend to just drop out all together from school.

Thank you all my friends for your kind support and humanity! Without all your love and support I probably couldn’t go this far every day.

Please keep me in your prayers so that I can continue my journey to alleviate the sufferings of the people at least for one day.

Love and Light.

_GMB Akash