Organizations, Ongoing Events &
Internet Access & Help in Dhaka
The Cyber Centre at the Dhaka Library of The British Council has seven PCs
running all the latest software with fast Internet access. Novices are catered
for and more advanced help is available. For more info, email the Centre
US Warden System
The United States Embassy to Bangladesh encourages all Americans to register
with the embassy in Dhaka. Registration is not required, but it enables the
Embassy to contact citizens quickly in the event of an emergency. Registration
Forms can be picked at the US Embassy Gate 2, the American Club gate, the
Commercial Library, or USIS; or call the American Citizen Services unit at 882-8805 to arrange for one to be mailed to you.
There is also a US embassy Warden System, which is a network of American
volunteers that in the event of an emergency transmits official U.S. Government
information to the American community. For example, during last year's floods
Warden System volunteers notified Americans about the U.S. government's response
to the disaster.
American citizens interested in volunteering should call American Citizen
Services Unit, Consular Section at 883805. Wardens and sub-Wardens are
particularly needed in the Khulna District, Rajshahi District, and Dhaka
District outside of Dhaka City, and in the Dhaka City areas of Uttara, Azimpur,
Banani, Mohakhali, Dhanmondi, Tejgaon, and Motijheel. Volunteers undertake to
contact 15 to 30 of their fellow citizens in the event of an emergency.
Cantemus is a Dhaka choir, usually in need of male singers;
periodically new women members are accepted . No need to be able to read
music. Rehearsals every Wednesday evening. For more info, contact Alain at
UNWA Sponsorship Programme
If you are looking for a good place to direct your charitable giving to help
improve the lives of the very poor in Bangladesh, please consider the UN
Sponsorship Programme. They now sponsor four projects, with which they have been
long associated and that they monitor closely:
- Ibrahim School. Snacks, set of clothes, one pair of slippers and one
sweater for the slum children of Ibrahim School. Tk 1000 per child per year.
- Community Participation and Development Project. Tk1000 per child per
- Mother Theresa Home for the Elderly. Breakfast for an elderly mentally
disturbed, homeless woman. Tk 1500 per year.
- TB Treatment. Complete TB treatment for a girl working in a garment
factory. Tk 2300 per girl for 6 month treatment.
Make out your check to United Nations Women's Association, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for the UNWA mailing/drop address, or to arrange a pick-up from your office or
Metrowave Radio 1170kHz - New Private Radio Station in Dhaka
On the air since August 1999, Metrowave provides a variety of programmes -
educational, entertainment, alternative, international & local music
(including rock, jazz, R&B), metro traffic, news, tourism, discussions
in English & Bengali. The Government has not yet granted news broadcast
permission, however they are allowed to broadcast views & opinions
including discussion and interview shows. Metro Wave is working on various ideas
to incorporate wide spectrum of audience including the Expatriate community in
Bangladesh . By Dec 1999 they plan to begin an FM broadcast. Currently broadcast time is 730a-10:30a, 1230p-3:00p, and 6p-9p Bangladesh
time daily. Email email@example.com
El Toro Mexican Restaurant
El Toro, formerly in Banani above Dolce Vita, has reopened at House 1A, Road
138, Gulshan-1. It's just off Gulshan Ave. behind Westecs. A nice restaurant for
kids - my daughter (eight years old) gives it high marks. A subscriber adds,
"[Our family] went out to dinner last week at the new El Toro's Mexican
Restaurant and had a great time. Real Mexican food in fabulously decorated
surroundings. . . . great place for the children (booth seats, crayons,
etc)." Prices are reasonable, corkage is allowed for expats.
Dhaka American Women's Club
DAWC is open to any woman residing in Bangladesh, who is a U.S. citizen, or
the wife of a U.S. citizen. DAWC is an exciting, dynamic, independent
organization with a two-fold purpose. One is to provide a touch of community for
those who enjoy sharing an American point of view from time to time, while
absorbing the rich and sometimes challenging culture of Bangladesh. The second
purpose is to provide assistance to the less fortunate people in the host
community, and we do this by sponsoring various activities throughout the year
(which are also a lot of fun!) For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Russian Language and Modern Dance Classes at the Russian Cultural Center,
Russian Language Courses - the admission for studying Russian is open
throughout the year. We have both morning and evening lessons, plus we offer
individual lessons, which can be arranged at any place suitable for the student
- home or office. The teacher is a native of Russia, who has long experience in
teaching "We also have a Translation Bureau, that makes Russian-English and
Modern Dance Classes - we have a Russian choreographer, who teaches
modern dance steps (waltz, tango, lambada, Latin American, disco,and so forth)
to people of all ages. New groups will begin their lessons in the first weeks of
November and December. There are only nine lessons in one course (twice a week).
At present the choreogropher is giving lessons to adults at the American
International School. In addition to the classes in the Russian Cultural Center,
it is definitely possible to organize lessons in elsewhere eg Gulshan. We
already have one group people who organized lessons at a private residence. For
more information, please, contact : Elena Al-Hussainy edwardah@pradeshta
Office tel 9116314 (10am-2 pm).
For Scandinavians, Filipinos, and Indian Women in Dhaka
Dhaka International Community Church has weekly fellowship groups for
Scandinavians and Filipinos. Contact cindy@citechco
for more info.
Assemblies of God, 401 New Eskaton Rd., Moghbazar. Fri 9:00am and Sun 6:30pm.
Children's church school and nursery/crèche.
Church of Bangladesh, United Church of Anglicans, Prebyterians, and
Methodists. St Thomas Church, New Centre, 391 New Eskaton Rd., Moghbazar. Fri
10am, Holy Communion. Children welcome.
Dhaka International Christian Church, Korean Church, Plot No 288, Block A,
Bashundara. Fri 4:30pm. Children's church school and nursery/crèche.
Roman Catholic, St Mary's Cathedral, Rama, National Major Seminary, Road 27,
Banani. Sat 6:00pm, Sun 6:00pm Mass.
Alchoholics Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous
AA/NA closed meeting Weds 8-9pm, open meeting Sun 8-9pm weekly, Room 134,
Banani Seminary. For information on AA, NA, ALANON, or Coda, contact the British
CLO, email clo@citechco .