|“I have started my own business.” – Md. Imran Hossain
After my father’s death a year back, I had to drop out of school and start working in a small computer servicing center to support my family. When I came to know about ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’ programme, I got myself admitted with support from my shop owner. After completing the 3-month training in Electronics, I took a small loan and started my own computer servicing center, earning more than Taka 7,000 a month. My life has changed, thanks to Robi and UCEP.
|“I now contribute financially to support my family.” – Salma Akter
I was married off when I was in class eight. My husband, a welder in the ship-cutting industry, is struggling to maintain the family and bear medical expenses of my mother-in-law. To support him, I joined ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’ programme, and after completing Electronics training, I was placed as Assistant Technician in a Japanese company. I now earn Taka 4,460 per month, while receiving lunch, afternoon snacks and free transportation from the company. I am grateful to Robi and UCEP for giving me this opportunity.
|“With my income, I can now continue my education, and open up my own mobile phone servicing shop.” – Md. Nasuruallah
Being the only earning member in a family of seven, my father, a tailor, was struggling to make ends meet while continue paying for my education. When I came to know about ‘Gori Nijer Bhobishhot’, I immediately joined the Mobile Phone Servicing training. I now earn more than Taka 5,000 a month by working in a mobile phone servicing center at Shah Amanat Market, and by servicing mobile phones in my neighborhood. Thanks to Robi and UCEP, I can now continue my education with my own income, and eventually I want to start my own servicing center.
|These are a few of the success stories of “Gori Nijer Bhobishhot” – the flagship CR project of Robi. In partnership with UCEP Bangladesh, we are providing “free” technical training to 500 underprivileged boys and girls in Chittagong, on mobile phone servicing, electronics, and sewing machine operation for RMG sector.
We have completed training of 100 students in the first batch, and another 200 students in the second batch are well on their way to complete technical education and start earning on their own. As a company that appeals to the inner conscience of people to Ignite the Power Within, we are truly humbled to see the project delivering on the promise to help the underprivileged youth to build their own future.
|To bridge this gap, Robi launched “Internet4U” – a campaign for college and university students across the country, revealing to them “proper and safe” use of internet as a tool for networking, learning and development. Through interactive sessions and live demonstrations, students are shown the power of internet as a tool for self-education, skills development and employment, leading to a better life.|
Robi was the first operator in Bangladesh to have launched Free Basics, jointly with Facebook, whereby Robi users get “free” access to 22 popular websites without incurring any data charge for contents.
5,000 hours of free internet is provided to more than 16,000 users per year across seven Robi internet corners in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal.
|Robi believes inclusive platforms such as ‘10 Minute School’ can change the way we approach education by taking it to the fingertips of aspiring students who want to excel with access to quality education – regardless of their location, economic status or proximity to educational institutions.|
|Robi observed World Water Day on 22 March 2016, at Kamlapur and Airport Railway Stations in Dhaka – two of the seven major railway stations where Robi provides free drinking water for the passengers and the visitors. The objective of the campaign was to convey the importance of saving water for the future and appeal to our sense of responsibility as individuals to make a positive difference. Awareness messages were on display across the stations, while Robi volunteers engaged with people in the railway stations of various issues related to water wastage and water saving.|