One of the growing concerns among the environmentalists in Bangladesh is the increasing pollution of the major rivers. The situation is made worse by the fact that ground water in most parts of Bangladesh is contaminated by alarming levels of arsenic. There are predictions of Bangladesh will face huge crisis of safe drinking water in the decades to come. To support the cause of safe drinking water and a flourishing Bangladesh in future, Touching Souls International is providing fellowships awards for water forum journalists who provide the best research work on the environment.
As per the fellowship program, journalists in Bangladesh who do research work on subject such as the effects of water pollution and its effects on the people of Bangladesh, arsenic contamination in ground water, betterment of the environment and other environmental issues are eligible for the fellowship. The journalists are required to submit their research work upon which it goes to an expert review board which comprises of noted environmental journalists. The best three researchers are thereupon selected for the award wherein they are given a Water Journalism Fellowship certificate and a monetary award.
Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization has been actively trying to encourage research and action in the field of environment in Bangladesh which is facing huge crisis due to the fast growing population. Investigative reporting on environmental issues is encouraged under this fellowship award program. The major rivers in Bangladesh which are a source of water have reached alarming levels of pollution threatening the entire ecosystem. These fellowship awards are helping in encouraging more journalists to take up the environmental cause and raise awareness among the masses about water pollution and its disastrous effects.
Arsenic related contamination of ground water has become a national crisis in Bangladesh. According to the latest estimates about one third of the tube wells in Bangladesh pump up water exceeding the arsenic standard of 50 ppb (parts per billion). In worst cases arsenic levels are alarmingly 2000 ppb or 40 times over the acceptable level for drinking water. It is resulting one out of five deaths in the country as per some estimates. Touching Souls International is running arsenic awareness campaigns in various parts of Bangladesh to prevent them from becoming victims of arsenic contamination.
Touching Souls International a New York based nonprofit organization has been actively carrying out charity and developmental projects in health, education and family welfare. It has a group of active volunteers who oversee the progress of projects and regular organize health and welfare camps for the masses. The organization has been actively supported by a group of philanthropists to carry out its campaign to bring about a change in the lives of people in Bangladesh. These campaigns are run in some of the most backward regions of the country