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Overcoming Obstacles and Making Great Strides by Ronak Darji

 Increased Funding Is Strengthening Our Expanding Foundation in Bangladesh and Beyond


 Em[POWER] is gaining ground literally and figuratively on multiple fronts! First, thanks to the financial generosity of individual and corporate donors over these last few months; em[POWER] has been enabled to transition towards the most impactful and involved phase for our mission in Bangladesh.

It took several months for em[POWER] executives to acquire the proper land space on which to build a new sorting facility for the landfill community of Matuail, Bangladesh. This is mostly because of the complicated challenges posed by buying land internationally, and em[POWER]’s commitment to collaborate comprehensively with local forces every single step of the way. However, despite recent tragedies, hartals, and a cyclone em[POWER] is enthused to announce that the construction and development for the sorting facility is underway!

Here in the U.S., em[POWER] has been continuing all fundraising efforts to ensure we keep building on the momentum of these long-awaited and promising developments. Em[POWER] was recently humbled with a $10,000 donation from Hewlett Packard Canada along with their guarantee for future involvement. This generous act has energized our efforts, and exemplified the direction and scale of our growth as we continue to climb towards a future in which your donations drastically influence the lives and livelihood of landfill workers.

Fundraising aside, em[POWER] has been given an opportunity to hold two events this fall at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. This opportunity is due to the efforts of em[POWER]’s Executive Director, Ryan Integlia, Vice President, Nasir Uddin, and Director of University Relations, Tammy Hsu. Together these em[POWER] representatives have received funding from Rutgers University New Brunswick and Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs to host two events on Global Health related to our Project Blangladesh site!

As well as these two coming events that go hand-in-hand with em[POWER]’s ongoing projects and overall perspective on Global Health, we at em[POWER] helped organize the 2nd Annual International Duckweed Conference that took place from August 21 to August 24th at Rutgers New Brunswick. The organic utility of duckweed and the ongoing research that purports its significance has been an important side-project for em[POWER], and our ED, Ryan Integlia, continues to help find new ways to keep this important conversation going and growing. The keynote speaker of this year’s International Duckweed Conference was Mark Wright; he specializes in Biomass Conversion Technologies from Iowa State University.

Em[POWER] is working with multiple consulting agencies to restructure the overall organization at strategic level. It has expanded and grew its HR segment based on tremendous boom in its project portfolio. We are VERY excited for you to see all the great things going, especially with our new project site in Uganda! STAY TUNED!


What’s New in em[POWER] for 2013? By Ronak Darji

February was an exciting month for em[POWER] on multiple fronts, including growth, exposure, and funding! For starters we were recognized once again for our multi-faceted Green operations model, first as a semi-finalist and honorable mention for Dr. Randall Pinkett’s Campus CEO Challenge thanks to an impromptu submission made by our Vice President and Co-Founder Nasir Uddin.

Nasir was also selected this month on behalf of em[POWER] as a winner for the 2012 Henry P. Becton Volunteer Impact Awards through the generosity of Becton, Dickinson and Company. This award will grant em[POWER] $5,000 towards the goal of better implementing our sustainable model to improve the lives of millions affected by unacceptable conditions in landfill environments. We are happy to announce that Becton, Dickinson and Company plans to match donations already made to us through Global Giving as well for $4000! As if this was not enough to make our month, another generous organization will also be donating $10,000 to em[POWER] through Global Giving in the coming weeks.

We are honored and humbled for the recognition and resources that have been coming our way, yet most importantly we are further energized to build on this momentum towards future phases of our rigorous mission. Giving to em[POWER] will be even easier for donors, already having the option of GlobalGiving.com, and now with the added option GivingSomeThing.org.

Our new affiliation with GivingSomeThing enables donors to send material goods directly to us so they can be shipped immediately to our sites in Bangladesh and Pakistan. This new avenue of giving will help us better provide for the daily needs of many while also allowing our supporters to give in more tangible and personal ways.

And our last but certainly not least bit of news: Nasir was invited to attend the sixth-annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in St. Louis from April 5th to the 7th as a Waste Management Mentor representing em[POWER]. We wish him well during that special opportunity, and look forward to sharing all the details of his experience.


em[POWER] Travels to Bangladesh

Exec. Director of em[POWER] Nasir Uddin recently completed a very successful trip to Bangladesh to review landfill site projects and held meetings with several current and potential partners. Here are a few of the highlights of his trip:

–  Researcher orientation sessions within the Landfill

– Presentations on health safety and hazards as well occupation safety hazard training

– Participatory dialogues with the 250 waste pickers of the landfill and 50 owners and 100 waste pickers of waste collection vans

– Presentation of a laptop to students of the landfill school for purposes of working together via the Internet.

– Provided Gram Bangla with financial support for the school for 6 months provided by em[POWER] Rutgers Chapter


Children of Gram Bangla school

Another six months of education for the children of Matuail Landfill families has been donated by em[POWER]’s Rutgers Student Chapter. Many thanks, students!


Training for Women Trashpickers

Women’s em[POWER] training group learning work and health safety techniques in a landfill setting                                                  

Exec Dir Nasir Uddon presenting certificate to Gram Bangla Unnayan Comittee

Mr. Uddin (pictured right) presenting an em[POWER] certificate of appreciation to Gram Bangla Committee members.






The George Washington University – SAPHA and Em[POWER] Energy Group announce Project Bangladesh Health Management Team

The George Washington University – SAPHA and Em[POWER] Energy Group announce Project Bangladesh Health Management Team

Somaiah Ahmed

November 12, 2012

Washington, DC – The George Washington University Chapter of South Asian Public Health Association (GW-SAPHA) has announced their collaboration with Em[POWER] Energy Group on Project Bangladesh.

GW-SAPHA is implementing an ongoing service learning project in Bangladesh in which master’s students from the School of Public Health and Health Services will be able to engage in topics such as sanitation and hygiene, maternal health, and nutrition education.  This collaboration will grant students to strategize a unique plan for training and research on multiple health topics for the Matuail Landfill site in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Matuail Landfill is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is considered the largest dump site in the city.  The working and living population that surrounds this location lacks access to clean water, is exposed to poor sanitation, loss of healthcare, and limited educational development.

Currently, em[POWER] is engaged in its Phase III of implementing their goals on site, which include waste management, sorting facility, composting and vocational education.

This upcoming summer, SAPHA is driven to strengthen the partnership with em[POWER] help the Matuail community as well as enrich the learning experience and teach civic responsibility.

More information is expected to be released at the GW-SAPHA General Body Meeting in January 2013.


SAPHA (South Asian Public Health Association) was established in 1999 by 10 individuals in effort to raise awareness about public health issues of South Asians at a national level.  The George Washington University chapter began in 2009.

Our mission is to promote the health & well-being of South Asian communities by advancing the field of South Asian public health through interactions among health professionals & shared resources, focusing on research, education, communication & advocacy in the US.

To learn more about this project, please contact:

Somaiah Ahmed, Vice President


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