Sponsoring One Child Uplifts an Entire Family

The comprehensive nature of DCI’s Sun Child Sponsorship Program means intervening in the life of one child can break the cycle of poverty for their entire family. We’ve seen this in the case of Shima Rani, a student from Nilphamari, Bangladesh who has received DCI support since 2006, when she was in … [Read more...]

Stopping Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Sharmin’s Story

Sharmin Akter is a student from Feni, Bangladesh who enrolled in our Sun Child Sponsorship Program in 2006. DCI sponsorship has provided Sharmin educational materials, family stipend, and after-school tutoring support, but due to her family’s dire poverty her parents were considering arranging an … [Read more...]

DCI Director Dr. Nina Hoque Visits Bangladesh Projects

Distressed Children & Infants International’s Director Dr. Nina Hoque arrived in Bangladesh on Tuesday evening, July 28th, for a two week visit to assess the progress and performance of DCI’s programs. During her visit, Dr. Hoque has met with DCI Goodwill Ambassador Babita Akhter, Patron Sabina … [Read more...]

Najmin from Sun Child Home passes HSC Exam

After losing her father at an early age, Najmin Begum was sent to a government orphanage in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Seeking to provide better care and education, DCI brought her to Sun Child Home for Orphans and had her admitted to Kisholay Girls College in 11th grade. In addition to her regular … [Read more...]

Sabina Yasmin Inaugurates Free Eye Camp & Awareness Camp for Mothers in Dhaka

On August 1, 2015, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) conducted an eye screening camp and awareness camp for new mothers in Kallyanpur, Dhaka. The legendary Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin inaugurated the camps as DCI's chief guest. Prof. A.K Azad Khan (President, Diabetic … [Read more...]

DCI Observes World AIDS Day

Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) has been deeply inspired by this year’s Worlds AIDS Day theme “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation”. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now over 35 million people living with HIV, including 3.2 million children. Worldwide, 17.8 … [Read more...]

Khadiza’s Success

Khadiza Begum is a DCI supported student who now studies in Standard Eleven at Idris Molla Degree College in Patuakhali district. DCI has supported Khadiza since 2005 through the Sun Child Sponsorship Program. Thanks to DCI sponsorship, which allowed her to stay in school instead of being … [Read more...]

DCI Program Coordinator Asahi Hoque Addresses 2014 Intl. Bangla Festival Youth Forum

On June 15, 2014, Asahi Hoque, the Program Coordinator of Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI), addressed the 2014 International Bangla Festival Youth Forum in New York. The title of her presentation was "Volunteering Matters: Stories of Underprivileged Bangladeshi Children". The … [Read more...]

DCI Holds “Journey for Child Rights & Sight” Concert Featuring Sabina Yasmin in CA

On April 12, 2014, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)’s California Chapter organized a benefit concert featuring legendary Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin. The special event was part of DCI’s “Journey for Child Rights & Sight” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about child … [Read more...]

DCI Holds “Journey for Child Rights & Sight” Concert Featuring Sabina Yasmin in CT

On April 5th, 2014, DCI hosted a concert with legendary Bagladeshi vocalist Sabina Yasmin in Hartford, Connecticut as part of its ongoing “Journey for Child Rights & Sight” series, which raises awareness about child labor and blindness. The event was an outstanding success: it was attended by over … [Read more...]

“Magic & Mayhem” Show at UCONN with Michael Turco

On March 24th, 2014, DCI's University of Connecticut (UConn) Chapter invited Michael Turco, professional magician and DCI Goodwill Ambassador, to perform his "Magic & Mayhem" show as part of DCI's "Journey for Child Rights & Sight". This show was made possible by the generosity of Michael Turco and … [Read more...]

DCI Executive Director Addresses Yale UNICEF Conference

On Saturday, February 1st, 2014, the Yale UNICEF Club invited DCI Executive Director and Founder Dr. Ehsan Hoque to address the annual Yale University UNICEF Conference as a keynote speaker. Dr. Hoque's presentation on DCI's efforts for child rights and sight was well received, and many of the Yale … [Read more...]

Moyna’s Story from the Slums of Dhaka

Moyna’s father died when she was only 5 years old. She has seven siblings; three brothers and four sisters. Her elder brother was married and could not look after them. Without their father’s income they were in a state of despair. Her mother had to find some job to support her family. So the family … [Read more...]

Zakia Begum Becomes a DCI Tutor

“I don’t think about my past anymore. I thank DCI for turning things around. I never thought I could get a chance like this here in this village.” -Zakia Begum, DCI Tutor Zakia Begum was born into a farmer family in remote Bangladesh. She is the youngest of three siblings. According to the … [Read more...]

Sharifa Receives Shelter at Sun Child Homes

Five year old Sharifa Khanam lived with her mother and four siblings at the village of Gabrol in Nilphamari district. She is the youngest of their family. Her father died before her birth, and Sharifa grew up with her mother and siblings in extreme poverty. She doesn’t know how her mother and elder … [Read more...]

Mithila, a Street Child, Takes Shelter in DCI’s Sun Child Homes

Mithila Akter, a 5 year old girl from Bangladesh, was living with her maternal grandmother in the street. She once lived happily with her parents. Her father was a driver and her mother worked in garments. One day her father died in a bus accident. Mithila’s mother felt helpless. After six months … [Read more...]

Young Cowboy Becomes a Student

“I did not get an opportunity to live with my mother. Whenever I was ill, I longed for her so much, but there was nothing we could do. After completing my education I will get a job so that I can rescue my mother from garments work and stay close with her.” —Ibrahim Hossain In this world it is … [Read more...]

Rashida Begum Gives Birth to Baby Girl with Help of DCI Clinic

Rashida Begum, 20, came to Dhaka with her family 11 years ago. She took work as a maid servant in Dhaka through the help of one of her neighbors. Rashida’s marriage was arranged for her 3 years ago. During a DCI field survey, social workers from our Health for Underprivileged Program identified … [Read more...]

Mizanur Rahman: Determined to Help His Family

“I want to build my future so that I can remove all of my family crises. I will also work against poverty” –Mizanur Rahman Mizanur Rahman (age 11) comes from a extremly poor family of four children (two boys and two girls) in Feni district, Bangladesh. Mizanur was only six years old when he … [Read more...]

Shipon Hossain: Ready for a Bright Future

“ My father told me that education is a long time process for earning money, but you can earn money during childhood. So he involved me in fishing.” –Shipon Hossain Shipon Hossain is a first generation learner in his family. Now he is a student in grade two. But it was not easy to involve him … [Read more...]

DCI President Dr. Brian DeBroff Visits UK to meet and strengthen DCI UK team

Distressed Children & Infants International’s President Dr. Brian DeBroff will visit UK for two days to meet DCI UK team. Dr. DeBroff will supervise and strengthen the DCI team and activities in UK. DCI UK team will meet Dr. Brian on December 30 at 8:00pm at Goring Hotel, Beeston Place, Grosvenor … [Read more...]

Journey for Child Rights & Sight Breakfast with Hamden Rotary Club

On Nov 12, Tuesday, the Hamden Rotary Club invited Dr. Ehsan Hoque, the founder and Executive Director of DCI, to a morning breakfast meeting at the Irish Pub in support of DCI’s efforts for child rights and sight.  It was a very successful event and about 30 Rotarians attended. DCI is grateful to … [Read more...]

DCI Purdue Chapter Hosts First Event

On Saturday, November 2, 2013 newly formed Purdue Chapter DCI hosted a fundraising event in collaboration with the band Bodna Chors from the Bangladeshi Student Association. The concert included a variety of Bengali music ranging from pop to rock. The auditorium was filled with high energy from … [Read more...]

DCI Conference on Child Rights & Sight at Yale University on September 28, 2013

Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) recently hosted its 4th “Conference on Child Rights & Sight”. This exciting, high profile event took place on September 28, 2013 at Yale University to coincide with ‘Child Rights Week’ and ‘World Sight Day’. The day was filled with … [Read more...]