“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...]

DCI Program Coordinator Asahi Hoque Working on Women’s Health Project in Dhaka, Bangladesh

DCI’s Program Coordinator, Asahi Hoque, is currently in Bangladesh doing research on maternal health with the “Holster Scholar Award” from University of Connecticut (UCONN). Her project involves: Understanding why extremely poor women of developing countries are not accessing healthcare. What … [Read more...]

UK Student Samah Majid Volunteers with DCI in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Samah Majid, a student of UWC of the Atlantic in Wales, UK, came to Dhaka, Bangladesh to work as a volunteer for two months with Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) and Rights & Sight for Children (RSC). She will be working at the Sun Child Home orphanage and also at DCI’s … [Read more...]

Press Conference Held with Babita in Toronto

Babita Akhtar, internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi actress, calls for support to DCI’s mission to protect the rights and vision of underprivileged children. Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) hosted a “Press Conference on Child Rights & Sight” in Toronto on July 19, 2013. … [Read more...]

DCI and Founder Dr. Ehsan Hoque Awarded 2013 FOBANA Outstanding Community Service Award

DCI is this year’s recipient of the FOBANA Outstanding Community Service Award. DCI was chosen for its work on child rights protection, child labor prevention, health and education. FOBANA presents its annual award to an individual or organization making a significant impact through humanitarian … [Read more...]

Mohi Uddin’s Story

“I want to be a doctor and provide health services to the poor, because my mother died without any treatment.” –Mohi Uddin Mohi Uddin cannot remember his father, because he never saw him. When his mother Nepuli was pregnant his father left them. Having no alternative, his mother returned to … [Read more...]

Patuakhali Sun Child Community Receives an Adult Training & Recreation Center

At DCI, we feel that once a child has been chosen for our Sun Child Sponsorship Program we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to promote and safeguard the child’s welfare. The Patuakhali District, one of DCI’s Sun Child Sponsorship project locations, was devastated by Cyclone Sidr in … [Read more...]

DCI to the Rescue!

On October 11, 2008, Mahibul Akhon, brother of Sun Child Saiful Akohn, was playing with some other boys. They started to push a van nearby and suddenly it rolled backward onto Mahibul’s left foot. He lost consciousness. He was brought to the health complex 12 km away, where the local doctor … [Read more...]

Kodvanu Sees the World Anew

Kodvanu, aged 75 years, is a resident of Shaula village in Patuakhali district, Bangladesh. Kodvanu has been suffering from cataract problems for several years. There is no health care facility in the village or nearby, and she has no ability to go to the district town for treatment. “I have no … [Read more...]

Honufa Walks Again

Honufa Begum, a young girl living in DCI’s Sun Child Sponsorship project area in Potuakhali, was suffering from osteomyelitis. A local caretaker recommended that her leg be amputated. But since DCI’s commitment is to provide healthcare for all children within its sponsorship area, we brought Hanufa … [Read more...]

Teacher Beats 11-year-old Girl

Fourth grade student, Trisha had difficulty answering her teacher’s question in science class. For this, she got a lesson in bruises and welts! Corporal punishment was declared illegal in Bangladesh back in 2011. But this is just the latest in a succession of stories of teacher beats … [Read more...]