85% of our total operating expenses fund programs for children. So the majority of your dollars go toward exactly what you intended - supporting children in poverty.
I have full support for DCI and I also think in the same way that children represent the future. It is our responsibility to enable them to fulfill their potential to become leaders. Every child is special, and deserves the opportunity for a better tomorrow. -Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
I’m happy there are great NGOs like DCI who are doing the work to challenge us to be better. I am really glad that you are convening this group today. As a member of both the foreign relations committee and the appropriation subcommittee that oversees funding for international aid I look forward to working with you to hearing about the obstacles that you face but also the success that you find to try to make the case for the U.S government to be a bigger partner in combating childhood poverty and visual impairment across the globe.
DCI is an organization of beautiful minds with extraordinary dedication to helping the underprivileged. I have seen DCI’s supported projects in Bangladesh and enjoyed spending time with the children of DCI’s orphanage in Dhaka. I must say DCI sets an extraordinary example of passion, dedication and quality care for underprivileged children. I am proud to be a Patron of DCI. Each child I met is an example of DCI’s success; DCI is bringing hope and dreams to children who never dared to dream! I want to invite all of you to visit DCI projects and see with your own eyes how your help is changing lives. My songs are dedicated to these children. -Sabina Yasmin, Singer
Governor Dannel Malloy
In its 10th year, DCI stands as an example as one of our state’s most successful international not-for-profit entities – stretching its wings far beyond the flagship program in Bangladesh, providing otherwise absent opportunities to thousands of children. I am proud to support DCI and welcome all of you to join the mission to create a better world for children. -Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Ger van der Vusse
Despite many declarations of the United Nations and promises made by almost all governments of the countries on our planet, millions of children are still living in a child-hostile world. Children are not only threatened by malnutrition, diseases and warfare but also by lack of appropriate education. As a scientist specialized in Physiology, I know how big the impact is of inadequate nutrition during early childhood on their mental and physical growth and, therefore, well-being at later stages of life. It is very sad to conclude that despite enormous scientific achievements during the past 50 years in the field of agriculture and nutritional and medical sciences, children are still suffering from malnutrition, leading to famine in poverty-stricken countries and diseases like obesity-induced diabetes in the more affluent regions in the world. One solution to the problem is proper education during childhood that eventually results in the adult’s ability to understand and willing to apply available scientific knowledge in their daily life, to enhance the production of food and to prevent life-threatening diseases. This kind of education should be based on reason and freedom of thought, not on political and religious indoctrination, being one of the biggest threats of the healthy mental development of children around our globe. –Ger van der Vusse Professor of Physiology Maastricht University The Netherlands
My son Mahin Mursalin writes our sponsored kids regularly and gets so excited to get a letter in the mail from Bangladesh. It is an amazing program that changed our daily life. –Rownak Alin New York
Dr. Abdul Ali Manu
My son is sponsoring a child in Bangladesh through DCI’s Sun Child Program since 2005. Abid likes the program, especially the communication with his sponsored friend. Abid saves money in his piggy bank for his sponsored child and always waits for the letter and picture of his sponsored friend. This is like a pen pal relationship and is moving towards a lifelong friendship for him. Child sponsorship is not just about giving some money. I think it is easy to give money. What matters is the involvement and the relationship. Giving your time for underprivileged and unfortunate people is more difficult than simply giving away your money. –Dr. Abdul Ali Manu, President, DCI Canada
Message from Salma Siddique, DCI Youth Volunteer
Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI) is a phenomenal organization that benefits not only children, but their families, and the communities in which they live in. As a pediatrician in New York, we see a huge spectrum of illness and disease, as well as social issues that impact children as they grow and develop. In the United States, we have systems in place to aid families and give children the care and help that they need, but places that are less developed or developing, like Bangladesh, need some extra help to construct and maintain systems of care and sustainable sources of aid for children and their families. DCI successfully attempts to tackle not only medical costs of care for children, but tries to address the variety of social obstacles that may stand in the way for a brighter future. Through their various public works projects and community building projects, families have more incentive to allow their children to stay in school for longer periods of time, giving them opportunities they would not have if it were not for organizations like DCI. What truly separates DCI from other organizations is the idea and driving force behind the organization – Dr. Ehsan Hoque. His vision is truly extraordinary, stemming from humble desires to offer better medical care and eye care, and now spanning multiple areas of aid, now sustained by loyal and generous sponsors from the United States and abroad. Another aspect of DCI that I love, is the opportunity the organization gives to its sponsors to visit Bangladesh and meet their sponsored children and see first hand the different types of projects DCI is working on. This truly allows sponsors to feel that they are connected to the work they are helping to fund and creates relationships that may not have began otherwise. I was able to experience this connection when I visited the DCI office in Mohammadpur in 2010. I met the girl I had sponsored for years before, and it was so nice to be able to put a face behind the letters and drawings I would receive in the mail updating me about how she was doing. The DCI team was so hospitable and welcoming and through them, I was able to volunteer some time in the health clinic in Mohammadpur, which was a great opportunity for me as a medical student at the time. I saw pathology I would probably never see in the United States and I was able to experience firsthand the differences and similarities between global medicine and what we see on a daily basis in the US. My personal experience with DCI has spanned almost 10 years now, and I can truly say that it is an honor to be able to be a part of this organization, in any small way. DCI has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception and I only hope that it continues to grow and prosper – with all of our help and support. I wish nothing but the best for its future, and hope to be a lifelong supporter. Salma Siddique, MD Brooklyn, NY Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York