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.
Sponsoring children through DCI and visiting the project areas in Bangladesh is an experience which is unique and enough to change a person forever. I have been sponsoring 25 children for the last three years. I really like the program. It is simple and transparent, and I have direct contact with my sponsored child. It is amazing! –Fahmida Sharmin Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Mutahar Ahmed
It’s difficult and saddening to see true poverty and even more upsetting to see that those who suffer most are children. However, it’s also uplifting to know that organizations like Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) exist to aid those living in poverty. I visited DCI’s Sun Child area in Habigonj, Bangladesh and met all the children in the school where DCI is not only educating the children but also touching the hearts and souls of entire families. I had a great experience with DCI and I witnessed the feeling and attachment to work for the underprivileged children that pervades everything DCI does. There is a strong sense of kinship between DCI’s staff and donors and those children and communities they are reaching. It has been my pleasure to sponsor 50 children in Habigonj for the last 5 years. I am very happy to see that all my sponsored children receive clothing, medical care and educational assistance through DCI. It’s amazing that my small effort and gift has brought hope to these 50 children living in poverty. DCI has an excellent method of allowing everyone to apply their skills for the cause of fighting for children’s rights and lasting improvement in the world. I believe that DCI is a great organization that puts its head where its heart is and accomplishes its goals. DCI is not only helping the underprivileged children and their families but also whole communities in an effective, enduring and efficient manner. I am positive that in long run, DCI will make a significant difference in the world. I recommend that everyone visits DCI’s projects in Bangladesh or India, so you can see for yourselves the change DCI is making with your support. Thank you all for your support. Thank you DCI and please continue your amazing work! Dr. Mutahar Ahmed, MD, FACS Clinical Associate Professor of Urology University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark, New Jersey
Last winter I went to Bangladesh to see my mom and to visit my sponsored child, Laboni Akter Tanjila. I have been sponsoring Laboni for the last couple of years and until now I knew her only from pictures. I was very excited to finally to be able to meet my sponsored child. My brother and I went to her village in Barisal on a big three-story passenger ship. We started from Dhaka around 9 pm and reached our destination the next day at around 11 am. DCI field officers were at the terminal to receive us. Immediately, I went to my sponsored child’s school and met with her classmates. Then I met her parents, who were very excited to see us. The father of my sponsored child climbed a coconut tree and served green coconut water to all of us. Laboni’s father, Monir Hossain is a fisherman and her mom (Farida Begum) stays home with Laboni’s younger brother. Her father’s job as a fisherman is dependent on luck, so life is not easy. After being brought into the sponsorship program DCI is now trying to help Laboni’s mother, so she can earn some money and help the family. I saw with my own eyes how the small amount I am giving is changing lives — it is truly a life-changing experience. I urge you to visit DCI’s projects to see the situation and get involved in any way you can. Thank you. -Anis U. Zaman
Maleka Ahmed Jappy
I am really honored and proud to be involved with DCI. I am confident that the continuous effort of DCI and other organizations will eventually have a significant impact on child rights in this world. My best wishes to the 2011 Conference on Child Rights & Sight. —Maleka Ahmed Jappy, Representative, North Carolina Chapter, DCI
Taslema Sultana, Ph.D.
DCI has given me the opportunity to fulfill my desire to work for the community. Working with DCI gives me a feeling of accomplishment, and DCI has a nice platform for everybody to get involved. I wish DCI’s success in brightening more children’s lives and building their future. —Taslema Sultana, Ph.D. Representative, Oregon Chapter, DCI
It is a great experience working with DCI. The children at DCI’s Sun Child Homes are very impressive and very well mannered. I loved when they sang a song for me. Now I feel attached with these poor and underprivileged children and am happy to say that we are able to work for the cause of fighting for child rights and child labor prevention through DCI. I want to thank everybody involved in DCI for their dedication and effort. Russell Hasan California
Zaynah Chowdhury’s DCI Volunteering Experience
It was a pleasure getting to work with DCI and RSC over the summer. I found out about DCI through a relative of mine who is involved in recruitment and advocacy for the organization in the U.S., and thought I would see if I could do anything to help them while I was in Bangladesh. Since my interests lie in the medical field, I spent time at the Urban Health Care Clinic in the Mohammadpur slum. It was compelling and a great learning experience not only to be present when the patients were coming in, but to speak with the doctors about what kinds of problems the slumdwellers face. Most of the health issues were expected, but it was interesting to see the different skin infections they came in with as a result of living over sewage and it being the monsoon season. We got to speak with the women in the waiting room as well, who gave us firsthand accounts about their lives in the slums and how they came to live there. We also were able to make a trip to the slum and talk to some of the people there. It is amazing to see how they are managing to live in such accommodations, how the children still have fun, and how there is still a sense of community in the slums. The children were excited to see us and play with us, and the women we spoke to were very kind and responsive. I was very impressed with the eye surgery camps that DCI-RSC put on through the support of sponsors, so I asked my mother and grandmother to sponsor a camp. I am glad the donated money was able to support so many eye screening and cataract surgeries, and think improving/restoring eyesight is a very important cause that should be targeted for the health and welfare of the poor in Bangladesh. I think my favorite part of DCI’s mission is the Sun Child Sponsorship Program. Targeting young children and fulfilling their basic education needs is a very big step towards breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. The website that is set up for sponsoring children is easy to use, and I think it is great that a personal connection is made between donor and child by way of drawings or other such signs of progress that are sent to the donor. Now that I am back in the U.S., I will definitely do my best to recruit donors and advocate for DCI’s cause!
Last summer, I worked with Distressed Children & Infants International in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Working with DCI was one of the best experiences I have had. Although my trip was relatively short, I was able to connect with very sweet people from the slums of Dhaka. I will never forget the sweet young smiles of Koli and Jhumur, who lovingly called me ‘apu’ and were surprised that an American born Bangladeshi would even be able to speak a word of Bangla. As I asked about their lives and visited their homes, they asked me about my home and what the ‘bidesh’ America was like. I was greeted by their cheery faces and warm hugs whenever I visited and by the end of two weeks, I truly felt that I had been accepted into their community. I cannot wait until next summer when I go back to Bangladesh, hopefully with a solid project dealing with health problems in mind. I anticipate visiting my two little ‘apus’ in Bangladesh and hope to see that DCI is thriving well. Noha Ahmed