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

DCI "Journey for Child Rights & Sight" Concert with Sabina Yasmin (Hartford, 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 750 people and raised a substantial amount of funds for DCI’s charitable work. The concert also significantly increased DCI’s visibility in the local community and drew attention to the grave problems facing children in Bangladesh and other countries.

Sabina Yasmin, the Bangladeshi icon and internationally acclaimed singer, was assisted on tabla by Debu Nayak, guitar by Monowar Hossain Tutul, and keyboard by Masud Rana. Other talented performers included Jahangir Sayeed (Bangladesh) Sharmin Akhter (Connecticut), Kanon Hasan (Connecticut), Sharmin Chaudhury Brishty (New Jersey) and Opu Rahman (Connecticut). A special rendition of “Amra Korbo Joy” was performed by DCI’s local youth group.

Sabina Yasmin spoke between songs about her experience with DCI and urged the audience to take initiative in supporting DCI’s mission for underprivileged children. The audience was very moved by the performance and gave a lengthy standing ovation.
DCI President Dr. Brian DeBroff and Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Hoque presented about DCI’s mission on behalf of underprivileged children. Dr. Fahmeed Hyder also shared his experience with DCI and encouraged the audience to get involved. An informal networking reception was held following the event.

Vice President of ATN Bangla Television Mr. Tasik Ahmed was in attendance and commented, “I came here from Bangladesh to show the wholehearted support of ATN Bangla for DCI and its excellent hard work for underprivileged children of Bangladesh. Poverty, hunger, child labor and lack of education among the children and youth in Bangladesh are still a serious concern for all of us. As a Bangladeshi and the Vice President of ATN Bangla Television, I feel we have the responsibility to help raise awareness about these issues among the Bangladeshi Diaspora and also Bangladeshis living in Bangladesh through offering support to DCI and helping their events gain visibility. We will do whatever necessary to support the mission of DCI and will stay with DCI in any endeavor for the underprivileged.” ATN Bangla Television and ATN News is media partner of DCI and Mr. Tasik Ahmed is working as media consultant for DCI.

The great success of the concert demonstrated that DCI has a sizeable and motivated group of supporters in Connecticut who are using their skills and creativity to serve the underprivileged. DCI thanks the organizers, performers, and attendees for taking part in this special evening and helping strengthen DCI’s network to combat child labor, poverty, and blindness.
Please join DCI in its fight against poverty, child labor, and preventable blindness in Bangladesh. DCI Patron singer Sabina Yasmin, Bangladeshi icon and internationally acclaimed singer and Dr. Ehsan Hoque are available for interviews. Contact DCI at 1-203-376-6351 or dci[at]distressedchildren.org.

See photos from the concert on our Flickr page!