Our Story

Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) was founded in 2003 in response to the crisis faced by children in countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, and many others. Over the years we have consistently expanded the scope of our programs as well as our impact, and we remain firmly committed to our mission of creating lasting change for children.

The Founding of DCI

DCI emerged from the life experience, values, and vision of two doctors: Ehsan Hoque and Brian DeBroff. Although they come from ostensibly different backgrounds, they share the common goal of empowering the impoverished through education, health and vision care, and family support.

The two doctors discovered that they had much in common – both, for example, led lives of opportunity laced with hardship, and both were concerned with bettering the lives of distressed children. They also had a common dream of preventing blindness as a critical component of this mission. Recognizing that their missions to improve the lives of impoverished children were one and the same, Dr. Hoque and Dr. DeBroff joined together to create an organization that would address the plight of impoverished children.

On May 24, 2003, at a meeting at Yale University Medical School, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) was officially founded. On April 25, 2005, DCI received official recognition from the United States government (Secretary of State, Connecticut). Its journey was formalized.

Join Us!

DCI believes that real joy comes not from social status or material comfort, but from recognizing our common humanity and helping those in need. Please join us in this monumental undertaking, which we are accomplishing one child at a time with the help of compassionate individuals like you.