Eid-ul-Fitr is knocking on everyone's doors. Eids are the longest government holidays that we get and it’s celebrated by everyone. No shops can be found vacant during this time of the year after iftar.
Families, individuals, and friends gather together to buy gifts for their loved ones. While we get to see people welcoming Eid with euphoria, we also notice young souls outside the shops who embrace the Eid vibe by filling their hearts with the happiness of privileged beings.
Till this date, there are more than 1,000,000 children alone in Dhaka who don’t have the privilege to celebrate any occasion with family by their side and their hearts full of revelry. Yet, there are some generous individuals and groups of people who are putting in a tremendous effort into putting smiles on these kids’ faces. Among such, there are two organizations we got in touch with and had the opportunity to spread the word of their generous acts.
Khukumoni Somaj Kollan Songstha
This organization works with underprivileged children. The ideology behind this entity came into existence a few years ago when some students of Jahangirnagar University started feeding street kids near their campus.
Their generous approach spread vastly in no time and gave rise to Khukumoni with their campaign - Khukumoni 1 Taka Lunch - providing meals for underprivileged kids at one taka per meal only.
Eventually, Khukumoni expanded its operations and started schools in different areas of Dhaka. They have a total of eight schools out of which, five are located in different slums of the capital and the other three are situated in Rangpur, Rajshahi, and Barisal.
Unfortunately, three out of these eight schools have temporarily shut down due to lack of funds. Within the school premises, they also run medical campaigns providing free treatment for the children. Khukumoni foundation has been trying to source funds from various organizations but help is yet to be received.
However, this year, they want to make sure that all the kids get to celebrate Eid like any other fortunate one in our society. A simple gift - an Eid dress is way more than enough to fill these innocent hearts of these beautiful souls with joy.
Alongside, they also hope to arrange an Eid-reunion with the children and their families. The most astonishing fact is that Khukumoni has been operating on funds that were donated by friends, families, and acquaintances and they have been doing a wonderful job till date. Although they are carrying out such generous activities, there are still thousands of such children left without a childhood.
This shop kicked off during the month of Ramadan in 2017 when Naeem Zaman - the founder - noticed a pair of underprivileged siblings acting out the roles of a shopkeeper and a customer. They were attempting to buy an "imaginary" dress for eid in front of an apparel showroom.
With a simple question in mind - “Eid is for all then why isn’t there any excitement for them on Eid?” Following this ideology, Naeem along with his friends bought around 50 dresses and opened up a small "shop" on a footpath.
This shop was for the street kids - who could pick any dress they like from the shop and take it for free. This is how Shopner Dokan started its journey and eventually, spread vastly throughout the country within a short span of time.
Now, people collect donations during Ramadan and set up Shopner Dokans on random venues with the hope of making Eid a joyous event for thousands of precious souls.
There are many such organizations and groups of people who work with heart and soul just to bring a positive change in society. Their hard work pays off with a subtle peace in mind that the kids on their streets are not going to sleep with empty stomachs or they will not celebrate Eid without clothes.
These organizations might be small-scale which have a small impact on the society but, if we think of all the organizations, individuals, and groups of people working together, their numbers bring a huge change in the society.
You too can bring a bit of joy in a child’s life and it would not cost more than a good meal. A system is only born when everyone partakes so, together, let us bring about a better society.
Khukumoni Somaj Kollan Songstha
Bank Account: 1629502000463
Bank Name: Shonali BankLtd.
Branch: Manik Mia Avenue, Dhaka.