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"There's a stark dynamic between the rich and the poor," Khan said. "I wanted to see how these people live, but I really had to push my family. They were scared of me getting raped or even murdered."
Many have to share a bathroom with 1,000 people. Those lucky enough to have one of their own have cooking and bathroom facilities in the same room, Khan said.
loved us and wanted us to come back, but said they needed the means to continue to do what they learned," Khan said.
MIDDLETOWN While many vacationers use their time off as a chance to escape their hectic lifestyles or visit distant family members to cure their nostalgia, for Wesleyan University student Tasmiha Khan, that just wasn't enough.
Napolitano approached Khan about designing a three day program that would teach students in her START (Service Through the Arts) class about global health issues.
Over the course of 10 months, from November 2010 through May 2011, Brighter Dawns was able to secure funding of about $15,000 from the Dell Social Innovation Fellowship and a $10,000 from a Projects for Peace grant. Two other chapters established at Universal School in Bridgeview, Ill and Wayne State University in Michigan also contributed by holding countless fundraising events.
Dr. Mitiur Rahman, Khan's mentor, was also instrumental in helping the first project providing safe sanitation get off the ground, she said.
As the development director, Lee said he mainly wanted to help develop the structure of the organization, concentrating on long term goals.
Back in 2008, Khan and her family went on a one month trip to Bangladesh to visit relatives. Khan said her stay eventually grew dreary and she longed to venture out to another part of the sovereign state the slums.
However, "there is a bit of gray area" since the two divisions still hold meetings together and often participate in the same events, he said.
"The strongest thing that struck a chord in me was a letter a woman wrote saying 'God listened to our prayers and provided us with Brighter Dawns'," Khan said.
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The slums located in Ward 12 of Khalishpur really blew Khan away, she said. only get the opportunity to see on TV, Khan said she was truly able, for the first time, to "understand what it means to live on a dollar a day."
During this visit, not much had been done or could be done for that matter. Khan not only had a lack of funds, but it was her first time "exposing" herself to the problem, she said.
Under the supervision of Project Manager Matthew Donahue, also a Wesleyan student, the chapter level focuses more on community initiative and campus events, he said. This allows the organizational Louboutin New Collection 2017 level, Lee said, to "strictly gaze abroad, focusing on projects."
After getting governmental approval from the Khulna District, which Khalishpur is a subdistrict of, the organization was now able to "provide the people with renewed hope and faith," she said.
When asked what made him become part of the movement that teaches locally and acts globally, Lee said that for him, it wasn't all about helping people, but instead his fascination of the Middle East and Asia.
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When she went back to Khalishpur for the second time in 2010, she had a plan.
It's clich , she said, but if a person really believes in something, he or she can achieve it. While on a summer break, she went to her hometown, Chicago, and devised an outline of the most important challenges that needed to be tackled. It was there that she created Brighter Dawns, an organization that focuses on improving slum conditions in Bangladesh.
Several women even invited the Wesleyan senior into their homes.
determined that this was going to change," she said. "My friends and family thought I was insane in college, no funds."
"We struggled a lot gazing out to Bangladesh and trying to do things in Middletown," Lee said.
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Wanting to be a bigger part of Middletown explains why the group recently partnered with Green Street Arts Center, organized by Marissa Napolitano, also a Wesleyan student.
"When I was little I would make collages," Lee said. "I was fascinated with the culture, the political system and the people. Naturally I gravitated toward the organization because it directly impacted a lot of the things I was passionate about health care and medicine, and my childhood fascination."
The group continues to hold charity events, both on and off campus, in order to complete more projects in Bangladesh. Brighter Dawns has even split its group into two divisions, one being at the chapter level and one being at the organization level, according to development director and Wesleyan senior Jason Youngbin Lee. This way the organization can avoid running into a lot of the problems it faced in the beginning, he said.
"We're looking to expand community initiative," Wesleyan sophomore Donahue said. "We want our base in Connecticut to be stronger, want to be well rooted in Middletown."
"There was no running water," she said. "Seven to eight people of extended family, living under one roof. Words aren't enough to justify the conditions."
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