I was taking a class on the topic of “Purification of Hearts” and in one of the sessions, our teacher mentioned that “eating meat” used to be a sign of luxury back in the days. Only the elite could afford to eat meat. I was surprised because today even middle class average Muslim families cannot imagine their dinner table without the proper share of their protein. She continued to say that one of our pious predecessors stopped eating meat toward the end of his life. Even though it is totally permissible to eat Halal meat in Islam, he was only eating fruits and dry food because he calculated that it takes him more time to chew on meat which he could have spent to worship Allah in better ways.
This is Parvin Begum, she was married and had two baby boys. Unfortunately her husband married another woman and left Parvin and her two sons. They lead a miserable life for a couple of years and then she divorced him. She does not want to remarry. She dreams of sending her two sons to school but she does not have any money. So far she lead her family with the support of her brother who is also poor.
Last month, I met with her and asked her to learn sewing. She learned it in a month as she knew some before.
Komla Banu, I call her Dadi (grandmother). Her husband, Gazol vai was a very funny and emotional person. He loved his wife so much. One day he watched a movie named “Komlar Bonobas”, the heroine’s name was Komla, the same as his wife who was sent to bonobas (Bonobas means forced to leave from house and sent to outside of civilization). I noticed that Gazol vai was weeping, I asked him “why are you crying?” He said ” I love your dadi so much.” Then I realized that he loves his wife so much that he could not tolerate a girl bearing his wife’s name,
“My wife and I always dreamed of having children and raising them to be educated. We wanted our children to have better lives than us. After many years of trying to conceive, we realized maybe we were not meant to have children of our own. However, I was not ready to let go of our dream. We decided that we could still have a family and decided to adopt an orphan girl. God had plans we did not know of. After some time, we were surprised and blessed with a daughter of our own. After so many years thinking we would not have children;
A child is our future. If a child grows with carelessness, lack of nutrition, and without proper guidance then the nation will be full of illiterate, unproductive, weak, dishonest and blind resources. The nation will be as like a rudderless ship. So from the beginning of a child’s life we should be careful about their health, education, and nutrition. Projects for Humanity is trying to stand beside the children to build up their lives properly. As part of this, we arranged a program on January 2nd 2017, in 15/Roshia Primary School to present to students about oral health care and distribute teeth care products (toothbrushes and toothpastes) to the school children.
Bangladesh is a densely populated country. The number of doctors are not sufficient to the massive number of people. Specially the poor rural people suffer since they do not have enough money to go to the town to get their treatment. P4H is trying to stand beside them by launching a “Minute Clinic” from where they will get free medical treatment by a specialist doctor.
I used to work as a day laborer when I was young. However, now in my old age, I can no longer work the way I used to. My only asset in life is my mud home. My wife and I never had any children. It is only the two of us in this world. We don’t have anyone to depend on. We have several health conditions due to our old age, but are very thankful to still have each other. The only thing I worry about is having three meals a day for my wife and I. I have never begged others and I never want to beg.
“You have built the society, now society is for you.”
Mothers gave their whole life to raise their children. However, at the end of life, for some mothers there are no place for them to stay in their children’s luxurious home. We often see this pathetic scene of old age home in the media. But some news are never published in any media e.g. a poor family used to live well by the earnings of the husband and children. Now the husband has passed away and the children are preoccupied with their wives & own children &
Sayed Hossain passed away 15 years ago, left four daughters and his wife. Two daughters are married and the rest are unmarried. His wife has aged now, his two daughters sew Nakshi katha and they are able make one katha per month and make 1500 taka. They lead measureable life with this small income. We gave one sewing machine to his talented daughter who learned how to operate the machine. This allows her to make dresses faster and now she earns 3000 taka per month. Hossain’s family is very happy. Furthermore, a wonderful event happened in her life. She got married and found a wonderful life partner.