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    Making of a Dream

    We can make a dream. A dream that will be visible, touchable and replicable. I started saying like this after reading the news on a local daily on November 23, 2013. It was about a story of accidental fire burning of the house of a poor girl Fatema (11) and her family in Ishwarganj upazilla of Mymensingh District. The report quoted demolition of her dream of continuing studies and living under a shed. It attracted me and drove me to the village called Narayanpur on the next day. I put my hand on Fatema’s head and said, “You will have a house”. She, her family, neighbors present there burst into tears instantly. However, I didn’t know whether I could fulfill my promise, but I knew I had a lot of networking with many wealthy and positive people. Started mobilizing my friends on Facebook through personal messages, later I created an event “Ekti Swapno Banabo Fatemar Jonya”(Let’s make a dream for Fatema).

    That event was seen by a number of people on facebook, and they inspired me with suggestions, donations and in kind contributions as well. From the next day I started collecting money from my friends who wished to join me in this cause. Starting with 500 taka I received up to 23000 taka maximum in just 4 days. It was an incredible support I couldn’t imagine. I assigned my fellows in SERAC-Bangladesh to take care of the whole activity in the field.

    When the amount in hand reached 56000 Taka, I instructed my colleagues to make an estimate and purchase equipments and goods at the least price and maintaining the quality as well. On the next Sunday, December 1, ignoring the strikes, our team reached Fatema’s house with all necessary materials and carpenters as well.

    Villagers were more than surprised with the starting of works so quickly and they supported the family with necessary commodities to live temporarily in a broken hut. Every day was a new day of hope making, people worked on as dedicatedly as the house was prepared by 9 days. I monitored the process staying there for 5 days, and watched how a few hands made a dream together. How small contributions resulted into a big construction for a small kid.

    It was in those days when the country people were frustrated with political violence, killing and all negative news every day. I just said, “No Delay”, and with the efforts of a dedicated team of SERAC-Bangladesh, with the financial contribution of UDION Foundation, a veteran war hero, educationalist, former film icon, small job holder, politician, student, teacher, housewife all included 17 hands together to make a real dream, a house for Fatema.

    Yes, we made it. It needed integrity in mind, with a vision to change the situation of destitute people, and honesty that brought honor from hearts. I was treated as more than a respected person by the villagers of Narayanpur when I was handling over the house to the family in presence of the local government councilor. I said, yes we did. It’s not ‘I’, it’s ‘we’.
    Yes, the dream we made is touchable, visible and replicable.

    Writer: Youth Leader

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