100 Smiles in Chittagong

4 Sep
by Sadia Sehrish Islam
Class XI
William Carey Academy
 
September 2, 2011
100 Smiles

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Have you ever imagined how different your Eid would be, if you were a child living on the streets? Just the very thought makes us shudder and yet so many Eids pass by without us thinking about the thousands of children living on the streets of Bangladesh.

On a bright Saturday morning, a group of enthusiastic youngsters gathered in front of KFC, giving up their Saturday morning sleep eager to spread smiles. This event was a project of One Degree Initiative aptly named 100 smiles and organized to share the Eid spirit with little ones less fortunate than us.

Dressed in white t-shirts, we began our journey to Nurture, a charitable school for street children and a hospital for the disabled. When we got there, we were welcomed by the founder of Nurture, Mrs Nasrin Baqui and her sons. We headed straight to the classroom where the children greeted us in unison, ‘Assalamu Alaikum!’ A short introduction session followed where the kids told us their names and we hit it off instantly!

Once everyone was taken up to the hospital ward, the decoration team sneaked out leaving the rest of us to mingle and bond with the incredible kids. Little did the kids know, that their ever-so-dull classrooms were about to have a make-over. The team -who found themselves covered in paint and glitters- did a great job! They even made big charts where the kids put on colorful handprints as a souvenir for the amazing day they spent with us. This session was followed by a hygiene session where the volunteers made sure that the kids washed their hands properly.

100 Smiles Chittafong

100 Smiles Chittagong

 

Thus continued a wonderful day with the children. We further dividedourselves in to groups and some of us got busy adorning the little hands with mehndi, others sang for them and although they were shy initially, they joined us too. It was such a joyful sight to see the kids engaged in fun activities, all the while being careful not to spoil their beautiful henna. Some kept still and got their own portraits drawn, while others gasped and chuckled as the Magic-man entertained them! And there were those little chit-chats. The kids were curious about us too, they’d ask us our names, which class we study in or they were happily showing off their mehndi or their portraits.

As the day drew to an end, a few volunteers busily added more things to beautiful gift packets which were full of exciting goodies for the kids! They all got cool stationeries, candies, chocolate cookies, juice packs and the boys got toy cars, etc while the girls got little jewelries as Eid gifts and many more knick-knacks. Patiently waiting in the line with twinkling innocent eyes, they all got their little gifts from the volunteers who knew they had served the purpose of the day seeing these ecstatic little faces!

Seeing all these gleeful kids made us appreciate life’s little extra things which we take for granted and how just spending a day with them can make a significant difference in their lives. ‘Even a smile is a charity’ and it can be achieved …There was so much more to the day then just sharing Eid gifts. Paying a visit to their school, giving them love, and just spending some quality time together – a day well spent with the kids? Definitely!

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2 Responses to “100 Smiles in Chittagong”

  1. Husma April 19, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Hey could you give me the address & relevant contact details of the people running Nurture? I’m definitely going to check this place out on my next visit to Chittagong! God bless x

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    […] by Sadia Sehrish IslamClass XIWilliam Carey Academy September 2, 2011 Have you ever imagined how different your Eid would be, if you were a child living on the streets? Just the very thought makes us shudder and yet so many Eids pass by without us thinking about the thousands of children living on the streets of Bangladesh. On a bright Saturday morning, a group of enthusiastic youngsters gathered in front of KFC, giving up their Saturday morning … Read More […]

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