First off, I’d like to say Ramadan Mubarak to everyone who’s celebrating. This month is a special and important time for giving. It’s also a different time financially for many Muslims who are not as well off (with reduced time/energy to work because of fasting, costs of food for iftar and suhoor, social/economic commitments for Eid, etc.) A friend of mine in Bangladesh is coming into the month loaded down with previous financial issues from the following year. As a result, he is in need of some extra resources to help pay for his oldest son’s schooling.
This is a request for help financing his son's education! Your generosity during this special month would be greatly appreciated!
I’m creating this fundraiser for Hasan, my friend’s oldest son. Hasan is five years old, and of age to start school. His father's savings had been spent up due to two recent difficult family issues, which is why he needs financial help for his son's education.
Many people at the Asian University for Women may know Hasan's father, who has, for 5 years, driven a rickshaw for faculty members of the University. His father’s limited income goes entirely to paying for food for his large family, as well as rent for his home. Having the children home so often also makes it difficult to work regular hours. Getting his children a good education is really important to him and he could really use your help.
Hasan is really excited about the prospect of going to school soon. He’s expressed a desire to learn, and although he can't write the alphabet yet (though he can recognize many Bengali, English, and Arabic letters), he seems to have made up his own alphabet, and really enjoys writing in it (as depicted in the photo).
A month of tuition for the school his father plans to place him in is roughly 3,000 BDT (38 dollars). One year of school tuitions will be roughly equivalent to 36000 BDT (450 dollars).
My friend's second son, Ismail, is 3 years old, and is of age to start school next year. My goal is set at 2,500 dollars because that will be the equivalent of three years of schooling for Hasan and two years for Ismail.
The summation of costs are:
Hasan’s three years of school - 1350 USD (108,000 BT)
Ismail’s two years of school - 900 USD (72000 BT)
GoFundMe Processing fee (7.5%)- 168 USD
Total= $2,418 USD
(Rounded up to $2,500 USD)
All extra money received will go to Hasan and Ismail's father to pay for things like school supplies, living costs for the children, or tuition beyond the 2 years requested.
The money will go to my bank account, as GoFundMe does not accept Bangladeshi Bank Accounts. If received before the end of the month, while I'm still in Bangladesh, I can give the money to my friend in person, and if received after, I will wire money to his bank account.
Any help that you can give is appreciated! If you have any questions, as well, be free to message me!
(Hasan loves wearing my glasses, so clearly, he is a natural academic.)
*For privacy purposes, at the request of their family, I am using alternate names for Hasan and Ismail.
- Emili Dubar
- Spogmay Ahmed
- Amanda Stroh
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