Brighter Dawns

Rating: 4.82 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 7830 W. 87th Parkway Brighter Dawns Bridgeview IL 60455 USA

Mission: Brighter Dawns is a charitable organization that provides preventative care and health education to lessen health disparities in impoverished communities of Bangladesh.
Results: Through our pilot project in 2011, we built 10 wells, 9 latrines, hired 3 community health officers to maintain our work and distributed 1,000 sanitary kits to families in Ward 12 of Khalishpur. In 2012, we have distributed 500 more sanitary kits, held sanitation seminars for over 100 women and 100 children, and made preparations to build 2 more wells and 2 sanitary bathing spaces for women in Ward 12. We have also devoted many hours to improving our project's design to maximize sustainability and positive outcomes for people in need in Ward 12.
Target demographics: Low-income people in the slums of Bangladesh
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,500
Geographic areas served: Khalishpur, Khulna,Bangladesh
Programs: repairing the many broken wells and latrines in slum areas, and holding health seminars on water and sanitation practices

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think this organization truly has a genuine interest to help the people of Bangladesh. I am amazed at how hard-working the advisors are and how much care they put into everything they do. Everyone was very kind, helpful, and professional when it came to dealing with the organizations activities. They never made the time spent boring though. I genuinely enjoyed volunteering with them. It really inspired me to work with them, because I myself am of Bangladeshi descent and people don't really think of Bangladesh's crisis. I hear of so many countries (thankfully) getting aide and media hype about the assistance they need, and I am very happy to know that there is an organization willing to reach out to Bangladesh, albeit small but still densely populated and in desperate need of aide. I am happy that they wanted to target drinking water, because although Bangladesh is filled with over 300 rivers and is itself a delta, clean water is a huge issue. Good Job Brighter Dawns !

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Rating: 5 stars  

Brighter Dawns is committed to building awareness of the serious water quality and access issues affecting families in Bangladesh and taking practical action to improve the water conditions there. The organization is led by a driven, enthusiastic and inspired team whom I have had the pleasure to work with as a member of the board of directors. While serving on the board I had the opportunity to work with the founder, Tasmiha Khan, the board, volunteers and the executive team on a very successful and fun fundraising event in NYC, advise on water, sanitation and hygiene surveys and hygiene training which I have a background in, and support awareness building campaigns, among other activities. Everyone that is connected to Brighter Dawns has a passion for helping others and the work of this organization - through building wells and toilet facilities and offering hygiene training - makes a measurable difference for many of the most vulnerable families in the slums of Bangladesh. This is an incredible nonprofit and very worthy of your time and support! Thank you to the team for the inspiring and essential work that you do.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Brighter Dawns team is exceptionally dedicated, hardworking, and skilled. As a volunteer on a college campus, I was able to learn a great deal about water and sanitation related issues in Bangladesh, participate in fundraisers, and attend nonprofit team building conferences. Brighter Dawns is not only ardently dedicated to it's cause, but also dedicated to its team members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Exceptional people doing much needed work. Not only is their cause extremely worthy, but the directors are delights to work with. Their passion is unmatched.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Brighter Dawns (BD) has the special distinction of rooting its foundation in the conviction that, no matter the physical distance, even a small group of people can make a big difference in the lives of many. Zeroing in on slum communities in Bangladesh, BD has built and repaired wells and latrines; educated the local populace about sanitation; and empowered and employed local women to continue this work. While never hesitating to address major public health needs, BD has been ever-respectful and inclusive of the needs, wants, and voices of the inhabitants of Ward 12 in Kulna and other communities like it, and tailor their efforts to meet those needs accordingly. While working with very few resources and from across the world, BD has done a great deal of excellent and meaningful work, and I have witnessed the people behind it grow their projects and aspirations from more to more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has very dedicated leaders who do their jobs despite having their normal schedules. Supporting them means a lot--it contributes to society!

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Rating: 5 stars  

An excellent organization. I would recommend everyone to join in. People do good for other people and it feels good to help those who need it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Although I haven't had the opportunity to work with this organization, I'm proud of their services for those in need. It brings me immense joy to know that the founder and CEO of Brighter Dawns is a very close friend of mine. I'm glad that she has successfully lead this organization for all these years and accomplished what few her age have so far.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Of the many great nonprofits that I have volunteered for, I have to say Brighter Dawns is right at, if not at the top, of the list! It was great working with fellow volunteers in raising money and spreading the word about the organization. I am fortunate to be a part of the team that is working for a great cause! It is an organization to always remember and continue to volunteer for.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Brighter Dawns is an amazing nonprofit! I originally volunteered with the organization to help over the summer, but after such a great experience, I knew I didn't want to stop. The Brighter Dawns team is very supportive of its volunteers. And at the end of the day, I feel great knowing my handwork is going towards a great cause!

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