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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Public Utilities

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

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization provides more than just a product, it works to facilitate a long term relationship with the people they serve, providing education and tools in managing and sustaining sanitary environment for their present and future needs. Your dollar makes a thorough impact, due to the board covering their organization's operational costs. The people they help have a support system that they will continue to benefit from, allowing their outreach to garner further dexterity. It is an exceptional non-profit that I have faith in.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work with Brighter Dawns since the beginning. What motivated me to join this amazing organization was to see the genuine eagerness in the team to help some of the most vulnerable people in the slums of Bangladesh. Each and every member of this organization work tirelessly as volunteers and they get the work done. Brighter Dawns is a goal-oriented, very well-organized non-profit that aims to help more and more people as it grows.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Brighter Dawns as a consultant. The teams passion to improve and be as effective as possible is fantastic. They want to grow in the best ways possible in order to reach more people and extend the impact that they have. They were a wonderful team to work with and very passionate about their goals.

Sameen E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm working on starting a chapter of Brighter Dawns at Loyola University Chicago, and everyone from BD who's helped me out has been incredibly supportive. I can tell there's a strong focus on collaboration and and earnest effort to improve the situation in Bangladesh within the group and I'm very excited to get more involved in it.

Zakir S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brighter Dawn was started by a very willing, capable and talented group of students who wanted to make a difference in those people's lives who are often denied by the society. Their focus is simple- find means to provide clean water and basic education in improving personal hygiene. The ultimate goal - eradicate water borne diseases and prevent childhood deaths. Thus far, they have managed to complete three successful missions with limited means. Please join the movement, as I have, to provide the very basic essentials that we all take for granted, CLEAN WATER.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Brighter Dawns when Tashmia was a student at Wesleyan and led our Student Health Advisory Committee. She is dedicated to the cause and is making a difference in so many lives. Her work will continue due to her passion and commitment and tireless efforts day in and day out. Support of this cause is crucial.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great non profit. Tasmiha is a passionate young woman with a vision.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Brighter Dawns through a friend who was also starting to volunteer for the non-profit and had rave reviews about Brighter Dawns' leaders and objectives. After looking into what Brighter Dawns is about I realized that it is a non-profit that has a lot of determination and is completing some amazing projects in Bangladesh. What impressed me the most about Brighter Dawns is its ability to work across international borders and make such progress. Brighter Dawns makes trips over to Bangladesh and has volunteers serving the organization internationally. I like that Brighter Dawns is global in that sense and that the hands-on work done in Ward 12 can be supported by volunteer work across the globe. Tasmiha the founder of Brighter Dawns has been extremely accessible for me as a volunteer. If I have had any questions about volunteer work she has quickly given me guidance. There are many outlets to volunteer through Brighter Dawns and I have enjoyed using my writing skills to serve the non-profit. I am looking forward to continuing to volunteer for Brighter Dawns and observing the non-profit continue to expand and further health and sanitation in the slums of Bangladesh.

Anika A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Brighter Dawns for about 3 years. The group has grown from a bunch of interested students, to one of the most organized and well run non-profit groups in the country. They work to provide water to impoverished slums in Bangladesh and are constantly finding ways to make a bigger impact, be it through increased fundraising, outreach, or sending more people to Bangladesh to work. This organization is a great way to make a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of people, through a very simple way: access to clean water.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I stumbled across BrighterDawns quite accidentally, and became an advisor of sorts. Soon thereafter, it quickly became clear to me not only how important it was in bringing clean water to slums in Bangladesh, but I also admired the passion and fervor of all individuals involved. They are the movers and shakers of our generation. Their cause is striking, timely, highly moving and essential to the human rights movement. It is still striking to me that they managed to take this concept, build an organization, and then become one of the most relevant nonprofits I know of. I'm still moved after 4 years.

Client Served

Rating: 4

the organization mainly works on water and sanitation of slum people of 12 no ward, khalishpur, khulna in Bangladesh. it provides several related services like repairing and setting up wells and toilet and bathroom. it gives sanitary napkin among the unconscious women and also gives water purification tablet. It teaches the little children the write way of hand wash.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brighter Dawns provides impact driven results which are powerful not only to the people it serves, but also exciting for its donors, board members, and volunteers. This rising organization focuses on sustainable development and steady growth through hard work and creative strategies.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The non profit is directly engaged in sustainable health and education program development which is rare for a non profit with such young leadership. This is why this non profit is so unique because it spreads this important message of sustainability and community collaboration among the next generation of international development leaders. And it spreads the word about these issues among the non profit world and the the people whom they collaborate and serve.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As Director of Wesleyan University's Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, I have had the pleasure of supporting numerous young changemakers and early stage social enterprises, and Tasmiha Khan and Brighter Dawns are among the stars. Tasmiha's tenacity and vision are emblematic of a successful social entrepreneur, and Brighter Dawns has the potential to tackle a critical problem with an innovative idea that could lead to scalable, lasting impact.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Tasmiha worked in the Wesleyan University Library office as a student, and she spoke often to me about establishing Brighter Dawns and how they could grow the organization. Tasmiha is a very good motivator, and passionate about improving health conditions in Bangladesh. I have seldom met anyone with the drive, intelligence and dedication to a cause that Tasmiha has.

Tasmiha has drawn to the organization a wonderful team of energetic, committed young people, who are building an organization with real impact. The result has been a growing organization that is making a difference for people with very little access to clean water and health care. I support Brighter Dawns and wholeheartedly recommend it!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Brighter Dawns is the inspiration of one woman, but it has the potential to affect the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of women in Bangladesh. Tasmiha Kahn's vision is to promoting a human right: access to clean potable drinking water, and a secure private place for women to both wash themselves and their clothes, will lead to healthier lives for women and children, and promote the rights of women. Tasmiha Kahn's inspiration is already becoming concrete in some of the worst slums in Bangladesh and bringing smiles and hope to hundreds of women. By engaging the women of the area in their own future and working with them to insure that whatever plans are put in place come from them, Ms. Kahn is helping these women to help themselves - a very powerful form of aid that will surely endure.
Ms. Kahn's vision, energy and commitment are not unique among young people wanting to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate than themselves. What makes Ms, Kahn's Brighter Dawns unique is the methods she uses: engagement of the women who will be most affected. They now have ownership of the wells and the washing facilities - and it will be much harder to take that away from them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I had the pleasure of working with the Brighter Dawns group as they prepared to produce their video programming. A wonderful, thoughtful, and focused group of students making a difference in their world. My hats are off to them! Please support their cause.

Ahsana I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with Brighter Dawns this summer, and even though I've only assisted in a few projects, the amount of work done by this organization was not only mindblowing but also heartwarming. The research, effort and time put into helping the slums of Bangladesh, specifically in Khulna, not only portrayed the poor conditions but also portrayed to me that help needed to be given, which Brighter Dawns has strived to done. I am extremely proud of the work I have done with the organization as well as the work the organization has done as a whole, and I hope to continue volunteering with this organization for years to come.