Efforts in Youth Development of Bangladesh
During childhood, Jahin’s best friend was forced into a child marriage. Then, in third grade, Jahin’s friends were attacked by a group of 25 men during a violent political protest. Growing up, Jahin saw many street children who were brutally beaten on the road, which showed to Jahin how urgently the world needed to change.
After moving to the United States, Jahin founded the NGO, ‘Efforts in Youth Development of Bangladesh’ (EYDB). Through this organisation, Jahin has raised around $35,000 to fund projects, such as building a free school and training teachers, resulting in 1,000 street children receiving free quality education.
Through EYDB, Jahin has taught more than 200 girls to sew their own reusable period pads, helping them overcome the cost and stigma around menstruation. Leading a team of 300 volunteers, Jahin has gone on to build libraries, run literacy programmes, build bathrooms for rural schools and created a drug rehabilitation centre in Dhaka. The daycare centre means that the children of garment workers can access education, and women who have experienced domestic abuse can develop their own careers.
Jahin’s ultimate ambition is to support all 600,000 homeless children in Bangladesh to have a better start in life.