Dian's Letters

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Dian's Bangladesh visit in April 2009Greetings of Peace, Assalamu Alaykum.

I traveled to Bangladesh earlier this month for two compelling reasons:
1. To visit an orphanage that GiveLight has been supporting over the past few months.
2. To see for myself the condition of orphans in one of the world's poorest countries.
I saw so much poverty and heard so many sad stories. At every street corner, every traffic light, every turn you can see the sign of life's daily struggle. Even in a relatively upscale neighborhood - where I had the privilege to stay at the home of a dear friend - I saw street sweepers with torn clothes, women carrying heavy loads, street peddlers trying to make ends meet, and old men pedaling rickshaws to feed their families.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Orphans,

May peace be upon you.

I returned from a five week trip to Indonesia less than a month ago. That trip was like none I had ever taken before. Seeing the home we built for our orphans and meeting the children for the first time was such a moving experience. In the beginning the children were shy and kept their distance from me, especially the younger ones. But after spending a few days together, singing songs in the three languages, reading poems, sharing many meals, talking about their plans and dreams, we became very close.

The two weeks following the Asia Tsunami were the most depressing and horrifying moments of my life. Not only did I lose those closest to me, but I also witnessed my entire homeland being torn to pieces. My whole existence was shaken and the images of destruction and suffering haunted me night and day. I asked myself repeatedly, “What can I do? What should I do?”