Brighter Dawns is a non-profit organization committed to resolving health issues in slum communities in Bangladesh. Our current goal is to make improve health and quality of life for residents of Ward 12 in Khalishpur, Khulna. Our current project addresses clean water access and lack of sanitation, by repairing and maintaining tube wells and sanitary latrines, as well as holding health seminars to teach women and schoolchildren the importance of basic sanitary practices such as hand-washing.
In the summer of 2010, Tasmiha Khan took a family trip to Bangladesh that transformed into something much more. While visiting family in Khalishpur, a district of Khulna, Bangladesh, Khan ventured into a nearby slum known as Ward 12. She was shocked to find people living in this crowded settlement just a short walk from her relatives’ home, and was even more amazed when the local women reached out to her and welcomed her into their homes. Touched by the hospitality of the people she met, she felt compelled to help them improve their lives by combating the many health risks they face each day.
Now operating as a 501(c)3 non-profit registered in the state of Illinois, Brighter Dawns has successfully completed a pilot project with the help of WPCF, the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation, and many other supporters. The organization is currently conducting research to determine the direction of its next project in order to continue addressing urgent health needs in Ward 12 and other slum communities in Bangladesh.