2012 in Review: Looking Back with Brighter Dawns

Thank you for supporting Brighter Dawns! In 2012, you helped us make a difference in the lives of people in Khalishpur, Bangladesh, and we would like to take this moment to remind you that you’re changing lives for the better, and we want to let you know just how much that means.  
 
Your support means that, in 2012:
  • 108 women and 116 children attended hygiene seminars to learn the importance of sanitation and clean water in preventing disease
  • 500 families received sanitary kits containing vital household supplies they cannot always afford, such as soap and sanitary napkins
  • Every man, woman and child in Ward 12 is right to dare to hope for a better tomorrow

Your money goes not only towards wells, latrines and sanitation kits but also to a greater vision for the future of the slums in Ward 12 of Khalishpur, Khulna. We believe that to improve the overall health of the whole community, we must 
build trust while providing facilities and education. This is why we work with the community to design, implement and monitor our projects: because we are committed to effecting long lasting impact.
As we continue into this year, I wanted to share our successes from the past year with you. The following is an annual report on Brighter Dawns’ work in Bangladesh and the United States for your reference.

Thank you for joining us, and we hope to hear from you again in 2013!

Warm regards,
Tasmiha Khan
Founder and CEO, Brighter Dawns

 

ANNUAL REPORT 2011-2012
Financial Summary
Total Revenue November 10, 2011 – November 10, 2012: $13,782.53
Total Expenses November 10, 2011 – November 10, 2012: $8,410.85
Total Assets as of November 10, 2012: $5371.68
Comparison to the 2010-11 Fiscal Year:

Social Impact

In Bangladesh:
Education
In 2012, we held:
  • 3 sanitation seminars, attended by a total of 108 women
  • 3 children’s sanitation seminars in Ward 12 schools, attended by a total of 116 children
Feedback from the local community
Brighter Dawns strives to integrate community feedback into our work wherever possible, to ensure that the services we provide truly benefit the people of Ward 12. We also assess the effectiveness of our facilities and educational programs in effecting behavioral change through surveying a random set of local households about their daily activities. To these ends, we:
  • Conducted 25 personal interviews with people in Ward 12
  • Surveyed 100 people (50 men, 50 women) in Ward 12
Select survey results:
  • 97% of respondents reported using tube wells for their drinking and cooking water.
  • 96% reported using sanitary latrines.
  • 93% reported washing their hands with soap after using the bathroom.
In addition, 500 household sanitary kits were distributed, supplying soap and sanitary napkins to over 2,500 people who could not otherwise afford these resources.

In the United States:
Brighter Dawns Chapter Program
2012 was a great year for Brighter Dawns’ chapter program, with three new universities starting chapters and dozens of great community events held by our existing ones.
  • Total chapters: 5 (Wesleyan University, Trinity College, Harvard University, University of Illinois Chicago, Universal High School in Chicago)
  • New in 2012: 3 (Harvard University, University of Chicago, Trinity College)
  • Events: 23
  • Total funds raised through events and donations: $3,843
  • Total event participants: 985

Publicity:
In 2012, Brighter Dawns took the spotlight in these major news sources:

Social Media: At a Glance
Many of our supporters have helped us tell the world about what we do through Facebook. Here are some examples:

Conferences and Presentations:
  • Quinnipiac University, reSET Education Social Enterprise Trust Competition, Finalist
  • DoSomething Bootcamp, Participant
  • Bangladeshi Medical Association of North America (BMANA) 2012 Conference, Speaker and Featured Organization
  • Brown University, Social Enterprise Ecosystem Economic Development (SEEED) 2012 Conference, Panelist
  • Wesleyan University, Forum for International Development, Speaker
  • Yale University, Unite for Sight 2012 Global Health & Innovation Conference

Awards:
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
  • Wesleyan University’s “Student Organization of the Year Award” for 2011-2012.
  • Rotary Club of Middletown, CT
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