Seven years ago I packed my bags and flew to my parents’ homeland of Bangladesh. I was just some guy with a camera and a laptop with a lofty goal of “making a difference”. A lot of people do a whole lot of nothing that way – sometimes doing more harm than good. I’m very lucky that things didn’t turn out that way. This is thanks, in no small part, to the YouTube Community, Nerdfighters, and The Project for Awesome.
Over the past seven years, collaborating with both secular charities (like Save the Children), faith based groups (like the Holy Cross Congregation), and local NGOs, I’ve been able to do more than I could ever have dreamed of. This includes responding to multiple natural disasters and providing emergency disaster relief, reconstruction a school damaged by a cyclone, providing a community with clean water, helping a Buddhist orphanage and school, and building a Catholic school (with some help from a Rabbi).
I’ve also been lucky enough to win The Project for Awesome once in 2012. With that money I’ve helped to build a school in a small community that had to wall itself off from because of religious differences. I hoped to overcome those differences by being a Muslim that crossed the wall to build this Christian community a Catholic school. Along the way, I also helped create a slum school with a local NGO. That slum school will need funding again in 2015. That’s part of the reason I want to win the Project for Awesome again this year.
And, if you’re one of the few that actually read the description down to this point, I’ll also mention that Nerdfighter donations and the Project for Awesome also funded a scholarship program. It’s putting Bangladeshis through college and university as I type this. But, I didn’t have footage of it and I didn’t want to make a video with a slideshow with a bunch of photos. So I guess the only ones who will know about it will those that read this far ☺
(Also, quick note at time of upload, the child featured in the section of "Supplies for a Buddhist Orphanage" is a relative of one of the monks. Mentioning it now, at time of upload, just in case I'm insulting any of my Dharmarajika friends who may stumble upon this video.)
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