A Message from our Founder December 1, 2011

My name is Aafaque Akhter and I am a physician. I am the founder and one of the trustees of “Dabar Charity”. Dabar is the name of my village where I grew up in India as a child. Dabar is located in the county of Kishanganj, and in the state of Bihar. Bihar is known as one of the poorest states in India, while Kishanganj is one of the most educationally backwards county in the state of Bihar.

I was born in Dabar in the year 1968. The village until 2010 did not have any electricity, paved roads or a school system. My father unfortunately died when I was only 3 years old. Both of my parents did not know how to read or write which brought on numerous challenges. After my father died, my mother struggled to raise six children on her own in a remote village. With the grace of God and help from our family, friends, neighbors and the government, my siblings and I are very successful.

Thinking about what I wanted to achieve in my life, I became a doctor and travelled to Ireland where I earned my degree. In the year 2000, I was fortunate to find a training position at Harvard Medical School located in Massachusetts. After my graduation from my training, I started small projects for my village in India, ie: sending poor female kids to school, helping people build their houses within the village. For the past two years, I have been trying to make it a little bigger and more systematic.

At this point in my career, I founded Dabar Charities Inc in August 2011 to continue the charity assistance and to expand the programs. We are currently working on the following projects:

1: Giving financial aid to widows and their children. I give them enough money that they never have to sleep hungry.

2: Emergency medical care: Health care in not available in my village, if at all available in the nearest town, it is expensive and unaffordable for poor people of my village. I try to assist them in life threatening circumstances.

3: Poor children, if not guided and given an opportunity, will end up digging trashes and begging on the street, I send them to school, provide them with fees, clothing and books.

4: Poor, children who are trapped in religious schools, if their parents show interest in moving those kids from religious schools to secular schools; I unconditionally support their efforts. I believe, just having religious education is worse than having no education. At least, if a poor child is not going to a religious school, they can learn to work manually and can make their living. By attending religious schools, it can deprive children of manual labor and when after 12-13 years, they come out with no education except religion. This causes many issues such as not being able to find a job and they cannot work manually.

Including the previous mentioned projects, I am also planning to expand my charity reach to the following areas:

1: Sending poor rural girl children to girl’s schools and providing them with books, clothes, their fees and transportation.

2: Adopting pregnant women for their prenatal care. Still hundreds of women die during prenatal and delivery period.

3: Vaccination and regular annual physical exam and treatment for chronic medical illnesses among village poor.

Aafaque, Akhter, MD