On April 1, 2018, after four years of hard work, we opened the İyilikhane Bangladesh Orphanage Khulna, Bangladesh, as the third fruit of our kindness movement that we started with bookmarks. (Keep reading for our second and first fruits.) We hope that this home for 170 orphans will empower children not only today but also tomorrow.
Our orphanage is located within an educational complex with separate madrassahs, a public school, mosque and a science laboratory for different age groups. The orphanage is a three-storey building containing 32 dormitories, study rooms, an infirmary, kitchen, laundry, game room, conference room, children’s study rooms and teachers’ rooms, a library and a garden on an area of 730 square meters making it the largest orphanage in Khulna.
With a population exceeding 160 million, Bangladesh is the seventh most populous country in the world. It is a South Asian country adjacent to India. In this land, where 90% of the population is Muslim, a large proportion of the population lives below the poverty line. Due to political instability, civil wars, frequent natural disasters and poverty, it is estimated that the number of orphans in the country is over 5 million.
We continue to contribute assistance to the children in our orphanage to provide them with a safe shelter, a healthy and wholly nurturing environment, and access to education, so they have opportunities we want for every child to enjoy growing into the best adults they can be. You can help orphans in Bangladesh look to the future with hope. Visit the "Online Donation" page to support the İyilikhane Orphanage's operating costs.
We completed the orphanage project costing 625.000 Euro with the support of thousands of volunteers, benefactors and the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which has been conducting field work in the region for years. We collaborated with Bangladesh Aid and the IHH for the construction of the orphanage. And we continue to deliver aid to our orphanage since we handed over its operational responsibilities to Bangladesh Aid and the IHH.