A 5 year old’s charity dream: Come on Guys, lets build a house

Remember Rayan?

Guess what, so far we have raised roughly about 90,000 Rs (1755USD)—
We have only a little more ways to go to meet our goal of 125,000 Rs (2384USD)
The money has been donated from friends and family across the globe. Sumaiya reached out to her friends, and I happened to be one of those friends. I reached out to mine and so far the response is tremendous.

I urge you all to help out please. Those who have pledged already, please transfer to my paypal account, as I will transfer to Sumaiya through HSBC and she will to the family. The reason we are doing this is to limit the Western Union transfer fees and get the most money to the family in need. We are ALMOST THERE GUYS—let’s make it happen!!!

I am keeping a detailed record of who is donating what and I promise I will send an email to everyone after the money is transferred and I will ensure Sumaiya sends me the receipts as well:)

With love to everyone
Thanks for all your help so far

please email me for further details mnusrat@gmail.com


It is kind of a funny story

I just watched It is kind of a funny story starring Keir Gilchrist, and Zach Galifianakis. It isn’t the typical laugh out loud Galifianakis movie, it is heart-warming, comical, and very human. It showcases the inner workings of the minds of an institutionalized person. The movie beautifully portrays the social outcasts, the weirdos and focuses on just how human they really are. You can’t help but feel for every single character in that movie. They were all once ordinary people, dealing with the daily S*** of life and somehow, somewhere it got too much and they lost it and became “insane”.

The main character in the movie is a teenager going through depression and almost commits suicide. But instead of going through with it, he gets himself admitted into an institution, where he is supposed to stay for the minimum 5 days requirement. During the 5 days, there are new levels of realizations that he achieves. There are activities for the mentally insane to keep them busy. There is arts and crafts, and music. It feels kinder gardenish to sit and draw. But, through those activity classes, Gilchrist realizes how he is amazing at drawing. During music class, everyone grabs an instrument to play and he becomes a vocalist because no instruments were left for him to play. So he sings under pressure. As he sings, the movie gets into his head. He is dressed up as rock star singing, with the rest of the cast is his band. We have all had that feeling at some point in our life; the desire to dress like a social outcast (rockstar) and to be loved for it, to sing from your heart, and dance like no one is watching. I watched the movie and related to each and every character of that movie.  It made me think of the fine balance between sanity and insanity and how any moment the equilibrium of that can slip. It is possible to completely lose sight of all that you have in life, and become too afraid to even get out of bed.

Life doesn’t always give everything to you in a hand basket. You have to work for it. You are given the chance to wake up every morning and have a choice to live, and live you must. The movie touched my heart and made me realize that life is too short to miss out on the smell of the roses, that it is too short to miss out on happiness:).

Release your inner rockstar!! Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Charity can start with a 5 Year old

Rayan is the 5 year old son of my friend Sumaiya Fuad Maqbool

Now Rayan, like most 5 years old is full of energy, imagination and as her mom would tell you, one who will keep you on your toes. His latest project is literally giving his momma bear a run for her money. He heard his nanny talking to other nannies at the park about the possibility of her daughter’s house’s roof collapsing on them. Now, this comes as no surprise to me that this kid is so full of empathy, and a desire to help someone (he is Sumaiya’s son afterall). After hearing the ordeal at the park, he came home and told him mom he wanted to help build the roof and he will start off by donating BD 25, which he was saving to buy his transformers bumble bee toy.

Sumaiya has reached out to all her friends and so far she has raised Rs. 50,000 towards the Rs. 125,000 goal to build the roof before monsoon season hits. She created an event on facebook to try and raise the money. I urge you all to help out. If Rayan can donate BD25, we all can donate $5, or $10. Western Union costs transfer fees if we all individually made transfers would chip away from the over all donation amount. So I propose that those who are local, can either give me the money or transfer via paypal and I will transfer the entire amount over to Sumaiya who will then send it to Western Union to the family. This way we pay transfer fees only once and get the most out of all the money that is collected.

You all have always helped me whenever I have brought an issue to your attention, I am hoping this time will be no exception. Let’s encourage Rayan and make him believe in the good in the world. In return, Rayan is going to write you all personalized thank you notes:) (which is why it is crucial that I know who all is donating, so I can send that info to Sumaiya and Rayan)

Sumaiya says: “So upon my 5 year olds request, I am asking if you would be interested in helping us raise money for this family? It will cost the family Indian Rs125,000 to built a brand new roof, and so far we have managed to collect Rs50,000. We are Rs75,000 short and are requesting people to please come forward and help us. Your donations will not only guarantee you loads of prayers from the family, but will also help me in raising a child who puts others needs before his.” Now that is a cause we can all rise up to help achieve

here is the event and all the details on this event page that Sumaiya created.