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


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.


The Power of Money

The power of money

Money has the ability to turn falsehood into the truth, and make the obvious truth into absolute lies. Money, in our society is the gauge for integrity, honesty, solid character and all things good. A man or a woman with money automatically holds the integrity and his/her truth becomes the ultimate truth. The logic follows, If that which glitters, the most therefore, must be the most integral.

Unfortunately, in my experience in life, I have learned that money does not make a man (or woman). Integrity, discipline, honesty, good virtue, kindness, graciousness, generosity, humility, and other great character traits do not come in somebody because of money. It is either a part of you or not. The only difference is that with money, you can manage the facade of being all of the above. A poor man hardly stands a chance of proving the mettle of his integrity. The logic is: if one is poor, therefore, one has more reasons to cheat, lie, deceive to get ahead. If one is rich, then there is no reason for the said person to lie, cheat or deceive because he/she already has material possessions. The irony, however is that it is the poor who because they have NOTHING to lose in the material world hold steadfast to the codes of good conduct. It is the rich, who have everything material to lose, and therefore, must cheat, lie, and deceive to hold on to those material goods.

I have seen in my life the ability of people to pathologically lie, exaggerate and make mountains out of molehills, and most of these people have been those who we would consider rich. Maybe, the rich man feels the need to pad up his resume and story because it would be highly unlikely and almost damning to have an ordinary story to a man with extraordinary riches? I have also seen the unfair advantage that money brings to the rich. The rich can make grave errors in their lives and with the power of money have the ability to somehow wash/erase the memories of everyone around and start anew. It is as if society somehow can be so generous in forgiving and forgetting the sinful errors of the rich, On the other hand, a poor person can make exactly the same error and/or possibly one of less gravity and society will shun him/her forever into the depths of eternal damnation.

I am not saying that all rich people possess absolutely no character, nor am I saying all poor are of exceptional character. I am contemplating on the power of money. The ability of money to force people to close their eyes, turn the other way when seeing wrong and to turn black into white; yet in the absence of money, one can’t even buy basic necessities. No wonder, most of our lives we strive to attain unimaginable amounts of money, because it brings with it an unlimited stock supply of power. Dare I say, Money is what makes you super human!

As the apprentice theme song goes: “money, money, money“!!