Peace is the language of my war

Esrat Eve
Posted April 25, 2015 from Bangladesh
Lack of classroom lead us to take classes under the sky but you can see the happiness in their laugh for being educated!
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My very own unique story of fighting against old beliefs started when I was only three years old. My mother wanted me to admit in the best schools of the town. Therefore, she was under the sun for four hours in a long line just to buy the admission form. Things were going pretty well ; she even took me to the photo studio with my old pair of shoes for having photos for the admission. That day, I was very happy until I saw my mother crying in a corner. All the women of our community came to our house just to stop my mother to send me to that school. Why? The reason was very simple: combined education. They told my mother that I will elope with a boy if I went to that school and leave the whole community in unbearable shame! However, my mother sent me to that school and I kept fighting for me. Well unfortunately, I didn’t elope with a boy (!). Instead of that I completed my graduation with an outstanding result and became the first graduated girl of my community. I always tell people that our life is like a circus elephant. What we see in the circus that the mighty enormous elephant is leashed in a week chain without knowing about its power to crumble the chain effortlessly. Likewise, our life without education is just like the circus animal. It might be tough for some people of developed world to understand my statement because they take education for granted but in our culture we have to fight for our education. Anyways, I could have good a job in a Multi-national company after completing my graduation in Finance but I didn’t because something touched the core of my heart. One day on my way to university I saw a very small girl about 3-4 years old selling candy on the road. A man kicked her very brutally because she was asking him to buy some candy! I was shocked & discovered that they are treated everywhere as street dogs. I felt very sorry because I have a niece of her age she is going to school, buying any toys she want .

I found that this discrepancy is only because of the financial freedom and education. After that, I along with my friends started a small initiative at my university campus. We went into slums where the poorest children live and started to convince them to get the basic education from us. We failed again and again. We had to make great efforts to convince the children and their parents to allow us to educate them .Instead of going to school, these children work in dangerous and illegal environments just to afford food to survive. They have no education, so most have only the hard life of a sex worker for their future. After a heart and soul endeavor we were able to convince six slum children to join us. We taught them essential skills for life: fundamental reading, writing and math as well as necessarily social and vocational skills to earn a living. In just four years, we have helped more than 250 children. To further meet their needs, we will begin by providing at least one meal a day. This is a top priority. Most of the students are girls.

As I also believe in personal growth so I started applying for foreign programs beside my work Thus, I was selected last year by Watson University in USA as a scholar. I went to USA all by myself which was another epic story by itself. As girls are not allowed to travel alone in abroad so before my journey my relatives forced me to get married so that a man can take care of my security but again with their great disappointment I denied and said “I am strong enough to take care of myself. I don’t need any man to take care of my security”.

Moving to USA changed my life. I called it as my rebirth. I learned so many things and broke my old shell of low self-confidence. Within a month from an introvert shy girl of 24 years old I became an extrovert public speaker. At Watson University, with the help of my mentors I bloomed like a flower. It was the place where I first realized that I want to help as much girl for education as I can. As a result, I founded my own non–profit so that I can help more under-privileged children in my community after completing my semester at Watson University. Our goal is to empower 150 children in 2015 and 500 children by the end of 2016. I believe the best way of spreading peace in the world is by educating children. Therefore, I will keep fighting to educate underprivileged and street children till the last breath of my life.

Apart from that, I am a fun loving person!!! I love to travel and explore new places, tasting new food & making new friends. Well, I also love to dance and do some dancing when no one is around!

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carolinacanellas
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015

Dear Esrat,

Thank you for share your story with us! I was very touched by what you did and still do. I agree with everything you pointed here. We must never give up the dream of an equitable world where all people are educated and can make their own decisions. Keep up the good work!

Best Regards,

Carolina.

Esrat Eve
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 27, 2015

Dear Carolina,

Thank you so much for such kind words. Sending you so much gratitude and blessings for the motivation. Keep in touch <3

 I will never give up on my dreams, promise  :)

You can follow my work here-https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMAL/1555706408004746?notif_t=page_new_likes

Love and hugs,

eve

Alyssa Rust
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 27, 2015

Dear Esrat

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your mother is a very strong woman. Also congratulations on your success in school. It sounds like you made both your mother and your community proud by being the first girl to graduate. Your story was really powerful and really shows how being able to get an education and having financial freedom really changes the entire outcome for one person or a whole family. I loved hearing about your experience coming to the US and how you were able to get out of your shell. Your story about how you “bloomed like a flower” was so powerful because it really showed how you really were able to open up and found you own nonprofit!! That is a huge feat and a great success. Also I would really encourage you to post this story on the No Ceilings Path to Participation online campaign that is currently going on. You can find out more information about it and post your story here. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/get-involved/take-action/path-to-participa... is some very interesting data about girls education and you can find out information for a specific country. Thank you for all the work that you are doing to make an impact of children and hope you will continue to share with the World Pulse community all that you have done. 

Sincerely,  Alyssa Rust 

Esrat Eve
Apr 27, 2015
Apr 27, 2015

Hey Alyssa,

Thank you so much for the nice note. So motivating and lovely. I felt all the positive vibes coming from you :)

Keep me in your thoughts. I have already posted my story and now going to post the same story again :D Let's see what happens :) Thanks again for the kind words.

Take care and keep up the good work.

You can follow my work here -https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMAL/1555706408004746?fref=ts

Hugs,

Eve

Lylinaguas
May 02, 2015
May 02, 2015

Hello Eve

I love how you wrote your article. It's full of life, hope and passion for what you believe in. I especially admire your mother for fighting to give you the education that you deserve despite the social pressure on "tradition." She made a great decision and I'm sure you are making her and your community proud of all your achievements. The opportunities are limitless and the NGO you started will create ripples for others to replicate. Keep going because with your passion, there's no other way but to succeed. And oh, keep dancing. It makes it all more fun:). Great article!

Esrat Eve
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

Hey Lylin,

Thank you so much for the nice compliment. Frankly speaking, I was not that good at writing in English. Fortunately, I got some good friends from USA who helped me a lot .I am really grateful to them.

Thank you for the kind words. My mother is really happy and honored.Keep me in your thoughts. Thanks again for the kind words.

You can follow my work here -https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMAL/1555706408004746?fref=ts

Keep laughing and dancing.

Eve

Nabiye Tal
May 02, 2015
May 02, 2015

Dear Esrat,

Thank you so much for sharing your story, it is interesting to hear about your struggle to be educated, and i am glad that at the end of the day your dreams and aspirations came to reality, i am proud of your mother for believing in educating you despite all the discouragements she was faced with. Also i can see the evidence of education as it transformed you and helped built your confidence. If more women are educated, more women will move from inferiority to having a great self esteem and that will go a long way in impacting generations. Thanks for sharing.

Regards, Nabiye

Esrat Eve
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

Dear Nabiye, Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel so inspired from your nice note. My mother is also very glad to know this.

And also congratulations on your organization. you go girl. :)

You can follow my work here -https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMAL/1555706408004746?fref=ts.

Take care,

Eve

Ukhengching Marma
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

Hello Esrat Api, 

First of all i am sending my love from Chittagong. I am just amazed how you have described your failure , progress and success in founding your great initiative. In Bangladesh we know how much deprived and underpreviliged the slum children are here , there is less developement and empowerment in the slum areas. One poverb goes along the situtation " Dhonira aro dhoni hoi , goribera goribei theke jai" . Yes education matters and i adore your effort to take amazing works which will help for the national development of Bangladesh too. 

I also understand the struggle to convince your family for travelling to USA for studying. We both can realize how hard it is to aganist often our social norms such as "Girls have to stay at Home"," Should not travel alone". I am also going to Nepal for few says for attending a conference , I am also facing certain problems from my parents for travelling alone. But i am trying to presuade them regarding girl empowerment. 

I will be happy if we could connect with each other.

Love and respect from

Ukheng

Asian University for Women

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Esrat Eve
May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015

Hey sweet heart :)

Sorry for my belated response as I was very busy, take my deep apologies.Thank you so much for your kind words and inspirational note.

My suggestion to you- " Never gave up on your dreams and always keep in mind that you are a powerful positive young woman."

Take care and keep in touch. If you need any help don't hesitate to message me .

Much love,

eve

Esrat

Ukhengching Marma
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

Hello Esrat Api, 

First of all i am sending my love from Chittagong. I am just amazed how you have described your failure , progress and success in founding your great initiative. In Bangladesh we know how much deprived and underpreviliged the slum children are here , there is less developement and empowerment in the slum areas. One poverb goes along the situtation " Dhonira aro dhoni hoi , goribera goribei theke jai" . Yes education matters and i adore your effort to take amazing works which will help for the national development of Bangladesh too. 

I also understand the struggle to convince your family for travelling to USA for studying. We both can realize how hard it is to aganist often our social norms such as "Girls have to stay at Home"," Should not travel alone". I am also going to Nepal for few says for attending a conference , I am also facing certain problems from my parents for travelling alone. Hopefully i will make them understand about the importance of the program and get the permission.

I will be happy if we could connect with each other.

Love and respect from

Ukheng

Asian University for Women

Tan Ching
May 03, 2015
May 03, 2015

I admire your strength, the courage to pursue your dreams. Congratulations and continue to work hard.  You are a success story, an example for younger girls to read up and know, to follow your example.  When you do well, you can then provide a better life for your mum too.

Esrat Eve
May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015

Hey Pohching,

Thank you so much for the nice note. So motivating and lovely. I felt all the positive vibes coming from you :)

Keep me in your thoughts and yes! I am just waiting for the day to make my mother happy and proud. Thanks again for the kind words.

Take care and keep up the good work.

You can follow my work here -https://www.facebook.com/pages/AMAL/1555706408004746?fref=ts

Hugs,

Eve

Iram Asif
Sep 14, 2015
Sep 14, 2015

Thank you so much for the nice note. So motivating and lovely.

will be happy if we could connect with each other.

Peace

Iram