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Distressed Children International (DCI), Inc.


Distressed Children International, Inc. (DCI) is an American non-profit charitable organization that supports various health, education and development projects in both the U.S. and developing countries.  DCI was founded in 2004 with the best interests of children in mind.  DCI is registered with the US Government as a non-profit corporation.  Currently, DCI is working on development projects in Bangladesh in collaboration with ASAHI (Association for Social And Health Improvement) Fund Bangladesh [AFB]AFB is the partner NGO of DCI in Bangladesh. AFB is registered with the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh since 1995.  In India we are working with Sanlaap.  Soon, we plan to start work in other developing countries with other new partner local NGOs.


Distressed Children International’s Major Goals:
(1). Working to improve the socio-economic, educational, environmental and health conditions of the poor, needy and distressed children in the USA, Canada, Bangladesh, India and other countries.

(2). Detection and treatment of blindness and other eye problems: glaucoma, congenital and developmental cataracts, conjunctivitis, trachoma, and River Blindness.  Also Support for research into methods of prevention and treatment of congenital and developmental cataracts, including pediatric IOL implant technologies.

(3). Prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, working especially for AIDS orphans.

Distressed Children International, Inc. works in three major areas to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of children, many of whom endure hunger, malnutrition, poor medical care, abandonment, or abuse.  DCI is a relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities in developing countries reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty.  DCI’s teams work both in overpopulated cities and in rural areas of the country.

DCI’s work has three major components:

(1) Child Development Program: DCI has a sponsorship program, which for $10/month aims to keep poor children in school. This Sun-Child Sponsorship (SCS) program helps create friendship and understanding between American and Bangladeshi children. The SCS program which promotes the education and health care of a child in Bangladesh for a contribution from sponsors of only $10 a month.  Illiteracy is an overwhelming obstacle to people.  We aim to provide an opportunity for young people to find training and jobs, as well as to learn about their civil rights and ways to attain better health, nutrition and security.  Thus, we hope to make a long-term investment in the future of Bangladesh.  DCI is also working to help orphans, street children, and working children.  The DCI orphanage support program helps several orphanages in Bangladesh guarantee, not only lodging and food for children, but also education, medical attention and, most importantly, a home where they can feel loved and protected. DCI works for protecting and promoting the rights of the children who are the poorest and most vulnerable, living and working in the urban sectors of Bangladesh.


(2) Prevention of Childhood Blindness International Program: DCI has a program for the prevention of childhood blindness.  DCI regularly arranges free mobile eye clinics for poor children and provide free diagnosis and treatment.  We receive technical support from Yale University Eye Center, US and BMA (Bangladesh Medical Association).  One of the most important missions of DCI is carried out by the Prevention of Childhood Blindness International.  There are approximately 1.4 million blind people in Bangladesh of which more than half a million are children whose blindness is treatable.  DCI Mobile Eye Clinic has developed a system for detecting causes of childhood blindness and provides effective treatment for the same.  DCI also supports research in the methods of prevention and treatment of congenital and developmental cataracts including pediatric IOL implant technologies. 


(3) HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: This AIDS program provides a comprehensive package of services for both vulnerable and low risk populations in order to prevent and control the spread of STD/AIDS in the community.   DCI lends support to orphanages that provide care for children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. In the year 2004, DCI started a Comprehensive AIDS Prevention Program in Bangladesh in joint collaboration with the Yale University AIDS Program (USA) and ASAHI Fund Bangladesh (AFB). It is distressing to learn that 28 million people have already died of AIDS worldwide and another 45 million are living with HIV infection (in 2004).  HIV/AIDS has orphaned 15 million children (under the age of 15) worldwide. The tragedy of HIV/AIDS is evident in countries across the world.  Being one of the world's most densely populated countries (with over 154 million population in only 55,000 square miles) and with one of the poorest health infrastructures in the world, Bangladesh harbors all the major risk factors associated with the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Our mission is to provide HIV/AIDS education, training, research, diagnosis and treatment for people infected with HIV or otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS and also to prevent the incipient HIV/AIDS epidemic in Bangladesh. We have a vision to create an atmosphere that is united in defeating the threat of HIV/AIDS and protect our next generation. 


In addition, DCI also regularly arranges free cleft lip and palate surgery clinics and acid-burn treatment clinics for poor children.  DCI is dedicated to creating a new dawn in Bangladesh.  Our goal is to support programs that, not only respond to immediate needs, but also make a long-term difference in people’s lives by helping their families and communities become self-sufficient.  DCI knows how to alleviate the suffering for many people, not with handouts, but with bold, innovative programs that respect children and their families.  With your support, we can move towards our goal of healthy and educated children in Bangladesh.


We also would like to encourage friendships between US children and the underprivileged children in developing countries. Another of our goals is to educate American children as to how they are so much more fortunate than most children in developing countries.  Through our child sponsorship program, American children have the unique opportunity to develop friendships with children from Bangladesh and India and so maybe become motivated to volunteer for humanitarian work now and in the future. Understanding the causes of world hunger and poverty  could give direction to their lives and perhaps encourage them when they reach adulthood to become empathetic leaders in this cause.  


If you would like to know more about our DCI programs, or if you have any suggestions please contact us at, or call at 1-203-376-6351.  Your valuable suggestions will be much appreciated and would be most helpful to improve our work and services. Thank you for your interest in the DCI Programs.  Thank you for your time, your consideration and your future support. –DCI, 866-516-7495,

Application Form

The Sun Child Sponsorship Program



We need your help. We need your support. We need your advice.


With a contribution of only $10 a month or,

33 Cents a Day, You Can Sponsor a Child


Distressed Children International (DCI), Inc  in joint collaboration with ASAHI Fund Bangladesh (AFB) has launched this Sun Child Sponsorship program and needs your participation. Your kind sponsorship, your time or even your comments will be highly appreciated.  You can sponsor a child or children individually or with your friends, co-workers, or organization.  Through this program, you can participate in the development of Bangladesh.




Please provide your contact information so that we can inform you in detail about the program according to your preference.  We will send you an information kit including your sponsored child’s picture and personal history.  We will also periodically update you with the progress of the child.

Name of Sponsor/Donor: 







City: _________________ 

State: ________________     Zip Code: _______

Telephone: ____________________

Cell Phone: ____________________

Fax: ____________________________



Please check the appropriate box(es).



I want to sponsor a child in Bangladesh for

$10 per month  for _____ years.       

Preference:  __ # of Girls (s), __­­# of Boys (s), _____No Preference



I am interested in knowing more about other DCI programs and activities



I am interested in working as a DCI volunteer



I wish to make a donation  $ __________



Please send your donation to:


Annual Sponsorship amount is US $120 per child. And a minimum one-year commitment is necessary.


Please return the completed Application form to:

Distressed Children International Inc.

5 Shipton Court, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA

We (DCI) are working for distressed and underprivileged children.  Every child in this world deserves a life with hope!
But right now, millions of children in Bangladesh and India are living in desperate poverty, with no medical care, no education, no shelter, no decent clothing, and above all no hope for better days! 

It is hard to imagine that in Bangladesh and India millions of children are living in extreme poverty and their chances of survival to adulthood are only one in five.  Millions of girls and boys struggle to survive every single day.  That is the only life they know.  Children go to sleep every night with an empty stomach and they begin to work almost as soon as they can walk.  And millions become permanently blind at an early age due to congenital cataracts and other preventable diseases.   That is what we (DCI) want to change, because every child in this world deserves a life with hope.  We are dedicated to helping children and their communities in Bangladesh reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty through long-term programs. 

We are committed to offer our strongest effort in fulfilling our goals of providing basic education, health care necessity and most of all some hope to a poor and distressed child in Bangladesh.  The task is a challenging one and we need your support.  Your help and support are vital in making this mission a successful one.   With your support, we are confident that we will be able to make a significant difference in the life of a distressed child in Bangladesh.


Please come forward and sponsor a child! You can bring a smile to at least one child’s face.  In the not too distant future, your sponsored child may grow up to provide the bold, honest, visionary leadership Bangladesh so critically needs.  I know that you will act with generosity.  Please circulate this Sun-Child (Shurjo-Shishu) Sponsorship (SCS) information form among your friends who might be interested in helping a poor, underprivileged and distressed child in Bangladesh. Thank you for your consideration and future support. 


Sincerely yours,


Professor Brian M. DeBroff, M.D., F.A.C.S.,

President, Distressed Children International (DCI), Inc.   and,

Chief, Cataract & Comprehensive Eye Service,

Vice Chairman and Program Director, Yale University Eye Center

Yale Eye Center, 330 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06520, USA

DCI Contact Persons and Addresses:

Dr. Brian M. DeBroff  or, Dr. A. Ehsanul Hoque

Distressed Children International Inc.

5 Shipton Court, Cheshire, CT 06410, USA         

Toll Free# 866-516-7495, Tel+Fax# 203-272-3869              



Distressed Children International Inc. & AFB

Flat# B-2 Skyview Kakoli, 23, Siddheswary Road,

Siddheswary , Dhaka, 1217, Bangladesh

Tel +Fax# 8802-8363655, 9340878,


Working for Distressed Children and Prevention of Childhood Blindness and HIV/AIDS Prevention.

(US Non-Profit Corporation Registration # 0819265)