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      On a Mission from Delaware to Bangladesh

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      On a Mission

      Arqum Rashid, a first-year law student at Widener University Delaware Law School, visits Myanmar children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

      When a group of individuals wanted to bring relief to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the results surpassed all expectations – 25 shelter homes were built in just two weeks and $65,000 was raised, when the original goal was only $10,000.

      The group, which included Arqum Rashid, a first-year law student at Widener University Delaware Law School, spent 10 days in Bangladesh on this important humanitarian mission.

      Over the winter break from law school, Rashid and friends led the campaign called "Stand with Rohingya." It was a five-week campaign designed to raise awareness and funds to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees that have fled to Bangladesh from the recent persecution and ethnic cleansing in their home country of Myanmar.

      Refugees told of the 15-day walk to their camps, sleeping during the day and walking under cover of darkness for their safety.

      One of the main goals of the campaign was to personally deliver all of the aid to those in need, effectively cutting out any administrative costs that are customarily involved in an average charity. The group even covered their own travel and personal expenses.

      They traveled to refugee camps in the mountains just inside the border of Bangladesh to deliver the money raised from Dec. 11 through Dec. 20. Money was donated at numerous collection points in Delaware, in addition to a separate collection point in the United Kingdom. Funds totaling $65,500 were delivered directly to the refugees without a single dollar being used toward administration or travel.

      Donations were used to purchase blankets and shawls, personal hygiene items, clothing, food, snacks, and medicine for thousands of the more than 400,000 refugees that are settling along the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

      Funds were also used to provide building materials used in constructing 25 small shelter homes, ensuring – literally – a roof over the heads of the refugees. Each structure included one solar panel allowing light into the home. Much needed tools made it possible to break ground for water well production.

      Rashid was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and raised in Newark, Delaware. He is a graduate of Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

      To hear Rashid's story, watch a short documentary or view his photos from the trip.


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