The Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI) and Rights and Sight for Children (RSC) organised a press conference on Children Rights and Sight, in collaboration with Hotel Tropical Daisy, at the hotel premises yesterday. DCI is a US based non-profit organisation headquartered at Cheshire, Connecticut and aims to protect children by focusing on their health, education, family rights, sound psychological growth and other basic opportunities. Protecting children's eyesight and creating awareness about different ophthalmological diseases are also among DCI's top objectives. Children who are raised abroad, and are from financially solvent families, are encouraged to sponsor underprivileged children residing in Bangladesh and maintain friendship by writing letters or through social media. This programme is part of the initiative 'Children Helping Children'. RSC Chairperson Dr Abdul Mazid and Dr Ehsan Hoque, the Founder and Executive Director of DCI addressed members of the press at the conference, where the latter mentioned, “I used to be bullied because of my poor eyesight when I was young. I understand the psychological distress a child goes through while dealing with such issues in their childhood and adolescence." He further added,"I have always focused on counseling pregnant women on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the sound development of their children. I am pleased to say that this organisation shares the same motives as I do, to promote ways of improving children's health.”
The press conference ended with an announcement of the upcoming annual awareness concert titled 'Journey for Child Rights and Sight', on April 19 at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium. DCI Goodwill Ambassador Sabina Yasmin, DCI Advocate Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel, Benuka Institution of Fine Arts, and other renowned Bangladeshi performers will partake in the concert. Renowned actor and DCI Goodwill Ambassador Babita Akhter will welcome the guests via a video message.