When a little goes a long way
Nur Islam, 45, residing in the port city's Pahartali area, had lost both his legs in a train accident, pushing his life and family into uncertainty.
Just at the brink of losing all hope, he met with a police constable, Mehedi Hasan Dolon, who emerged as a guardian angel in his life. With the help of a few friends and well-wishers, Dolon managed a second-hand battery-run rickshaw for him which changed Nur Islam's life completely.
Now Nur Islam can earn a living driving the battery-run rickshaw.
This isn't a one-off instance. Dolon has put a smile on several faces by changing their lives through his initiatives. Dolon is now working at Chattogram Range Office in the port city.
When Dolon joined the Bangladesh Police in 2016 as a constable, he had the vision to support his family financially.
But after joining the force, negative comments and attitudes from the public about root-level policing upset him continuously, encouraging him to do something exceptional to redefine his new identity.
And with this desire, he started to aid the people in need around him.
In his six-year career, Dolon helped around 500 people in Bandarban, his hometown Laxmipur and Chattogram by taking support from others.
He has installed two informal institutions titled "Humanitarian Schools" for underprivileged children in Bandarban and the port city's Jhawtala area. In the two schools, around 110 students are studying and the police constable has been bearing the cost of books, papers, and other items.
He has also provided sewing machines to women, and mobile grocery shops to physically disabled persons to turn their fate.
"Several well-wishers have also joined me to support this endeavour," he said.
"Earlier, I used to beg for alms in Kazir Dewri area. But Dolon had given me a mobile shop to sell betel-nut which changed my fate," said Nazu Begum.
Dolon said when he started his humanitarian initiatives, he had no vision. "But now, I want to do something for them to change the community who are deprived of their basic needs," he said.