Deena Mehjabeen has recently graduated with a Masters (MSc) degree in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka. Contributing to world development is her final goal and she hopes and wishes to take every chance to move her dreams a step ahead. Deena has always been drawn to help people in distress. Whenever she can, she makes it a point to contribute to society and the people around. During floods or severe winter, she usually tries to help financially along with her family.
Mehjabeen says, “I feel, the youth of any country have a lot to give to its people and therefore, they need opportunities.” She likes to participate in various charitable and volunteer services, but couldn’t get enough scope to get involved in such activities because of her studies. However she always made it her motto to provide financial assistance towards any sick people, needing medical treatment or anybody needing some help for education or daily needs such as food and clothing.
Deena has been taught from childhood that charity is a vital part of human qualities and inspired her showing similar examples. She shares her feeling as, “I am in a privileged position so I must contribute to those who need help. I do not wish to make people whom I help feel that they are being given a charity; I want to their help in a very discreet manner.”
How do you motivate the youths living in developing world for the better future?
Any kind of work needs motivation. Developing countries have a lot of potential for youth participation but due to lack of awareness, they become unsure of which sector they should give priority to. There are many problems existing in poorer, under developed countries.
The most notable problems are lack of education, conservative mindsets of people, child marriage, dowry, child labor, ignorance about diseases, lack of hygiene and sanitation. The youths who can effectively take part in eradicating these problems need to be aware of the problem areas. They need financial and logistic assistance from parents or training from both government and non-government organizations.
I would motivate youths to use their spare time and holidays for getting involved in social issues and taking up voluntary works. They can start with small steps which would ultimately lead to developments at a larger scale. One can campaign on time relevant issues and make the government and various organizations know that their attention is necessary. I would also stress on the fact that the youth need to inform their parents and even educational institutions about their endeavors and achievements so they can also come forward and support the cause.