Action: Mehndi Magic
They are a bunch of innocent kids. They will greet you with twinkling eyes, extending palms that are decorated with henna. You will find their faces shining brightly with heavenly smiles, ecstatic with boundless joy. And before you can realise what happened, you too will start smiling with them. The reason behind all this happiness is just that they could put henna on for the upcoming Eid.
I was flipping through the snapshots from last year's Action: Mehndi Magic when their faces greeted me with expressions that are sure to make you smile, whatever your mood is. Action: Mehndi Magic is one of the actions under the project 'Eid for Everyone' of CommunityAction, a registered charitable organisation. Its aim is to help the underprivileged children touch the merriments of our biggest festival, Eid. In this action, Actioneers go around the city several days before Eid, decorating little street children's hands with henna, and sharing small gifts, like chocolates, with them. No doubt it is a very small event, but seeing the cute little kids in raptures is priceless.
CommunityAction organises this event every year. This year is going to be no exception. Eid is already knocking at the door, with only a few days left of the holy month of Ramadan. Plans have already begun for Action: Mehndi Magic. Last year, it took place in several areas, such as Dhanmondi Lake, Lalmatia, Dhaka University, and Palashi. This year, this event will take place in many more areas, as more and more volunteers are joining in. It will take place on the 29th of August, 2011, and CommunityAction invites everyone to share in the happiness! Keep an eye on CommunityAction's Facebook page (facebook.com/communityactionbd) for more information on how you can attend this event! Or you can call the Actioneer in charge at 01677242800.
These awe-inspiring events can be undertaken by anyone and anywhere. Over the last two years, many volunteers have participated in the project 'Eid for Everyone' and around three thousand children have shared the joy of Eid with us. This event shows how small contributions on our part can bring smiles to thousands of faces. Sharing happiness is what Eid is all about, isn't it?
By Samira Musleh
Some Perspective on Eid
Eid is fast approaching. It's very noticeable, in the increasing amount of traffic that we're forced to wade through, in the packed buses already departing the city, in the hustle and bustle of aunties flocking to shops and markets, flanked by humongous bags. For most of us observing Eid in typical Dhaka fashion, the day is marked by bowls of shemai and plates of polau, car rides to relative's houses and (hopefully) a wallet stuffed with Eidi. But how is it on the streets? So, to find out where the street kids go and what they do, RS interviewed them.
RS: Hi, how are you? Mind if I ask a few questions?
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