The plight of street children in Bangladesh is a heartbreaking reminder of the devastating effects of poverty and political upheaval. These vulnerable young people – often abandoned or orphaned by parents forced to flee their homes due to war, famine, and persecution – are left without any means of support and hope for a better future. With no access to education, medical care, or even basic necessities, these children are at a significant disadvantage and face daily struggles for survival.
Unfortunately, their situation is only worsened by Bangladesh’s political unrest, which has caused economic turmoil and further undermined access to essential services.
But amid this dire situation, Golam Rabbani is one shining light of hope. We got a chance to ask one-on-one questions with him about the orphans and abandoned street children and got to know his vision and efforts regarding improving their situation.
Shed some light on your Bangaleer Pathshala project?
As a steadfast advocate for social justice and human rights, I have dedicated my entire life to helping those in need and providing a better future for the people of Bangladesh through my organization Bangaleer Pathshala – School of Leadership. BP is one of the many non-profits, to better elaborate, a social business organization to empower refugees and introduce social work-based politics. Bangaleer Pathshala is a project of the global platform SOLE USA (School Of Leadership), to educate and unfetter immigrants and refugees around the globe.
What is your mission with Bangaleer Pathshala?
BP works to teach and empower refugees and homeless street children by providing them with essential skills, such as leadership training and vocational education. This allows them to become self-sufficient adults, break the cycle of poverty, and lead positive change in their communities. My mission is to bring social work-based politics across Bangladesh and become a leader of the leaders who will form a thriving society based on social justice.
What was your childhood like and how your life circumstances shaped you into becoming a social activist?
Born and raised among refugees and immigrants, I witnessed their hardships, helplessness, and struggles firsthand. I felt and observed the distress and angst of being alienated, deprived of basic necessities, not having an inch of space – neither on land nor in anyone’s heart. Hundreds of miles of land lay in the expanse of mother earth; and yet these faultless people had no square feet, not even an inch, of any geographical expanse waiting to welcome them. Imagine the misery. Not belonging, never being asked anything, and, far worse, you are not considered equal. It is terrible. You are, in every sense of the word, an alien, hostile, yet ignored.
Seeing the misery of refugees, their homelessness and poverty, I was determined to work for homeless people to compensate for the pain I felt when I couldn’t help refugees in my childhood. This worked as the igniting energy behind my passion for becoming a social activist.
Today, Golam Rabbani’s mission and legacy continue through Bangaleer Pathshala. He is a shining example of what one person can do to impact society and bring about positive change. He is truly making a difference in Bangladesh’s future with his dedicated team.
Visit Bangaleer Pathshala and support his efforts to make Bangladesh a better place for everyone.