25 Jul, 2015
It was a day playing with plastic bottles that changed Korvi Rakshand’s life. Named one of 10 inspirational Bangladeshis last year, Rakshand was born to a wealthy family. But he turned his back on money and for the past eight years has been running an NGO in one of Dhaka’s biggest slums.
He talks freely about the moment that changed everything for him. While travelling around the country at the age of 21, Rakshand met a group of children who were collecting bottles to sell and ended up spending the day with them.
“In the evening when it was time to go home one of the kids – a six-year-old girl – took my hand and said ‘Sir, thank you so much for the day, but I don’t have a home to go to, will you take me with you?’” Rakshand recalls. “I felt helpless, I didn’t know what to say to her. I had to leave her that day, but I resolved that I must turn my guilt into something positive.”