The Woman from Dhunot

Jahanara with her two goats before the flood

There are people who bring beauty in the world, and I’m so thankful for them.
I met a lady in Dhunot, a community in Bangladesh, who had a knack for creating loveliness. Her name is Jahanara. She’s the president of her neighborhood savings group. With FH staff, she’s helping to organize a group of 20 women to learn and work together to save money and improve their lives.
When we visited in March, Jahanara had goats. She put little red collars on them, because she said she loved them. She also planted a flower garden in her courtyard. I noticed stray cats, dogs and other animals would wander into the yard of her home..obviously understanding they would be welcome.
Jahanara loves the people and animals in her community. She even loved me–a stranger. Families are a big deal in Bangladesh. When she found out I wasn’t married, she led her savings group to circle around me and pray for me. I was really touched by her concern.

To me, it seemed every creature she interacted with felt loved and special.
So when I heard that her village, Dhunot, was overtaken by waters after a nearby dam broke…it broke my heart. Jahanara and her community didn’t have much to live on, but they were making progress.
It’s so sad to see those who have struggled for so long, start to get ahead, and then be set so far back.


Jahanara's flower garden

I know Food for the Hungry staff in Bangladesh love Jahanara as much as I do or more. They are working to try to help her and her community. But my fear is that one tragedy will be too many for Jahanara’s heart.

My prayer is that she’ll see the love of Christians on the other side of the world, sharing what they have to show her how special and loved she is. Please say a prayer for her and the people living in Dhunot. Pray that God would bless them and bring them close to Him.
And if you can, please give a gift so we can do our work when disasters hurt the poor.

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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