Incredible. 61-year-old Joynal Abedin is a rickshaw driver in Bangladesh. He earns $6 a day.
He dreamt of building a much-needed hospital in his village of Tanhashadia as the nearest one was a two-day walk from there. Also, when he was much younger, his father was ill and sadly passed away as they couldn’t afford to take him to a hospital that far. “I was so angry. People here think that because we are poor, we’re helpless. I wanted to prove them wrong,” he said.
And so for 30 years, Joynal plugged away, putting aside half his daily earnings as a rickshaw driver. By age 60, he’d saved up $3000 in total and was able to bring his dream to fruition. He built it! And now the village hospital, though small, treats 300 patients a day.
He maintains the hospital upkeep by charging a nominal fee, coupled with several anonymous donations since news of his story hit the papers.
No one asked Joynal to build the hospital. He took it upon himself. He could have given up and pocketed the money. He would have been well within his rights to. After all, it was his money.
But he didn’t.
30 years of pure selfless dedication. 30 years of living on half his earnings. 30 years of heart.