Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI)
Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) was founded in 2003 in response to the crisis faced by children in countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, and many others. Over the years it has consistently expanded the scope of programs as well as the impact and remains firmly committed to its mission of creating lasting change for children.
DCI emerged from the life experience, values, and vision of two doctors: Ehsan Hoque and Brian DeBroff. Although they come from ostensibly different backgrounds, they share the common goal of empowering the impoverished through education, health and vision care, and family support.
The two doctors discovered that they had much in common – both, for example, led lives of opportunity laced with hardship, and both were concerned with bettering the lives of distressed children. They also had a common dream of preventing blindness as a critical component of this mission. Recognizing that their missions to improve the lives of impoverished children were one and the same, Dr. Hoque and Dr. DeBroff joined together to create an organization that would address the plight of impoverished children.
On May 24, 2003, at a meeting at Yale University Medical School, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) was officially founded. On April 25, 2005, DCI received official recognition from the United States government (Secretary of State, Connecticut). Its journey was formalized.See more