“Kickstart Karimpur” is the brainchild of the Islam children - Kendall, Courtney and Trevor. These youngsters, based in California USA, have come up with this unique initiative whereby they have run a crowd funded campaign in order to provide football boots for the girls of a school in Karimpur, Bangladesh.
The thought behind the initiative came into existence in December 2014, when Kendall visited a school founded by her grandfather in Karimpur, Bangladesh. Inspired by the girls’ enthusiasm for sports and touched by their utter lack of proper footwear, she and her siblings came up with this campaign. “Kickstart Karimpur” was initiated in October 2015. The objective was to collect used football boots and other kinds of shoes for the underprivileged girls of the school in Karimpur and monetary donations to cover shipping costs.
Kendall and her siblings succeeded in collecting 120 pairs of shoes along with $1,060 in donations. The shoes were shipped in 3 DHL boxes to a residential address in Dhaka on December, 2015 for the ultimate delivery to the school. However, the shoes have been held up at the customs for a duty of $2,500, a sum that neither party on either end of this beautiful initiative can afford. This incident draws attention to the utter lack of provisions in our country regarding receiving aid from abroad through individual initiative.
Photo: Founders of Kickstart Karimpur with the students of Safura Khatun Girls High School.
However, it seems like it is not going to be the end of it-thanks to a team of legal minds who has taken up the matter on a pro bono basis. Fingers crossed, that the effort of incubating the football dream of these young Bangladeshi athletes along with their American cohort shall live to see the day!