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Jun 27, 2019

Ayesha has passed Class X

Ayesha and her mother
Ayesha and her mother

“Ayesha is 12 studying at Anjuman Girl’s High Secondary School. She lives with her family of 5 in a single room. Her father is a painter who paints posters. His monthly income is not stable because his work is temporary. Ayesha’s brother is a labourer in a small shoe making shop and his wages are very low. Total family income is £30 a month, not enough to run the whole family.  Ayesha may have to stop studying due to her poor family income.  She is a bright student; she aims to become an art designer. If she gets proper guidance and financial support then she has a bright future ahead.”

This is what my colleagues wrote about Ayesha in 2016 when we were first looking for a sponsor for her.  There are two things that strike me about this: first, that hand-painted posters, once a huge industry which produced the most wonderful advertising posters whether for Bollywood films, butter or cement, are definitely a thing of the past.  I wonder that Ayesha’s father finds any work at all. Ayesha’s mother is a delightful woman who is totally committed to ensuring Ayesha gets the education that she herself never had, but she is illiterate and works entirely within the home making sure her husband’s meagre earnings stretch to fill all the needy stomachs.  The other striking part, is that Ayesha might have had to stop school if she hadn’t been sponsored.  The reason for this is not that school isn’t free.  Ayesha’s school is a government school and there are no fees.  However, school uniform, books, bus fares etc all had to be found, and this was beyond means of the family.  The next thing would have been to marry her off so that someone else would feed and clothe her. All that bright ambition would have been wasted and Ayesha would have ended up just like her mother.

Happily, Ayesha did find a sponsor. Sheila has supported Ayesha over the last three years.  There were moments when I worried she might drop out.  In a very traditional community like this, a girl who takes a boyfriend, can be hustled into an early marriage – thus abruptly ending her education.  But she has stood firm and I’m thrilled to report that Ayesha has passed her class X exams (equivalent to GCSEs) and has enrolled into class XI. So she remains on track.  It isn’t easy from here though: class sizes at the Anjuman Girls High School are as big as 120 girls, so she will continue to need all the support we can offer under this sponsorship programme. Sheila’s contribution covers all books, extra tuition fees, transportation costs, uniform, shoes, school bag and any necessary nutrition or medical needs. She is a member of our Gyan Azhar Library, a safe space to work, borrow books, to use the computers and internet. She attends cultural activities – dance, craft and also lifestyle sessions on nutrition, menstrual health and online safety.

We are desperately looking for more sponsors like Sheila, who will commit £30 a month to supporting a girl like Ayesha.  The equivalent of one hour’s private tuition in UK provides a whole month of vital educational support.

Thank you

Apr 29, 2019

Your gifts are keeping families from starvation

Thank you for your generosity
Thank you for your generosity

At Tiljala SHED we are committed to empowering Kolkata’s poorest and most vulnerable people to help themselves. We provide educational support and sponsorship to 600 children and microloans to 430 vulnerable women. We see the impact in the educational attainment of children who are first generation learners, ambitious for a better life than that endured by their parents. Women, formerly rag pickers, have transformed their family fortunes by setting up small businesses.  But for some, their circumstances are so dire that they need a helping hand before they can begin to lift themselves out of the cycle of despair.

Shaheen is a mother of 4, a widow at 38 years old and suffering from a heart condition.  She lives beside the railway tracks and makes paper bags out of old newspapers to support her family. The children help her but they all regularly go to bed hungry as she only makes about Rs1200 ($17 or £13) a month.

Hunger means that the whole family has low energy which makes it all the more difficult to work.  To help Shaheen’s family get back on its feet, your generous donations have supplied her with sufficient food rations to ensure she and the children do not have to go hungry.  Once the children are able to progress in school and Shaheen’s medical condition is stabilised we can then consider providing her with a small loan to help her start a more profitable business. See our Livelihood Project here

This month Shaheen and 10 other vulnerable families received essential food rations from this project.

Thank you, as ever, for your generous donations. You are providing desperately needed relief for families who have reached rock bottom.

Widow Parveen (27) and her hungry children
Widow Parveen (27) and her hungry children
Shaheen (right) receives her food rations
Shaheen (right) receives her food rations
Apr 8, 2019

What a difference your help makes

Kahkasha
Kahkasha

Kahkasha was just 6 years old when she joined this project.  She is from a very poor family: her father is a waiter who earns just £55 ($72) each month. With that he supports his wife Farzana, daughter Kahkasha (now aged 9) and her younger brother.  They live in a single rented room of about 3m x 3m. They are a respectable family who want the best for their daughter.  But Kahkasha struggled in her first years at school. Shreya, who runs the programme, was very concerned as she feels very responsible for ensuring that your donations are properly spent.  So she engaged Anjum, one of the graduates from this programme, to give Kahkasha some extra tuition – and it seems that this has really paid off.  You can see the difference between this year’s and last year’s reports. Her grades have gone from mainly Ds and Cs to As and Bs. Her teachers are very pleased and so are her parents.  

Shreya reports:

“Kahkasha was promoted to class 1 she scores good number her percentage is 64% she did well. Before getting support from GlobalGiving, she was very weak in studies but now Anjum is giving her private tuition regularly now they are getting every benefit from GlobalGiving. Her family said they highly obliged to GlobalGiving. Her father works as a waiter in a restaurant where he earns very less amount of money RS 5000 per month.  In this amount he has to manage his family with this small amount. Kahkasha has a younger  brother now he is 3 years old and her mother Farzana she  is a housewife she do  all the house hold works at her home and also sit with her children when they comes from school ,they try to give proper education to their child  so we hope that they will success in their life”

We are so pleased that Kahkasha is now doing well, and with your continued support we hope she will continue to shine.   

A monthly donation of £27 provides hope for the future for girls from very poor families. This support ensures that the girl remains in education and does not end up married off early or engaged in child labour.   

This week every donation to this project (up to $50 or £38) will be matched 60% by GlobalGiving. So a donation of £38 from a UK tax payer is worth £70.30 to us. Please consider an extra donation to help a girl like Kahkasha

Kahkasha in 2016 when she joined the programme
Kahkasha in 2016 when she joined the programme
2018 Report card
2018 Report card
2019 Report card. See the difference
2019 Report card. See the difference
With her family
With her family

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