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Aug 13, 2018

Nazia wants to be a teacher

Nazia
Nazia

Nazia loves school. One day she wants to become a teacher, but it is going to be a struggle. Despite being a very bright girl, her parents wanted her to drop out of school and become a rag picker like her mother. Her father works in a chappal factory (making cheap plastic sandals). Their combined incomes barely feed the family of six so there is pressure on the children to take up work. With Tiljala SHED’s intervention, the parents have agreed to let Nazia continue in education. She is an enthusiastic member of our Park Circus Education Centre which lies just behind the railway lines where Nazia and her family live in a makeshift shelter. She attends classes every day after school. She is also a member of Tiljala SHED’s Gyan Azhar library, a girls-only facility in the local slum, where she can borrow books, read, study and hang out in a safe place with her friends. Nazia’s enthusiasm for her education and Tiljala SHED’s interventions combine to offer Nazia a real opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and early marriage which are prevalent amongst these very vulnerable communities.

For just £11 or $15 a month you are helping a girl like Nazia to reach for a better life.

Thank you


About the project
600 children of rag pickers, rickshaw drivers, maidservants, vegetable sellers are enrolled on Tiljala SHED's Education and Child Protection programme. They are required to attend their local government school but in the afternoon they attend remedial classes in T SHED's 5 centres, one in the heart of each community where we work. Here they play, sing, complete their homework, attend remedial sessions and child protection workshops. They love the classes and attendance is very high. Their parents are also closely involved - after all it is only with the parents' consent that the children remain in education and avoid dropping out. Tiljala SHED works very hard to persuade the parents that a proper education is worth the sacrifice of anything a boy might earn rag picking or working in a factory. And infinitely better than marrying off a daughter as soon as she reaches puberty.

Nazia in school uniform
Nazia in school uniform

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Aug 9, 2018

Food rations for 10 families

Arjina and Family
Arjina and Family

Arjina and her husband are rag pickers.  They live on the street in a makeshift shelter with their three children. Last week the police tore down their home. This week, thanks to your generosity, 10 very needy families including Arjina's received emergency food rations.

The monsoon rains have been unusually heavy in Kolkata this year and this has a particularly severe impact on families who live on the pavements, with only plastic sheeting and other scavenged materials to keep out the rain.  There are a number of families living like this, dependent largely on rag picking, on the street beside one of Kolkata's biggest municipal hospitals.  Last week, the police decided to clear the pavements by ripping down the tarpaulin shelters, leaving families with no homes and  no protection at all against the weather.  Tiljala SHED appealed to a local benefactor who immediately arranged for tarpaulins to be delivered to the desperate families.  And food rations were distributed from this Global Giving project.  Both Tiljala SHED staff and, of course, the beneficiaries are delighted that these funds are ready to be deployed in such circumstances.  Thank you so much for your generous contributions and please pass this on to your friends and families.  The more funds that come in, the more families can be helped in an emergency.

Your donations have given them relief this week – each family received a pack containing dry rations: rice, dal (lentils) chana dal (dry chickpeas), oil and soybean protein.  The mothers are delighted – at least the children won’t go to sleep hungry for a few days.

Thank you very much from all these vulnerable families

Arjina's Story
"Arjina is 32 years old is a rag picker and lives on the pavement near ESI Hospital. There are five members in the family (2 daughters + 1 son).

Her younger daughter studies in Class IV and her other daughter studies in Class II. Her son studies in Kindergarten. Arjina and her husband work together as a rag pickers.  But this income is not enough for running the household expenses.  Sometimes the family goes to bed without food.

Without the supplementary ration support the family would starve. They sleep in the open pavement. During the rainy season, the conditions becomes very difficult as they sleep under a tarpaulin. Local goons and police are a daily harassment for this family. The young girls do not have any security. The local political goons drink alcohol nearby their temporary makeshift structure and takes away water which is being stored for the family drinking purpose. With Tiljala SHED ration support, the family will not starve hopefully. But this one of a family who needs regular support as they are more likely to starve. Since they are basically on the footpath, diseases are more prevalent among them. Diarrhoea, Malaria, High Fever, Coughing are regular problems and found in almost all the homes." 

 

It costs Rs 1200 (£13 or USD25)  to provide a week's dry rations for a family of 6

A family eats together
A family eats together
With donation of dry rations
With donation of dry rations
Jul 26, 2018

Zaira wants to be a Teacher

Zaira then and now
Zaira then and now

This is Zaira.  She joined the Global Giving sponsorship programme when she was just 4 years old.  She lives in a 100sq ft rented room in the Tiljala slum with her family of five.  Her father earns just Rs4000 (£45 or USD58) per month as a labourer.  When the parents approached Tiljala SHED, we thought Zaira was too young.  However her mother, Nazni, told us how Zaira was already loving primary school.  Her parents were so keen that their daughter should have this chance and that they would do everything they could to support her. All her mother wants is for Zaira to get an education and have a better chance in life than she had herself. How could we say no?   I am so delighted to report that 2 and a half years later, Zaira is doing really well.  She has just completed class 3.  She scored an astonishing 87% in her year end exams and still loves school.   She says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. 

For Zaira’s family sponsorship means that they do not have to go without food or get into debt in order to provide Zaira with the books, school bag, shoes and uniform that she needs.  She’ll receive extra tuition where she needs it; she will attend a variety of cultural, arts, sporting events; she is a member of the Gyan Azhar library where she can study, learn computer skills, read and borrow books.  The family also receives a small allowance to ensure that Zaira gets good nutrition.

It costs just £27 a month to sponsor a girl like Zaira.

Zaira with her mother and sister
Zaira with her mother and sister
 
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