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.
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