"There are a lot of women selling drugs in these areas, however, it is a very difficult life", she remarked.
"There have been many instances of men harassing women, inappropriately touching us and taking our pictures was a common occurrence while they looked for drugs. We didn't tell anyone about it because we were too afraid of being accused of being a drug dealer, she explained."
Parven made some money selling drugs, which she used to apply for her husband's bail. Her second son was born in 2018 and soon after her husband was again arrested by the police for drug dealing.
Distraught and worried about her children's bleak future, in 2019 with the help of another NGO Parven and her two children enrolled at Sreepur Village.
At Sreepur Village she participated in various training schemes. After completing three years of income generating activities and learning new skills and livelihood development training, she is now working in an RMG (Ready Made Garment) factory and is living a healthy and happy life with her sons.
Parven concluded by saying, “I am quite happy now and I have no communication with my husband because if I did he would insist I go back to him and I do not want to return or subject my children to this dark life’’.
She also added, "I feel fortunate that Sreepur Village has changed my life but still feel bad for other girls who continue to sell drugs.
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Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its main mode of expression and communication.
At Sreepur we do not have an art therapist but we do have a resident artist, Milon, who often teaches therapeutic art in his classes as the majority of children that come to live at Sreepur have witnessed or been part of a traumatic experience.
In 2018, with the aid of CIPRB and one of their trustees, Becky Horsbrugh, the Sreepur Village started to run swimming lessons in their pond in the village grounds. The lessons, since this date, take place every year during the months of June and July, and are now taught by a number of Sreepur staff who have since been trained to facilitate the programme each year.
Approximately sixty children, aged 6-12, take part each year. They will learn how to swim 25 metres freestyle, tread water or float for 30 seconds as well as perform a rescue from dry
land. As half the number of deaths from drowning occur in 1-5 year olds, having an older child trained in dry-land rescue is pivotal in striving to keep this devastating number down.
It's British Science Week, 11th 20th March, and one of the activities that the Sreepur Village runs is the creation and nurturing of sack gardens.
This is an aspect of the Mothers Talking Everyday Science project and is a particularly important activity because when the mothers return to mainstream society they will be experienced in how to prepare a container in which to grow food plants and how to care for them.