Ayesha is a domestic violence survivor and a proud mother of a son. She was living with her husband at her in laws. Her husband didn’t work simply because he didn’t want to, leaving Ayesha to find employment in a sweater factory.
Her husband assaulted her on a daily basis even when she got pregnant. As her pregnancy advanced, she had to leave her job at the factory. This infuriated her husband even more as cash stopped flowing in which in turn meant more beatings for Ayesha.
“My man used to beat me with whatever he could find around him. One day he broke my hand and acted like nothing had happened. My mother in law said that I don’t need any medical attention as I was not bleeding. But it hurt! It hurt really badly! And this made no difference to my husband.” Ayesha said while pointing to her left wrist.
This incident left her disabled and incapable of working outside again.
With increasing violence and no medical aid, her in laws contacted her parents to take her back. And so they did. Her parents brought her back home and took the responsibility of both Ayesha and her son. It seemed like the situation was becoming resolved for her.
Not long after, her parents fell in deep financial crisis as the river erosion took much of their land on which they were dependent. Once again, Ayesha found herself in deep black water of uncertainty.
Things finally started to turn around for her when she got in touch with one of our former beneficiaries. Ayesha was informed about the Sreepur Village and how it helps vulnerable women like her. Ayesha then reached out to us here at The Sreepur Village and we welcomed her and her son with open arms.
Ayesha is now receiving proper medical care for her hand. She arrived as a disabled person who could not work but with the right medical attention her hand has improved a lot.
Ayesha is attending bamboo decoration training and has been making this years set of six hanging bamboo ornaments. Ayesha now wishes to pursue a living out of it once she returns home to her parents. Her two year-old son is getting along with the other children and living a normal life - a life that Ayesha always wanted him to have.
“I did not know what to expect when I first got here. Everything and everyone was new. All I wanted was a better and safer place for me and my son. But as I spent more time here, I gained confidence and hope. I know that I still have the ability to work and earn. Once my training is finished here, I will return to my parents and support both them and my son by selling bamboo decorations. I will even train my brother to make such things out of bamboo.” Ayesha added with a smile.
Ayesha is getting regular counselling to let her recover from her past wounds and so that she continue to be as hopeful as she is now. The medical aid is helping her hand be flexible enough to earn a living. However, the degree of damage done to her hand due to not receiving the correct medical care immediately after it was broken, will leave her hand compromised at times.
The afraid and broken Ayesha, is now filled with hope and strength to pursue her dreams of becoming independent, running her own bamboo decoration business and living her life on her own terms.
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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.