As we celebrate the recent success of our Patron and British Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, we would also like to celebrate the aspirations and goals of other women who in the face of adversity have also never given up.
"I am Fatema and I am a mother of a 7 year-old daughter. My husband used to beat me with a baton, all in the name of a dowry. Emotionally and physically beaten, I couldn’t continue with my marriage. When I was only seven, I was infected by typhoid fever and due to living in extreme poverty my parents couldn’t afford medical treatment. It was typhoid fever that disabled me."
Since January 2019, Fatema and her daughter have been living at Sreepur Village. Already, she has become an expert in tailoring and despite her disability she now believes she will be able to start a tailoring business and make a better future for her and her daughter.
Akhi and Shapla grew up together at the Sreepur Village. Now Akhi is working in the Token Economy section at Sreepur. "God created me like this, I don’t have any regrets" she said. "Despite my disability, I want to contribute to society" she added.
Shapla works for Sreepur Village Trade as a Production Assistant (Sewing). She says "I can do everything except walk, The Sreepur Village has given me the strength I need to move on. I’m an expert in sewing so I don’t have to move much and my colleagues are very cooperative. she also adds, "I couldn’t have done any of this without The Sreepur Village.
It is because of our generous donors, sponsors, volunteers, fundraisers and trustees who from the onset 32 years ago until now have been supporting our mothers and their children so that they can lead the life they deserve. A life without fear, trauma or exclusion instead a life full of hope, independence, dignity and inclusion.
Thank you for your continued support.
Life can sometimes throw unimaginable challenges at us, but it's the human spirit's resilience and determination that can lead to remarkable stories of triumph.
Lia's life is a testament to this spirit, marked by adversity, courage, and ultimate success. Lia's story draws parallels to other stories of perseverance, and highlights the crucial role of organisations like Sreepur Village in transforming lives.
Out of the blue, at the tender age of 13, Chia found herself sitting on a bridal stage, about to marry a man who was 35 years old. Her parents had arranged the match, finding the man from their nearby locality in Bhairab.
He was a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businessman who occasionally sold vegetables and fruits on the street. Chia's aspirations and youthful dreams were abruptly interrupted by this sudden marriage. Instead of books, she found herself with kitchen utensils in her hands. She went from feeling like a princess to becoming a servant overnight.