As The Sreepur Village has protective measures in place to welcome new families during the Covid pandemic, we would like to share with you a story of why these mothers are in desperate need of our shelter, food and care.
Speech impaired Julia, is just 14 years of age and is a single mother of a 10-month old baby girl. Without her disabled mother, who left when Julia was a young child, and following her father's death Julia was brought up by her mum’s sister who insisted, despite her age, that Julia should find a way of earning a living. Julia started looking for a source of income but all her efforts made her disappointed and out of frustration she started to beg in Gonger Chora Upazila which is in the District of Rangpur. While Julia was begging one day she was raped by someone and on 28th August, 2019 with the help of LAMB (Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh) Hospital, an NGO of the American Santal Mission in Dinajpur, her daughter was born.
Following the birth of her daughter, LAMB hospital sent Julia and her daughter to the Danish Bangladesh Leprosy Mission (DBLM) who then contacted our social workers requesting that they both be sheltered in The Sreepur Village.
As we are the only charity in Bangladesh to keep children with their mothers and with the generous donations from our supporters enabling us to protect our families amid the Covid crisis, we welcomed Julia and her baby girl on 28th June, 2020.
Julia is almost at the end of her 14 day quarantine period and then The Sreepur Village can continue to care for Julia, empowering her and her daughter with hope for a brighter future.
Please click here if you would like to donate to our Covid Appeal, which continues to be instrumental in protecting more mothers and children during this global pandemic.
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.