I am Rahima and I came to The Sreepur Village in 2017 from Mymenshing. Back then, I was very helpless, a divorcee and unable to take care of myself let alone my four children.
Today and under the care of The Sreepur Village, my days are now structured, and I am now more organised and focused. Like the other mothers, I wake my children and prepare their breakfast before 7:00am. After breakfast, my children get ready for their morning studies which is followed by an assembly in the school yard. Meanwhile at 8:30am, I start my job, which is cleaning my room and working in the baby house.
I have a lunch break, from 1:30-2:30pm, and at 5:00pm I return from work and my children and I eat together and then go to the field to play.
At 6.30pm, we meet for evening study (depending on the season) and then we all go for dinner together, which starts at 8:00 pm and finishes around 9:00 pm. To learn more about the world, we form groups and read newspapers together. At 10pm, everyone prepares for bed and then its lights out!
I really enjoy living in The Sreepur Village, before I felt my life had no purpose but now, with studying, working and sharing stories with others, I feel there is hope for a brighter future not just for me but for my four children too.
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.