Every week, we like to share with you a story of one of our mothers or children and today we are sharing Parven's story.
Parven, a mother of six children, sought refuge at The Sreepur Village in June. Her husband was too sick to work which meant he could no longer provide for his large family.
Everything was good before the birth of their third child. They were
living with their extended families who helped them with their meals, their clothes and somewhere to live. However, just after the birth of their third daughter, these family members started to dominate Parven, they did this becuase her husband could not do anything.
Family members used to say "Parven, you have to do all the household chores"
which was very tough for her with six children to care for.
Parven says, ‘’When my family was getting bigger, my children started to drop out
from school, they were going without food and clothes. After my sixth child,
family members of my in-laws refused to give food to all my children. They were mean and mistreated me but they were also mean to my children and forced me to return to my parents house but when I arrived my brothers and their wives started to bully me and pressurise me so I left and found refuge at The Sreepur Village, my home for one month.
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.
Here are the future aspirations and ambitions of three single mothers living in The Sreepur Village, who despite their previous adverse experiences are now determined more than ever to succeed and live life independently and financially self-sufficient.
Shumi is a single mother of one daughter and two sons. Her husband is a driver but he is addicted to drugs. Due to excessive drug taking, his lifestyle is out of control. Shumi's husband would frequently beat her. In his eyes, his wife could not cook so in return she had to bear more punishment.