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.
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.