I have been assigned a responsibility of 30 girls, aged from 6 to 11 from a nearby slum. I teach and empower these girls on a daily basis. In the past 3 months, we have formed a beautiful bond with each other.
A few weeks ago, I was shocked to find out that one of my girls is suffering from brain tumour. Before I could digest this news, a helpless mother of another child came running to me informing me that our girl was raped.
This has been a traumatic experience for us all. I didn't know what to do, but I knew I had to be there for the family. I took a stand and promised the mother that she is not alone in this. When I went to visit the child, she was in terrible condition. She was unable to walk or sit. She was laying down and her mother was oiling the childs body. I looked around the place she lived. It was a room, size of my bathroom. This was it, just this room. No windows, no toilet, no kitchen. In the corner I saw a gas cylinder with a pot over it. There was one bed made out of blankets stacked up, where the child was lying down and the rest of 6 siblings cramped up on the floor. There was no room for me to sit or stand in the room, I was standing outside the door. The father does not live with them and the mother is alone, raising her children.
The child was screaming, not eating nor talking. Her condition was very critical. After 4 days, she was finally admitted in hospital. 4 long days because the mother did not have any papers and we had to get them all made.
Finally after a week of medical treatment, she has been discharged. She is back to that tiny room and will have to grow up there. The rapist used to live in the room above, where the incident took place. All the other rooms surrounding her are occupied with the rapists family and friends, they keep on harassing her and her family, trying to provoke them to withdraw the case. The owner of the room they rent has also been harassing them, asking them to leave and playing all sorts of mind games.
I cannot watch this child continue to live in that room, nor is she medically fit to be able to withstand such conditions the room provides. I want to see this child, receive a wonderful education and pull her family out of this misery.
Child rape has unfortunately become a common crime in the slum I work with. I cannot help every single family, but I know if I stand by this family it will mean so much. The mother has been in a emotional mess since, she was not in any condition to run around hospitals, and police stations. I know my work, and the work of my amazing friends who have assisted me has meant a lot. If we can show our support to this family. More rape cases will be reported after seeing the amount of support available to them. This means more rapists arrested and the message will be spread out in the community that rape will not be tolerated!
The child wants to be a police officer and arrest all the rapists in the country. We can make her dream come true. Please donate kindly.
I will be using these funds for rehabilitation and refuge for the child's family. Along with this, I am also helping my other girl receive the correct treatment for Brain tumour, these funds will also be allocated towards her treatment.
If any funds are left over, they will be used for essential learning resources for my girls. These include, books, stationary, personality development workshops, community projects etc.
These workshops and projects focus on empowering the girl child and preparing them to break all barriers faced by women in society.
I wish for all my girls to fulfill their dreams, however issues such as child marriage, gender discrimination etc. can restrict this from happening. I don't want to see any of my girls getting married and then pregnant at age 14, and having their lives endangered.
My vision is to shape my girls into strong confident women who can not only overcome barriers faced by them in society, but also set new benchmarks.
Just imagine, girls shifting their families out of a bathroom sized room, with no windows nor toilets, into real homes, with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens etc! Earning for the family, be able to afford essentials such as food, clean water etc.
This can change the whole dimension of being a girl in India!
These girls are hard working, and they deserve to achieve their dreams.
To create such opportunities, I need help and support from all my friends and family to assist me with my vision.
More than 400 million people in India are living in poverty, we can break this cycle within one generation by educating a girl child from each family.
Please help out with my cause, I really need the resources to keep going.
Please donate even $1 if you can. I will be forever grateful.
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