Cruising her way to a brighter future through education
Manjula lost her parents at a very tender age and was left under the shadows of her grandparents. Being at a fragile age her grandparents could not attend to her needs both physically and financially. Due to old age and inability of bringing up a young child her grandfather got her admitted to ‘Avvai Home’, a CAF India supported NGO aided by Microsoft and D. E. Shaw through our workplace giving programme Give As You Earn.
Absence of parents’ love and support deeply hampers a child’s physiological as well psychological development. 10-year-old Anu* was brought at the Salaam Balak Trust girl residential centre by the child welfare committee. She was disoriented and failed to give any information about herself or her whereabouts. She had frequent bouts of seizure and exhibited serious psychological clinical symptoms such as hyperactivity, irritable mood and impulsivity.
Better sanitation facilities leads to positive environment in school
Many children in Agaram village near Chennai study in the local Government school. Although, children in the village loved going to the school many students were dropping out of the school as there had immense difficulty in using toilets in the school. The condition of washrooms in the school was far from satisfactory. Students frequently faced issues of water inadequacy, sanitation and hygiene. Sunil and most other students in the school came from families which ensured proper sanitation facilities. They had immense difficulty in using dirty toilets in school.
Finding renewed vigour everyday: Story of Alamara Begam
Alamara Begam lived with her two children in Shyampur PS, Howrah, West Bengal. The sole earning member of the family was her husband, Azahar who used to work as a mason in Mumbai. Both her children studied in a local school in Howrah. Though the income was meagre they led a happy life. It was when Azahar and Alamara were diagnosed HIV+ that their world came crashing down.
Little Tejaswani proves that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional
Tejaswani was born very weak and pale due to Beta Thalassemia Major. Beta Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing beta globin, a component of haemoglobin. She is the third child of Shankar, who works as a driver and Shamala, an attendant. Fourteen-year-old Tejaswani undergoes blood transfusion every few weeks, since she was 3. She has to bear excruciating pain during blood transfusion, but her life depends on it.