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Helping a Single Mother Ensure the Best for her Child

Helping a Single Mother Ensure the Best for her Child

This is the story of a survivor, a “shero” who is fought against all odds every single day and we at Save the Children are glad to be able to help her in her journey. This is the story of Rajo.* The girl was only 15 when she had to work as a domestic help at a house in Kolkata. The dire economic situation at home required the father to look out for a job for his daughter. As their village was around 100 km away from Kolkata, not many options of work were available in the village.

*Name changed to protect identity
 

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What it Means to be Having No Identity of Your Own: Story of Pawan

What it Means to be Having No Identity of Your Own: Story of Pawan

Pawan Kumar, an eight years old boy native to Bihar migrated to Kolkata due to a financial crisis his family was facing. It was because of his father’s debt that they had to move to a city to earn a living for themselves and clear the debt. The debt collectors used to also intimidate his family. The debt turned Pawan’s father into an alcoholic and later he died due to kidney failure. It was then that his mother decided to move to Delhi close to wear his grandparents lived. Pawan now lives in a temporary home inside a park next to Lal Quila in Delhi. He is living there with his mother and younger brother. His mother, Shanti Devi now works as a daily wage labourer

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The story of Nargis Who is Determined to Thrive

11 years old Nargis natively belongs to North Bengal. Her parents migrated from there to Kolkata before she was born in search of livelihood opportunities. Nargis is living with her parents and elder brother in a temporary house/slum that has been built on top of a canal.

Nargis’s father is a ragpicker and her mother works in the leather slipper cutting business. Her elder brother also works as a daily wage labourer. Despite working so hard, they were still not able to make both ends meet. Her parents said that Nargis was their only hope and that is why they were sending her to school. Nargis is the smartest in the family and they hope that one day she gets a well-paying job.

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Overcoming Challenges and Insecurities that Come with Living on the Streets

Pinky is a 17 years old girl. She originally belongs to a village 25 km away from Kolkata. But her parents migrated to Kolkata in search of better opportunities. Pinky’s parents believed that moving to a big city like Kolkata will offer better avenues for education and employment.

Moving to Kolkata was a tough decision to make. They faced many challenges. Living in a temporary make-shift shelter next to Dhapa, Kolkata’s biggest dumping ground was one of the biggest challenges they faced. Pinky is living here with her parents and two younger sisters.

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Gaining the Confidence to Change the Future

Gaining the Confidence to Change the Future

Sonali Sivaji Satkar is a 14 year old girl who lives with her parents and six sisters in Mumbai. Her father works as a coolie and mother works as a domestic worker. Living in a home that is a safe shelter was a comfort Sonali and her family never got. It was a nightmare living on the streets.

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