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Our kids in Early childhood schools

Our kids in Early childhood schools

Our kids in Early childhood schools

Many of our children begin their educational journey at a very young age, highlighting the importance we place on early childhood education. It’s a priority for us, and many of our sponsors prefer to support children from their earliest years.

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Sarfraz Abwani

Sarfraz Abwani

Sarfraz Abwani

Sarfaraz is mentally challenged. We finally managed to enroll him in a school of mentally challenged kids in Porbandar in July 2017. Sarfaraz lives in the Hostel. His mother, Hasina can visit him once a month. Hasina can now live and earn a living. She has had a very difficult life. Two years back we placedSarfarazin a special needs school which provided him with some structure. We met with him and his mother. mother was cheerful and appreciative of the support we have provided. We are committed to supporting him.

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Family support (destitute mother)

Family Support (destitute mother)

Family support (destitute mother)

This is a lady whose husband died in 2022 leaving her with two girls and the realization that she was pregnant. She was barely able to speak Hindi or Gujarati and We had to rely upon the Mukhiani Maa of Shihor, who was able to communicate with her for us. She now has a baby boy and we have accepted her into our Social Welfare program so that she can have support in taking care of her children. We will also fund the education of her two daughters in our Education Program.

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Sadiquebhai

Sadiquebhai

Sadiquebhai

Sadiquebhai is a fruit vendor who has diabetes and had to have his leg amputated. The Indian government has a compensation program in place that would provide him with a free prosthetic limb, boots and crutches, but in order to take advantage of this program, Sadiquebhai had to travel to Ahmedabad from his small village.

The local bus was the only transportation available, but he could not manage the journey as he was not able to climb on and off the bus without aid. The fitting for the prosthetic would also require him to stay in Ahmedabad for a certain amount of time and he would need his family members to assist him during this time. With the help of a generous donor, we were able to provide him with a private car to take him to Ahmedabad for the trips that he needed to make for the treatment and pay for his expenses while he was there.

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Meenaz Mulani

Meenaz Mulani

Meenaz’s family

MeenazMulani comes from a family of four siblings. In 2010, we approached her parents and asked to have them enrolled in our program so that they could attend good schools and build opportunities for their futures; but he refused.

After several trips to visit him, in 2012 he finally agreed to let Meenaz be educated at an English medium school in our program. At that point, Meenaz was eight years old. After completing high school, Meenaz enrolled in university and graduated with a bachelor’s in business economics (BBE). She is now enrolled in courses to pursue an MBA.

Unfortunately, her other siblings did not fare as well. During the pandemic, Meenaz’s father married off his 17-year-old daughter because he could no longer afford to support all of his family.  When his health began to deteriorate and he was no longer able to work, he reached out to us and asked to have his other two children enrolled in our Education Program. As they started when they were much older, they will only be able to complete grade 12 and do not have much hope of being accepted into college programs. Meenaz’s mother is a domestic house cleaner who earns very little.

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Sahil Jessani

Sahil Jessani

Success Stories Sahil Jessani

Sahil Jessani was admitted to our program in 2010, when he was only five years old. Born to parents that are both deaf and mute, the family was overjoyed to learn that he did not have any disabilities when he was born. He has an older sibling, who was also born with a hearing disability and is deaf.

Sahil’s family lives in a one bedroom house, that they own in a small village. Besides his parents and sibling, the only other member of the family is Sahil’s grandmother, who is able to speak and hear and who was the only medium of communication that the family had within their community.

Sahil is a very bright student who has completed Grade 12 and is now enrolled in college, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. In the future, he hopes to obtain a position specializing in International Banking.

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An Inspiring Story of Hope

An Inspiring Story of Hope

Story Of Aaliya

This is one of our new cases. Aaliya’s father died 6 years ago. Her mother left home. Aaliya was being looked after by her grandmother and uncle in Mahuva. It was a bad situation for her as until 8 years old she didn’t go to school as she was the little helper in their house. Now she is at Rajkot Hostel and studying at one of the best schools there.

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Mentally Challenged Son And Destitute Mother

Mentally Challenged Son And Destitute Mother

Mentally Challenged Son And Destitute Mother

She contacted local community leaders in sheer distress and frustration as she had wasted precious years getting her son “treated” at a religious shrine. The treatment regimen included offering prayers, wearing blessed amulets and wrist threads, and performing other rituals. Unfortunately, none of the treatments were based on science. In return, Aminaben had to work at the shrine and do tasks like washing, cleaning, and other household chores. Needless to say, her son showed no improvement but got worse.

Another reason she approached the community leaders was to seek help for her. While performing one of the chores, she fell down and injured her hip. This required hospital treatment and extensive home care, which the shrine was unable to or wanted to provide.

Shukhar Foundation has enrolled her in our Welfare Program and admitted the son to Astha for his mental condition.

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Priya and Lucky Nayani Success Story

Priya and Lucky Nayani Success Story

Priya Nayani

During our 2011 visit to Gujarat, when Priya was 6yrs old and Lucky was 4 yrs old, their mother came from her village to meet with us in Porbandar. She wanted us to give her a promise that we would look after her children. God only knows why she was pleading and wanted Razia to promise her.  We agreed to do so not knowing that in a few months, she would die of extensive 90% burns on her body by being too near to a fire in their house.  Priya was admitted to upper KG when she began our program. Their father passed away on November 15th, 2018 he had TB. Now her grandparents look after her.  

Lucky began in Kindergarten in our education program and eventually both of them have moved on to different hostels/schools.  Last month, we moved Lucky to a much better school grade 8 in Junagadh.  He wishes to become a Software Engineer in the future.

Lucky Nayani

It is heart warming to follow the successes of children who have gone through so much hardship and remain resilient. 

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Helping Mahek From Birth

Helping Mahek From Birth

Ahmedabad council first approached us to give help to Kulsumben Wadiwalla as a cow kicked her son and his wife was pregnant with Mahek. After giving birth to Mahek, in 2007, her mom left Mahek behind with her mother-in-law, Kulsumben.

Mahek

When Mahek turned 5, Kulsumben approached us to put Mahek in school. Kulsumben’s daughter from Rajkot helped raise Mahek to age 5. We took Mahek into the Maliya Hatina Hostel and English medium school.

Mahek

Meanwhile, Kulusmben’s daughter became ill, and Kulsumben moved to Rajkot to help her daughter out. After a long sickness, Kulsumben lost her daughter, and this was hard on her to take care of Mahek, so she put Mahek into the orphanage in Rajkot. During one of our previous visits, Mahek recognized Razia at the orphanage.

Mahek

After pleading for Mahek’s case in Sidhpur Hostel, Razia was informed that Mahek behaved like a 5th grader during her intake interview there. With the help of the institutions, we were very successful in bringing Mahek to Sidhpur. We see she is very happy and healthy there.

Mahek's father

Current Update:
Recently, Kulsumben and Mahek’s father were distressed and crying as they were worried about Mahek since both were sick. Father is very ill and almost bedridden – he is losing hope that he will not survive.

Mahek

They both wanted assurances that we would look after Mahek after they were gone. Nasreen assured them. We contacted Mahek, who wanted to look after her dad and grandma in their last days.

At this time, at her young age, 14 yo Mahek almost became a caregiver to her extended family while attending school. However, her Kaka and Kaki helped us to decide to hire a caregiver so that Mahek can continue with her studies, as that is our long-term educational goal.

Let’s pray that Mahek continues to be courageous and maintains her studies.