11 yrs old
This is Suraiya.
Her father passed away after battling with cancer in 2012.
After this event, she began living in the slums of Rajshahi City in a two room shelter with her family – her mother and her brother.
When he was alive, her father was the shopkeeper of a small grocery which kept the family going, but without him they had no source of income. ANy savings they had had was spent on treating Suraiya’s father’s illness, and they were left with nothing.
Suraiya’s mother tried to earn money as a tailor, but could not make enough to keep food on the table for her two children and send them to school.
Suariya stopped going as her mother could not pay the tuition fees, and became quite ill.
Now, thanks to sponsorship from Orphans in Need, all of this has changed…
Suraiya is now back in education as her school fees are not paid for, and she and her family are now less stressed as they know where their next meal is coming from.
They receive monthly food parcels which contain a range of ingredients that are all locally sourced and wholesome. This means Suraiya is eating more nutritious meals and her health has therefore improved.
After being taken for health checks by the charity, it was found Suraiya had not received much nutrition as a child. Orphans in Need is rectifying this now by providing her with eggs, milk and protein biscuits.