We have taken a second sponsorship for Seema from India. The sponsorship assures that children receive a good school education and a safe environment – the foundations for a better future and a good chance in life.

Family

Seema is the second youngest of seven siblings. Three brothers and one sister are already married and have left the family. Together with her parents, one brother and one sister, she lives in Varanasi, in the north-east of India. The house where the family lives now has brick walls.

Living conditions 

Now, the family receives most of their water from a neighbour’s water pipe. It takes them less than five minutes to fetch water. This is considered an improvement over the water source they used before. The family uses a simple flush toilet. This is considered a better sanitary facility. The closest health facility is about 30 kilometers away.

Education and freetime

Seema attends a secondary school, which is located in half an hour distance from her home.

Health

According to her family Seema has been a healthy child so far and did not suffer from anyserious illnesses.

Village, people and culture

Srd Aurai is a region consisting of several communities and is also known as the carpet city. It is part of the district Ravi Sant Das Nagar, formerly known as Bhadoni. Sant Ravidas Nagar (Bhadoni) became the 65th district of the federal state of Uttar Pradesh on June 30th 1994. The region is populated by members of various castes, mainly by members of the low castes. On the bottom of the caste system are the so called Dalits, which are a “listed” case and were known as the “untouchables” in the past. Even today the Dalits are subject of severediscrimination economically and socially. On the average households consist of six family members. The main source of income isagriculture and carpet weaving. Inhabitants of the region who do not own land property, work as day labourers in brickfactories, carpet garages or produce Dona-Pattel (plates made out of leafs). The climate is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer with temperatures up to 48 degree Celsius. A lot of ceremonies are celebrated in Srf Aurai. The most popular in the region is Kajari, which is celebrated in August. On this occasion women sing traditional songs, the so called Kajari songs, and perform tribal dances. The most popular leisure activity is a visit to the carnival of Gajimiya Ka Mela.

Current situation in Seemas homeland

Various education and information campaigns allow adults and children to gain new insights and to develop their skills. These are the plans for the years to come:

  • Support of children’s rights
  • Conduction of seminars with families on the topics of improvement of income and health
  • Foundation of children’s youth and self-help groups who have the opportunity to improve their situation in the sectors of health, education and income by taking part in development projects

Projects

The families in the area where Seema lives have participated in or benefited from the following projects:

  • Vaccinations for children and pregnant women
  • Support for children’s groups when publishing their own circulars or magazines
  • Enlightenment on hygiene, sanitation and water use
  • Training and support for women’s self-help groups
  • Improve the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect