Birdavinder Singh lives in Fatehgarh Sahib with his mother and his grandfather. Birdavinder’s mother is his role model and when he grows up, he wants to be as strong and brave as her. His goal is to become a police officer. Birdavinder’s father was a drug addict and abusive towards Birdavinder’s mother. After she left him in 2017, she moved back to her parents’ house. Birdavinder and his mother now live with his grandfather, who is 80 years old. Birdavinder’s mother is the only breadwinner and makes about 500 rupees each month working as a maid – that’s only $10 CAD. Birdavinder’s mother wants a better future for her son, but she is afraid her options are very limited.
Women in India are extremely vulnerable due to social bias, which prevents women’s access to job skills training, basic education, decent living conditions, and health care (for themselves and their children) which affects their children and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Single Mother Households, like Birdavinder’s family, are especially at risk. Uplifting women and children is a key step towards ending poverty worldwide because they are the ones who constitute a majority of the world’s poor. Sponsor Birdavinder today and join SAF CANADA in the fight against poverty.