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29 March 2004     Vadodra, Gujarat

Gurmeet Kaur lives in Gujarat with her mother and siblings. Gurmeet Kaur and her family are Sikligar Sikhs, who have a rich history of polishing and manufacturing swords as well as other weapons during Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s time. They are now a marginalized group in India, with most people working in hard labour. Gurmeet’s family is originally from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. While they were in Indore, her father passed away from a road accident. Gurmeet’s mother was originally from Gujarat, so she returned to Gujarat where her parents lives. As a single mother, it is very difficult providing for your children in India. Without a proper education or skills, finding proper or stable employment with a good income is next to impossible. Gurmeet’s mother wants to provide a good and happy life for her children, but her options are very limited.

Gurmeet is from a Sikligar community in Gujarat that has a very high dropout rate among the children. Most of the children attend a government school that does not charge any fees, but also provides a very low quality education. There is no accountability for teachers or students, and absenteeism is prevalent. As a result, by the time the children reach high school and are made to write exams, they usually fail and dropout of school for good. The boys find whatever work they can and the girls are usually married off at 15 or 16 years old. SAF CANADA will be taking on the responsibility of educating Gurmeet and other children from this area. They will begin attending a private school with a much higher quality education. Furthermore, since many students are behind in their learning due to attending the government school for so many years, we will also be opening up a Tution Centre (after-school tutoring centre) in Gujurat. If you sponsor Gurmeet today, you will be supporting SAF CANADA’s efforts to address some of the root causes of poor education and poverty in India. Sponsor Gurmeet today and ensure that her future and the future of her entire community is much brighter than their present circumstances.

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