Harleen Kaur lives with her mother, nani (maternal grandmother), and massis (aunts) in Jammu. Her favourite place in the whole world is Kashmir and when she grows up, she wants to be a pilot for the Indian Airforce. Harleen’s father was a truck driver, but he was murdered in 2016. After his death, Harleen and her mother moved in with her nani and massis. Their only source of financial support is her nani’s pension, which gives them 6,000 rupees each month for all of their expenses – that’s only $120 CAD. This is not enough to adequately support a family of five. To make matters worse, Harleen’s nani suffers from a heart condition and needs to take certain medicines on a regular basis. These medical expenses are an additional burden for the family. Harleen’s mother is worried she will no longer be able to send her daughter to school given her financial situation.
Medical expenses in India are extremely high and capable of devastating families. Medicine is a right, not a privilege. When you sponsor a child through SAF CANADA, along with covering the child’s tuition fees we make sure every member of a child’s immediate family receives the treatment they need up to 10,000 rupees every year. Furthermore, 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 perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Single Mother Households, like Harleen’s family, are especially at risk for poverty. In these cases, educating young girls like Harleen is very important as it protects them from early child marriages and allows them to live their lives without being dependent on others. Lifting women and children out of poverty is a key step to ending poverty worldwide as they are the ones who constitute a majority of the world’s poor. Sponsor Harleen today and join SAF CANADA in the fight against poverty.