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January 12, 2007     Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

Arshdeep Kaur lives with her grandparents, parents, and younger brother in Jammu. When she grows up, Arshdeep wants to be a teacher. Arshdeep’s role model is her mother. She works very hard to take care of her family and tailor clothes at home to earn a little money. Every month, Arshdeep’s mother makes about 5,000 rupees – that’s only $100 CAD – and this is all the money she has to take care of her two children and Arshdeep’s grandparents. Arshdeep’s father is addicted to drugs and does not have a stable job. Arshdeep’s grandfather, who is now 80 years old, is also forced to work as a carpenter so the family can make ends meet. He cannot work very much because of his age, but he manages to earn 3,000 rupees a month. Arshdeep’s mother wants a better future for her daughter and her family, but she is beginning to feel helpless.

This lack of income is the reality for many women and single mothers living in poverty across India – gender discrimination leads to women being married early without access to a proper education, becoming dependent on male figures, and less employment opportunities with adequate wages. This poverty and lack of access to essential resources also negatively impacts their children in terms of health and education, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty. If you sponsor Arshdeep today, SAF CANADA can make sure her mother’s vulnerable situation does not affect Arshdeep’s future. She will be able to continue her schooling and have access to all the opportunities every child deserves. Your monthly contribution will cover her tuition fees, school supplies, textbook costs, and any medical issues for the child and her immediate family. Empowering women and young girls is a key step to ending poverty in India as they are the ones who constitute a majority of the world’s poor. Sponsor Arshdeep today and join SAF CANADA in the fight against poverty.

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