Help A Family Of 4 That's Battling For Sustenance

We know of one young lady, a mother to a 3.5 yr and 15 yr old sons whose existence is endangered because of lack of requisite funds to run her house-hold of 4 people, which also includes are husband - a simple-minded man who is unable to provide adequate financial support to the family. We met this lovely family in 2016 when we'd recently moved to Kolkata and were staying in an apartment from across the road, which is where they stayed. Their littlest one was all of 2 and a quarter and adorable. By default, we fell in love with him and gradually we got attached to the rest of this small family as well. We started learning small details about them.

Since the last 10 years, and since the age of 24, Anamika has been working in a leather factory at a below average salary package and trying to run a tiny grocery store, and bringing up her 2 sons and keeping the family fed and healthy, almost single-handedly.

But now, it seems as if what she is doing is not enough. The money she is earning is not enough, the salary is stagnant but prices are not and neither are her expenses. Boys are growing, they have needs, husband is growing older and even slower and more puzzled than ever - though he does help out in tending to the kids and home while the wife is away but that's not enough either! - and she seems to be constantly running against time and needs. She's always that 2 steps behind.

Let me explain where we come into the picture. A bunch of us who are like-minded, passionate about helping those who need help, irrespective of anything but the need and the emergency, had the good fortune to meet and interact and live across the road from this lovely family who are otherwise very warm and loving and ever-smiling even when in despair. This bunch of us support a few causes that we are passionate about - right education and mentoring, hygeine and sanitation, helping those in distress and yes, damage control & disaster management.

We often experience that most of us are ready to dole out charity to beggars and those that do not have a roof. Yes, even we help out such people; but we see that day by day, what with the astronomical increase in prices, there is that lower-middle class segment who may have a roof on their head but that is all they have! Apart from that roof, nothing is close to enough - be it clothes, food, amenities - there is a lack in each of these areas - but then nobody wants to help because they are not homeless.
Our appeal is from that premise - yes Anamika does have a tiny flat which is inherited from her husband's family - but let's not make her homeless because surely it'll come to that  if she's left to battle on her own.

This family seems to have very little support - they are in an extremely prosperous  neighborhood where they are possibly the only poor family! They are marginalized, we feel, because of the sheer poverty. In fact, our reasons for seeking Rs. 50,000 is the following: 1. Get a partition deed executed for the flat and register the flat jointly in the husband's name and Anamika's name  (else they will surely lose it as there are vultures all around who are eyeing the same and are forever trying to influence then to sell it off, get out of the financial misery, move to a village ..!). We think that attitude is appalling - it's like "what's this poor family doing amidst us ...such an eyesore, let's get them out of here for good!" So the process of getting the partition deed done, registration bit, along with legal fees will amount to Rs. 37500-Rs. 40,000.

The rest of the money is to support her older son Kaushik's education. Kaushik is so enterprising ... he does not even have a feature phone to his name ... yet he knows so much about technology. He is part of a band on youtube ( he is lyricist-singer), he's picked up the skill of editing videos, music ... he is hungry for all things technology. he's not very excited about his Mathematics or Science - I cannot claim that doing brilliantly academically is his claim to fame - but he's a promising young lad who'll go places if given the right support and platform. Kaustav (the apple of our eyes, God bless him) is small and oblivious to trouble around him and because of his charming self (as you see in the snap) is popular with one and all. Plus he is small so his educational needs are proportionately way lesser compared to Kaushik's.

Well, that's the gist of our story and the family we desire to rehabiliate. They are good people, decent people and also very loyal and don't forget a good deed. Their value system is commendable and they are the ones who will help out 10 others, in need, once they bounce back on their feet. Please help us revive the family, join our cause to help Anamika regain the battle in her and the will to fight adversities and win against it. Please allow us to help her live so that she can sustain a healthy family as well.


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21st May 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support.  We have made tremendous progress in the last 10 days and thanks to Milaap, the donors - known and unknown - who've risen to the occasion, all our volunteers and young students, and all the Milaap Impact Partners.

The first difference we've been able to create is this - Anamika has lost the pinched look on her face. Not even 1/10th of her troubles are over but now she's getting confident that there is support for her. People care. She now knows that she is not alone.

I see that even her elder son, Kaushik is not feeling so helpless. I think that's a great achievement and we could make this difference only because all of us cared to make this difference.

Yesterday, a few of our local donors and I visited Anamika and her family in the evening. Sristhi has clicked some impromptu snaps and we'll be putting them up.

We are touchy about clicking away endlessly. In fact, one of our donor cum volunteers, Sristhi (she not only has made her immediate family, 3rd cousins, and neighbours contribute, she also has been mobilizing the youth circle in her purview to come forward with contributions) who was also visiting yesterday was quite not agreeable to clicking randomly. She said the family might feel like they've been put up for a show like circus clowns - of course, that's not what our intention to take a picture is. So we clicked an impromptu pic so that there is a face to the name that we've been hearing about since the last 10 days.

Once again thank you to everyone who's contributed in cash and has made way for Anamika in her effort to get back on her feet. Special thanks to Mampi (who's on Brufen 650's due to a severe toothache and still travelled 40 km to meet the family), Sristhi (again with her foot in a cast - a collapsible gate collapsed on her foot a few days back), and Anindya for being there with the family and gifting them a happy evening.

Thank you!

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Rs.28,559
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