Babita lost her savings in the recent Kandivali fire

Twenty-year-old Babita Gupta, who is a class 12 student, didn’t have extraordinary dreams like other girls her age. Babita, a resident of Damu Nagar, which was burnt to ashes in the December 7 fire, runs the entire household alongside her studies with the help of her mother who works as a domestic help.

"When you asked what I want, what I lost in the fire, I only wanted to say I want to leave this place, get out of the tarpaulin tent under which we have been living since the time I remember," said Babita, who has dedicated her life to her family from a very young age. "Since I was in class nine, I have been working with my mother who works as a help. My father has TB and I work as much as I can to take the family load," said Babita, who goes to college from 8 am to 2 pm, works in a garment factory from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm and then goes for her classes from 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

Babita not only takes care of her father's medical expenses, but also her own. What Babita suffers from is a rare disease where the blood stops circulating through the body. Oblivious to the name of the illness, Babita leads her life without any complaints. "When my father found out about my illness, he was devastated. He was already suffering from TB and my illness just added to the worries which led to his condition to worsen. He now also has a cataract in both his eyes and my brother has decided to drop out of college and do nothing."
The family is currently battling to make both ends meet as well rebuild everything that they lost.

On asking what Babita wishes to become professionally in the future, she laughed off saying, "What dreams? You can see our condition from your own eyes. We didn't have any lesser problems and the fire made it worse- the saved money for father's medical expenses, my own medicines, everything is gone. Now we have to start saving all over again," Babita said.

Bridge, a Mumbai-based not-for-profit organization and the on-ground partners for rehabilitation of the community affected by the Kandivali Fire, will take the funds raised on Milaap and utilize it for career counselling, creating livelihood opportunities and skill development for motivated youngsters like Babita.

Health camps ₹ 60,000
Nutrition and diet training₹ 40,000
Medication and other medical expenditure₹ 1,00,000
Total₹ 2,00,000

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22nd August 2016
Dear Supporters, 

I am Shruti, a Fellow for Milaap in Mumbai. I have met with the champion regarding Babitha’s campaign and have an update for you. 

We are pleased to inform you that with the help of your support and with the work of volunteers at Bridge, Babita has resumed her education. She is pursuing her B. Com . 

Her father, who is suffering from cataract in both eyes is slated to be operated soon.

Babita has also taken up a job at a cotton mill nearby to support her family. She was offered a job as a domestic help, but she chose to take up a stitching job at the cotton mill as it would bring in more revenue, even if it meant extra hours of work. 

Slowly, she is working towards rebuilding her life. 
She thanks all her supporters for their contribution and encouragement. 

Team Milaap

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