Help This Fearless Cancer Survivor Save Her School From Shutting Down | Milaap

Help This Fearless Cancer Survivor Save Her School From Shutting Down

Press Coverage

"I always nurtured a dream of someday having a school of my own. When I went through 3rd stage cancer when breast feeding my 11 month old daughter who was diagnosed with special needs, for a moment I felt none of my dreams will ever come true. But, my drive to be there for my daughter and not give up on life before I achieve something helped me fight cancer hard. Today, I have survived without any evidence of disease for 22 years "

In 1996, Farida Rizwan was diagnosed with 3rd stage Breast Cancer when her mentally challenged daughter was just 11 months old. Farida had been running a canteen at the Bangalore Children's Hospital and Research Centre, but lost her job when she was diagnosed. She received no financial support from her husband too who had left her for another life in Dubai after her diagnosis. 

                         

"I travelled around Bangalore in crowded BTS buses, with my bald head, carrying my daughter and soft toys to sell them"

Throughout this toughest phase of her life, Farida's motivation was her daughter. "I didn't want to leave my daughter fight it out alone in this society and wanted to live for her". After a 5 year battle with cancer she finally won over it. Her struggle with the disease changed her forever.

Inspired by her daughter and wanting to make the world a better place for kids like her, she decided to have her school where there would be one kid with special needs for every eight students.

           

I made sure I have raised my daughter with a lot of dignity and attitude even though I was going through cancer, but I see a lack of understanding in people while dealing with special kids in society. Through this school my aim will be to sensitise the kids and their parents and make them understand that special kids are normal kids too. They can learn along with the normal kids in a regular school set up and do not need a separate school.

I want the kids with special needs to learn from their peers and gain confidence to mingle. At the same time, other kids can also learn to respect and treat those differently abled as equals,” 

         

Farid who had worked as a counsellor and a content writer had put all her savings into this school but any new concept is not going to met with immediate acceptance in the society and similarly many parents backed out once a special child was admitted in the school. So her admissions have dropped drastically. She is now short of funds to run the school

I invested more than 11,00,000 INR in my project . Many parents with special needs children have approached me for help for their children, I am unable to contribute anything to them. Like I fought with my cancer, I'm going to fight to make my school a success. If there is anyone out there who believes in my school and the idea I request you to kindly make a donation so that many special kids can benefit. 










Ask for an update
27th February 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. It did not happen overnight, but slowly I can see the progress. Children are highly influenced by their surrounding environment. When the peers are writing, every child will try to follow them. Finally, they catch up, a bit late, but it will happen.
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your love. It did not happen overnight, but slowly I can see the progress. Children are highly influenced by their surrounding environment. When the peers are writing, every child will try to follow them. Finally, they catch up, a bit late, but it will happen.
30th September 2019
This video was recorded by my teacher. When I saw it on my whatsapp group, I was very touched. It made me believe in proper inclusive education in early years wherever possible more than before.
I could see how the child who is confused in the beginning with the new game of grasshopper jumping, slowly responds and then understands and follows. In an environment where the caretakers understand the needs and do not interfere much to help the special needs child, the child develops and gains confidence. I am also surprised by the peers who do not treat them different. When we do this in the early years, we will be taking steps towards more inclusive society and more awareness among our citizens about people who have more challenges with their everyday routine.
It has been a big battle and sometimes I feel I have bitten off more than I can chew, but such moments make all the struggle worth it.
Thank you everyone for believing in me. Even a tiny pat on the back means that this is something you believe in. That means a lot to me. 
This video was recorded by my teacher. When I saw it on my whatsapp group, I was very touched. It made me believe in proper inclusive education in early years wherever possible more than before.
I could see how the child who is confused in the beginning with the new game of grasshopper jumping, slowly responds and then understands and follows. In an environment where the caretakers understand the needs and do not interfere much to help the special needs child, the child develops and gains confidence. I am also surprised by the peers who do not treat them different. When we do this in the early years, we will be taking steps towards more inclusive society and more awareness among our citizens about people who have more challenges with their everyday routine.
It has been a big battle and sometimes I feel I have bitten off more than I can chew, but such moments make all the struggle worth it.
Thank you everyone for believing in me. Even a tiny pat on the back means that this is something you believe in. That means a lot to me. 
1st August 2019
Dear Donors,

Thank you.

As mentioned earlier, Giggle Garden is making a slow, but steady progress. I am almost breaking even with the expenditures with just a little shortage at present. Hope that will change in near future.
 We organized few events in the previous term and wish to do the same this year. Pictures of those events are shared below.

This year, I unfortunately lost quite a few admissions due to lack of transport facilities. My next target is to arrange for an safe vehicle for our Gigglers. I will not be using the Milaap funds unless it is enough for me to arrange for a school mini van. That will give a big boost for us. I have introduced Flintoclass as a part of our curriculum besides Montessori. We have brought in lot of worksheets and books for facilitating learning in children.

I am grateful to everyone who have helped me in growing my dream into reality. It is a pleasure to see that no child is treated different and all learn together in our Giggle Garden. No child is left behind in our center.

Children and parents in our center have great understanding and acceptance of people with special needs.
My dream of inclusive education has been very successful and all the effort, struggle and my fight has been worth seeing the special smiles. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me to take this ahead.









Dear Donors,

Thank you.

As mentioned earlier, Giggle Garden is making a slow, but steady progress. I am almost breaking even with the expenditures with just a little shortage at present. Hope that will change in near future.
 We organized few events in the previous term and wish to do the same this year. Pictures of those events are shared below.

This year, I unfortunately lost quite a few admissions due to lack of transport facilities. My next target is to arrange for an safe vehicle for our Gigglers. I will not be using the Milaap funds unless it is enough for me to arrange for a school mini van. That will give a big boost for us. I have introduced Flintoclass as a part of our curriculum besides Montessori. We have brought in lot of worksheets and books for facilitating learning in children.

I am grateful to everyone who have helped me in growing my dream into reality. It is a pleasure to see that no child is treated different and all learn together in our Giggle Garden. No child is left behind in our center.

Children and parents in our center have great understanding and acceptance of people with special needs.
My dream of inclusive education has been very successful and all the effort, struggle and my fight has been worth seeing the special smiles. Thank you for believing in me and trusting me to take this ahead.









Rs.189,227 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Farida Rizwan info_outline

Supporters (99)

KR
KANDLA RAJASHREE donated Rs.100
KR
Karthik donated $150

God bless! You are a inspiration for all of us!

RD
Rakshit donated Rs.1,000
JK
JAI KUMAR SINGH P donated Rs.500
A
Anonymous donated Rs.7,000
A
Anonymous donated $25

Best of wishes. May Allah reward you for your dedication in helping children in need of support. Blessyou. We need more people like you.