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Help This Fearless Cancer Survivor Save Her School From Shutting Down

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"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. 










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28th May 2020
Hi,

    As everyone knows, all the business plans of many preschools are not valid anymore due to the unpredicted situation we are facing due to Covid19. My Giggle Garden is closed temporarily, but I am not giving up on my project.

I am giving support through books and homeschooling for parents. Also, special assistance is given to two parents with special needs children, who need extra help. Education of the children is not stopped though we are unable to run the business in wake of Covid19.

Unfortunately income has nose-dived to zero since parents are unable/unwilling to pay when they cannot be sure when the school is going to reopen. Some of them are afraid to send children to school as well. So our future is on shaky ground at present.

Though promises have been made, it is yet to reach us. Rent and salary of helpers is the big burden to hold on to a school in this crisis. Any assistance to manage this would be highly appreciated.
Sharing few videos of homeschooling we have done so far with our students.

Thanking everyone for being a pillar of support for me during my crisis.
Hi,

    As everyone knows, all the business plans of many preschools are not valid anymore due to the unpredicted situation we are facing due to Covid19. My Giggle Garden is closed temporarily, but I am not giving up on my project.

I am giving support through books and homeschooling for parents. Also, special assistance is given to two parents with special needs children, who need extra help. Education of the children is not stopped though we are unable to run the business in wake of Covid19.

Unfortunately income has nose-dived to zero since parents are unable/unwilling to pay when they cannot be sure when the school is going to reopen. Some of them are afraid to send children to school as well. So our future is on shaky ground at present.

Though promises have been made, it is yet to reach us. Rent and salary of helpers is the big burden to hold on to a school in this crisis. Any assistance to manage this would be highly appreciated.
Sharing few videos of homeschooling we have done so far with our students.

Thanking everyone for being a pillar of support for me during my crisis.
1st April 2020
Thank you everyone who believed in me and supported me to hold on to My Giggle Garden during the initial days when the going was tough.
Finally we were looking at success when unfortunately the Covid19 forced all preschools to close down.

Not to worry, I will never allow your support to go in vain and begin from where we left, though everything looks unsure for now.

For time being the only option I have is to wait and watch and things unfold.

Sharing some good memories through pictures below.  
Thanking you once again

.
Thank you everyone who believed in me and supported me to hold on to My Giggle Garden during the initial days when the going was tough.
Finally we were looking at success when unfortunately the Covid19 forced all preschools to close down.

Not to worry, I will never allow your support to go in vain and begin from where we left, though everything looks unsure for now.

For time being the only option I have is to wait and watch and things unfold.

Sharing some good memories through pictures below.  
Thanking you once again

.
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.
Rs.197,527 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Farida Rizwan info_outline

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Chandana donated Rs.5,000

May you all be well.

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Ananya donated Rs.2,500

Wish you all the best!

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