New beginnings

Posted by Tearfund

Shorifa lives in Bangladesh with her two children. Having lost her leg working in a clothes factory, her husband abandoned her. Shorifa took her children to live with her parents but, with no land and little income, life was tough.

With Tearfund’s help, Shorifa joined a local self-help group and started a small business selling tea. But then, in March this year, the Covid-19 pandemic brought lockdown to her village and the business closed down. In May, further devastation struck Bangladesh in the form of Cyclone Amphan. The family’s home was flooded. Everything was damaged.

But, all was not lost. Thanks to the training she received through the self-help group, Shorifa knew what to do in the event of a disaster. She was ready and prepared. Shorifa took what little food they had and then took her family to find shelter at a nearby flood centre.

Tearfund’s coronavirus response has, so far, reached 1.38 million people. Shorifa and her family were provided with emergency food including rice, lentils, oil, salt, puffed rice and sugar. They were also given soap and sanitiser, and taught about the importance of social distancing and wearing a face covering.

With your support, we can show people facing disaster they haven’t been forgotten. A gift of £9 a month could help people, just like Shorifa, to become better prepared for when disaster strikes.

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