Shubhashree (name changed) is a 7 year old girl who was treated for Acute Lymphoid Leukemia at Kidwai and later underwent Bone marrow transplantation at Narayana Hopital with the help of Sanman Foundation and Mazumdar Shah Medical Foundation. Her mother Usha (name changed) is the lone guardian of her daughter. She has the responsibility of her elder daughter Gagana, presently in care of Usha’s mother. Usha’s husband, who was unhappy with two girl children never bothered to fulfill his responsibility. Hence, Usha’s lone struggle was solely supported by NGOs, who could raise funds up to 9 lakhs from public for her bone marrow transplantation and in addition she was given post transplant follow-up for more than a year.

Belagu Foundation joined hands in providing assistance for post transplant follow-up procedures at Narayana Hospital. Now the major issue was to rehabilitate Usha, who was not educated and had no other skill to sustain herself and her daughters.

She was joined to Vocational Training at Unnati Centre, Bangalore run by SGBS trust for the benefit of unemployed youth with guaranteed placements. Belagu Foundation sponsored for her training as well as for her stay and maintenance for 50 days. Unnati has instilled confidence in her by training her in computer literacy, life skill training and spoken English. Now that she has completed her training, and looking for placements, she shall be on her own soon.

Usha and Shubhashree’s story is example of contribution by society towards empowerment of women and protecting girl child.

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