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Help school ragpickers’ daughters

Focus: Education, Girl Child

55% Funded
BEING born a girl and into penury gives a ragpicker’s daughter little hope of a childhood, let alone an education. Help Tiljala SHED change that, one deserving girl at a time, by awarding them scholarships.

Children of ragpickers are introduced to the occupation by the time they are just six years old. Girls are either never enrolled at school or drop out as soon as they are old enough to do chores while the parents earn.

TSHED select girls keen learners from ultra poor families for the scholarships. One shining example of how this can transform a life is Sofia Abbas, 30, from an East Kolkata slum who ranked 29th in her civil service exams!

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We've raised enough to support the monthly scholarship of two girls.

T-SHED are thrilled to have directly received 13 donations for this Fundraiser from their overseas supporters. We are equally thrilled:)

This Fundraiser has raised Rs 1,59,922 - awarding 5 ragpickers' daughters with educational scholarships for a whole year which will also cover costs for their transport, meals, medical expenses, uniforms, and more.

Read more about Neha Khatoon - one of the beneficiaries of this Fundraiser - in the News Feed below.


Each scholarship of Rs 2,420 per month covers tuition fees, transport, stationery, books, tiffin, medical expenses, uniforms, and more. Destitute families living in Kolkata’s slums, pavements and squatter settlements rarely spend money educating their daughters, prefering to invest, if at all, in their sons.

Ragpickers need all the hands they can get - including their children's

Of the 1.5million slum dwellers in Kolkata – many in shelters along railway tracks – 80,000 are rag pickers. The meagre living that this occupation affords has been further diminished by the fall in prices of petroleum-based waste like plastic. Plus, Kolkata’s new garbage compactors have decreased the quantity of rubbish available for picking. Dwindling livelihoods of impoverished families adversely affect their children, especially girls.

Empowering and educating adolescent girls is one of the best ways to stop poverty from being passed from generation to generation, and can be transformational for entire societies

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank

Getting admission to one of the leading colleges in Kolkata has been possible thanks to Tiljala SHED’s scholarship programme. My father being the sole earner in a large family, higher education for me was a distant dream.

Zakiya Shamim, 1st Year B.Com, Bhawanipur College, Kolkata

A girl child who is even a little bit educated is more conscious of family planning, health care and, in turn, her children’s own education.

Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro, Bengaluru

Tiljala SHED’s scholarship programme funds my education which has led not just me but also my family towards a better life with less pressure. My goal is to become an IPS Officer for which I get motivation from the team.

Shaista Shamim, Class 12 student, Darapara, Kolkata

This Fundraiser, in full, will support scholarships for 10 girls, identified by educators and TSHED staff who are in close contact with them at their education centres. The criteria for their selection includes their level of poverty, comittment to learning and their parents’ assurance of not putting them to work. Each girl will be admitted to a good local school and their progress will be meticulously monitored.

Educating destitute girls will stop the generational cycle of poverty
Neha is back in school
by Tiljala SHED
05 June 2017

A year ago, 14-year-old Neha Khatoon was forced to drop out of school when she was in Class 7 as her daily wage earner father could not afford to educate all of his three children. But her mother, a rag picker, was unhappy about the plight of her eldest. 

So she turned to Tiljala SHED - with whom she has been associated for 10 years - for support for her daughter. Neha is one of the five beneficiaries of this Fundraiser and is now back in her old school, Debendra Vidyapith for Girls in class 8, having paid all her dues.

Suniya wants to be a doctor
by Tiljala SHED
02 Feb. 2017

Suniya Majhi, 8, is one of our beneficiaries from Baishali. This Fundraiser will help young girls like her to get an education and not only dream about what they want to be, but pursue their dreams.

Suniya's father went to live with another woman when Suniya was young.

She lives with her mother, a domestic help, and three older brothers, one of who is a ragpicker. Suniya says that each time he collects glass bottles and scrap iron he is happy as they fetch more money. Returning home with a full sack and Rs 200 means he has had a good day.

After school and tuitions, Suniya helps her mother with household work till it's time to go out to play lukochuri (hide-and-seek) with friends in the evening.

When asked what she wants to become, "Mmm, let me think... a doctor. Because people in my locality are always suffering from some oshukh (illness) or the other. As a doctor, I will cure people and bring smiles to their faces."

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