BENEFITING: SALAAM BOMBAY CHILDRENS FUND
This is Lily she's 41 years old. When I went to Mumbai on holiday I visited the slums of Dharavi and met Lily and her family. Lily is actually a distant relative of mine who I'd never met until I went to Mumbai. My stepbrother was adopted from Mumbai as a street kid and Lily is his sister. When I heard her story I was shocked about how much pain emotionally and physically she's been through. Lily's mother was a drug addict and she was raised on the street collecting trash and begging for money with her sister and two brothers. Now Lily has two children and three grand children. She lives with her son, his wife, and their child who's six months old. Their house is about 150 square feet with a kitchen and small bed. Lily usually sleeps on the floor while the others cram together on the bed. Sadly her husband left her for another woman two years ago leaving her and his children and grand children. She doesn't talk to her daughter because after she got married her husband threatened Lily to pay her every week or he would beat her. She is also threatened by her daughter in law that lives with her. Lily's other brother also lives very close to her with his daughter and if enough money is earned him and his daughter could live together with Lily. I want to start a fundraiser and collect enough money to buy her and affordable apartment for her and her family. Whatever left over money will be spread throughout the neighbouring families near Lily. Lily and her family deserve better and so do the people that live in Dharavi but no one can help everyone and this may be only helping a small part but it's a start. If you're born in the slums there's no getting out unless someone helps you.