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A small charity that provides facilities and services to children and young adults resident in the London Borough of Barnet with the intention to cater for their social, educational and general welfare needs.
Specifically, Today & Tomorrow has contributed to the acquisition and maintenance of a mini-bus to enable young under-privileged children from the Strawberry Fields estate to take trips away from their usual day to day environment.
Following Today and Tomorrow’s successful fund raising efforts involving a climb to the top of Kilimanjaro. The objects of the charity were extended to Africa to benefit this community as well.
UK charity named Scotty’s Little Soldiers that specifically aids children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces as a result of the recent devastating wars. This charity also benefits single mother war widows who are left behind.
My experiences living in India Bhopal after 35 years
I would venture into shanty towns befriending mothers and children, after hearing horrific tales from maids that worked in the colony, where I resided.
These young maids, mostly in their late teens or early twenties, would earn up to 1000-1200 rupees per month (£10-15). Their chores would include sweeping the house, mopping the floors, and washing pots and pans.
Upon visiting these shanty towns I saw with my own eyes, children playing in squalor near drains and not going to school. Mothers working whilst jobless husbands, were often drunk or away from the family home. In some cases elderly parents of the husband would also be added to the fold.
Unfortunately this tale worsens, as all too often when these husbands did come home, they would beat their wives and children, and take their hard earned money.
I would question these women, by asking “why not leave your husbands?” Sadly the response was always the same “what will people think of me, who are around me?”
They had their dignity and pride, but that’s all they had left.
In one particular tragic case, a husband came home, beat his wife for money then strangled her in front of their children. The terrified children ran in fear to a neighbour, whilst the husband ran off leaving his wife for dead.
I would contribute by preparing meals for literally hundreds of children, their mothers and the elderly; and in winter I would provide blankets to keep them warm, a treat cherished by all.
The sad reality is there are no charities to help or guide these young women.
They may be poor and not know of a better life, but they do have is dignity and pride.
Kids always have smiles on their faces, and Mums always do their best for them.
God bless them all.
Following the founder’s own experiences and her recent visits to Bhopal, the charity’s objects were extended to include India to help a charity in Bhopal that supports single mothers who have suffered from abusive relationships.
The charity remains focused on benefiting the local community in Greater London and will continue to look for ways to support this country’s under-privileged single parent families.
* excludes gift aid
* excludes gift aid