She Couldn’t Keep Her Children Warm

“My husband comes home fully drunk every night,” Bhadra said. “He sleeps anywhere, not bothered by the climate — whether cold or hot. He doesn’t use blankets or bed sheets and will not provide such good things for us.”

Bhadra has learned not to expect much from her husband, Jugnu. He has a job painting, yet their family’s house remains unfinished and unpainted. Every day Jugnu spends the money he makes on alcohol and gives nothing to Bhadra for their family’s needs.

Her Children Needed to Eat

Bhadra had to get a job as a housemaid in several homes in order to feed her family. She leaves home for work as soon as her children head to school, and then she comes back at midday to make lunch when they return. Her evening is spent cleaning more homes. With her small income, she’s able to provide for most of the family’s needs.

As the chilly and rainy monsoon season approached, Bhadra was faced with a new difficulty: She had no way of keeping her children warm.

“I had made some bedding with old clothes and worn-out saris of mine, by stitching them together,” she explained, “but those are not capable of protecting us from severe cold.”

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