The inhabitants of Dominica are no strangers to natural disasters, and the island has always been especially vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms. But Hurricane Maria, in September last year, eclipsed all other natural disasters in the country’s history.
Ayesha also comes from Uttar Pradesh. She arrived in Delhi five years ago with her mother and three younger siblings. Ayesha’s father was an abusive alcoholic. When her mother tried to stand up to him, she was threatened by her in-laws. Eventually she was forced to leave her husband, taking her children with her, to begin a new life for them in Delhi. She found work as a cleaner in a local school and remains the sole breadwinner for her family.
Nelly dreams of becoming an electrical engineer, just like her father. He used to work as an electrician for the Uganda railways before the government closed the corporation down. He now earns what income he can from electrical odd jobs, but it is not enough to support the education of his four children. The family frequently default on their school fees, forcing Nelly’s father to borrow money or plead with the headteacher to allow his children to continue in school.
Priya’s family came to Delhi three years ago from Uttar Pradesh. The family was forced to flee their village after a fire destroyed their home and they lost everything. Priya’s father now works as a labourer in a grocery shop, and her mother prepares lunches for office workers.
On Tuesday 10th April 2018, the CGEF hosted a splendid evening of pan-Commonwealth music and entertainment to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the charity and the Commonwealth Summit in London.