Archive for May, 2013

Imrana’s Story

My name is Imrana. I come from Gulap Gonj, an area in Sylhet, Bangladesh. It’s all lakes and tea gardens. It’s very beautiful. I came here in 1998 on a spouse visa. My family arranged my marriage for me and I never thought about saying yes or no. Here in London, speaking English was hard for me. We learn in school back home but when I came here it was completely different – I couldn’t communicate with people. With Heba’s help I have improved my speaking, reading and writing in English. Now I can communicate by myself its better. I want to become a nursery teacher.

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Fathema’s Story

My name is Fathema I came here in 2007. When I came to London I had eating problem and also problem with my speaking English.
When I came to Heba I felt it’s not like other colleges. I feel like all the staff don’t see us as outsiders. Heba belongs to us too. When I first time came to Heba I did not speak English but now I can speak English and Heba helped me to improve my English and my eating problem is better.
My dream in future I want to be English teacher to help other people like me.

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Sayeda’s Story

My name is Sayeda. I came in this country in 1981. When I first time I came here I didn’t like the weather and I didn’t like my soft squashy bed so I slept on the floor!
The things I needed were English Exam, positive thinking and motivation. At Heba, everybody was help me so this make me feel like could change my life. I got my English exam and I got more motivation and positive thinking from my friends and teacher.
My dream, in the future I will learn to drive. My teacher showed me how to practice the theory test on the internet and my son is a driving instructor.

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Mina’s Story

Hi all my name is Mina Khanom, I am 30 years old. I am British Bengali – I grew up here in the UK. The reason why I came to Heba is to explore different options for my life. I don’t have a job at the moment but I want to work as a team in a group and like to share my ideas and thoughts. I would like to help people who came from different backgrounds. I would like to support the office and everyone in the project. I want everyone to support me and help me what I do. I hope I gain knowledge and personal skills and have a good value. I want to walk for Heba to raise money for this centre.

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Ruksana’s Story

My name is Ruksana Rose Begum. I arrived in October 2011 with my family and I was 18 so they told me I was too old to get a place in school. I was sad because I was good at school. I started looking for something to do to learn English and learn skills because I have to get a job; I have to do something.
I joined Heba, worked hard and finished 2 English levels in 6 months because I did voluntary work in the office and the classroom so I got more English practice.
I am going to take exams for the 3rd level in July. My dream is to get back my education. In Bangladesh I thought I was going to finish school, go to college, go to university, do it the normal way in my own country. Now everything is changed but I can still get to university, just by a different way: working, getting qualifications and learning English until I am ready. Maybe I will get there a bit later but I will get there.

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Fozor Bibi’s Story

I come from Palpur Barigow in Sylhet, Bangladesh. I came here in 1988 because of marriage. Cold weather was my biggest problem. I didn’t come out from my home and this didn’t help me find friends and learn English. When my husband died I was alone.
My neighbour told me about Heba. At first I didn’t want to go out and see people but then it got easier. I became more friendly, improved my speaking and more importantly I got a boost in confidence.
My dream is to improve my English a little bit more so that I can understand everyone and have even more friends.

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Hameeda’s Story

My name is Hameeda Lodin, I am from Afghanistan. I came to London in 2005 because of my husband. It was a very difficult time for me because I had some issues with my husband, and also I could not speak English. All my family were back home and I did not have anyone here to support me and i felt so lonely. When my son was 3 years old I found out he has autism, it was a very emotional time for me but with a little bit of help I became stronger. After sometime I joined English courses and I made a lot of friends. I decided to leave my husband as he was consuming drugs which is something children should not be around. At the moment it is just me and my son. I currently study Business Administration level 2 at Hackney College and do my work placement at Heba. My dream is to finish my studies and find a permanent job as receptionist. I would also like to help other Asian women who are in similar situations like me. I hope I can find a good husband in the future who will support me and help me.

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Rabia’s Story

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My name is Rabia. I am a British Bangladeshi citizen. I have chosen to work in Heba because I find it to be very rewarding. I want to be able to help women who have not had many opportunities in their life and help boost their confidence. The reason I would like to do the sponsored walk is because it will be a good chance to team up with a Heba women and encourage her to walk 10 km and feel good about the outcome. I believe I can support everyone in Heba and get the sort of support I need back from them. Working in Heba is amazing, I love helping out in the office and planning fundraisers, it makes me happy that I can use my personal skills to help others. I am hoping to gain more experience and skills and use it for the future. My dreams for the future are to have a permanent job and be independent and help other people who don’t have much experience and education.

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