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A note from the Founding Director

Sinead Fox with two local women and BTS staff

Hi there- My name is Sinead Fox from County Cavan, Ireland. I am an environmentalist. In October 2001 I decided to go to India to do some development work. When I visited the Sundarbans Region I heard of the problem of Tiger and Crocodile Attacks on the local people. I carried out a survey of some 66 widows and it was apparent that they were very poor, destitute women, marginalised - on the edges of society.

In 2002 I registered the Tiger Widows Organisation as a group with charitable status in Ireland. All charitable organisations carrying out activities in the state are required to be registered with the Charities Regulator. All registered charities are required to report on their activities and finances to the Regulator on an annual basis.

We set out to raise money through various fundraising activities for the setting up of women's self-help-groups and for training in animal rearing (goats, hens, cows), vegetable gardening, nutrition, rice growing and needlework.

These skills make such a difference to the families of the Sundarbans. For example since 2012 we have provided training to almost 4,000 women in the Sundarbans region. The women are also involved in Womens Empowerment initiatives and learn about the importance of education for themselves and their families.

We are linked in with our partner in the field Digambarpur Angikar. They are an excellent organisation who have a pure heart for their community and especially in the area of womens rights, empowerment and creating a sustainable and safe future for their children.

Sustainable eco-development is a good approach in Sundarbans. It gives communities an alternative to life-threatening toil and it gives tigers a chance to co-exist on our planet.

Over the decade we have funded three partner organisations in Sundarbans who run Self-Help-Group Programs and we are now linked in with Digambarpur Angikar. They are an excellent organisation who have a pure heart for their community and especially in the area of womens rights, empowerment and creating a future for the children.

Sustainable eco-development is a good approach in Sundarbans. It gives communities an alternative to life-threatening toil and it gives tigers a chance to co-exist on our planet.

Sinead Fox with two local women and BTS staff

I wish to thank the following for their help and support in India and Ireland.

Thank You to...

Most of all I thank Jesus for direction, courage and support, for sustaining me in India especially. I thank those of His church who pray for me.

Families in Sundarbans who participate do not have to risk their lives by going into the forest. This is how we are...

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