Founder and Chair
Sabia graduated from University of London having read Law whilst working full time as a para-legal. Her passion for justice manifested itself with her work an an Immigration Officer & an EC Member with the Home Office Network for Ethnic Minorities. She relentlessly continues her work to help those in need here and in Bangladesh. She is a community leader and also a treasurer for another charitable organisation based in Croydon.
Sabia believes Bangladeshi women lack a voice in society, thus founding Chameli, to provide much needed guidance and support in many issues, predominantly in domestic violence and abuse.
Her aim is that women empower other women to bring about life changes, to remove the stigma attached in reporting such abuse and to stop silent suffering.
Senior Case Worker
Noreen has worked for United Kingdom Border Force since 1999 as an Immigration Officer & has now retired.
Noreen’s discovered her passion to support and empower the community during her involvement supporting ethnic minorities working with charitable organisations; All Pakistani Women Association & also being an Urdu, Punjabi & Mirpuri interpreter for UKBF. Currently she is supporting female victims of Domestic Violence in the Midlands area.
Noreen's vision is to continue to support those women seeking help in anyway with an aim to better their future with confidence and success.
Senior Case Worker
Jolika is a proud mother of four children, and a grandmother to four beautiful individuals. She was born in Sheffield and settled in Croydon after getting married in 1985. She managed to do all her studies whilst bringing up a young family at the time. She attended Roehampton University and has worked in the education sector since 1999.
Since 2005, Jolika has been working in a secondary school in Croydon. She enjoys inspiring and motivating young people to learn more about the physical world around them and how the environment develops and changes.
She has inspired and motivated young people to shape and develop their careers through education. She has a vision to continue to support and help people within the community suffering from abuse which leads to her joining Chameli.
MEET THE TEAM
Sharin is an Apprentice Journalist for The Times, currently on maternity leave for her firstborn. She has written pieces on Education, Beauty, and Fashion. She established the Muslim Network at News UK, one of the first of its kind in the media industry.
She was a Fashion Journalism graduate who created a magazine focused on the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities called Unveiled.
She joined Chameli to help empower women in the Asian community and find their voice and strength to protect themselves and other loved ones.
Treasurer & Caseworker
Shabana is an experienced accounting professional. After graduating from university she has been working in the world of finance for the past 8 years. Shabana specialises in management accounting and loves to travel.
Her passion is to help businesses thrive and grow. She also takes pride in helping people less fortunate.
Shabana has a keen interest in working with women suffering from domestic violence. She believes these women have a right to live free from fear and abuse. Her aim is to give back their independence and support them in bettering their futures.
Head of IT
Saiyid holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in eCommerce from Brunel University, he has over 15 years’ experience working in IT and is now responsible for a team of Presales Engineers. He works with all verticals including charitable organisations worldwide, emphasising the need for cyber security.
His passion to serve the community has seen him on the beat as a Police Officer for the London Metropolitan Police Service and more recently raising awareness of domestic abuse in our community.
Yasmin came to the UK in 2011 with little knowledge of the English language having lived in Bangladesh. She has strived hard in all aspects of her life to establish herself here in the UK and now enjoys a fulfilling life. She is now a mother of three and currently volunteers as an assistant swimming teacher for a local primary school.
Yasmin has a wealth of experience in the events industry and has worked as an events manager for several years before becoming a full-time mum. Her passion for cooking has led her to create a small but very rewarding dessert/snack business. She joined Chameli to support and help make a positive difference for women and children who are suffering from domestic violence and abuse.
Events Manager & Caseworker
Halima has had extensive experience in the events sector; planning and managing events ranging from small intimate meetings to large-scale events.
She is now dividing her time between studying, bringing up her 4 small children, teaching Arabic at Saturday school, and fulfilling her role at Chameli. Prior to dedicating her time to raising her family, Halima had a successful career in Banking and The Civil Service. She has a talent for applying empathy whilst absorbing complex information and delivering tailored solutions according to every individual circumstance.
Hana is a second generation British born Bengali, having being born and raised in Croydon, Hana understands the sensitivities of cultural traditions and is able to overcome taboo issues.
Hana has an academic background in IT and Business, she is a business manager in the Motor trade. She has recently become a proud mother to a lovely little boy, which has given her drive and passion for helping others.
She participates in private fundraising for orphanages in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she meets a broad range of people from various walks of life. These engagements enable her to make a positive difference for individuals.
Hana’s vision is to make a positive difference by supporting individuals in the community and believes that the difference we make today encourages the change for our youth tomorrow.
Shofna was born and raised in East London, and is fully aware of the cultural needs within the community.
She have been involved in my local community in many ways over the years as being a parent governor, helping a close circle of members in the community with language difficulties, and encouraging them in taking part in activities like gardening, textiles design & fashion, beauty skincare and health and fitness. These activities have helped many women to developed self-esteem and confidence.
She thoroughly enjoy helping others and it gives me a great sense of achievement and fulfilment when I know my efforts have had a positive impact on others.
She is interested in being a part of the Chameli Women’s Organisation as I believe through the organisation I can provide further valuable help and support to those women in need and are victims of Domestic Violence.