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Ruma is now on her way to a better future

Ruma Naiya is an 8 year old girl who lives with her parents in an urban slum near Bidhan Nagar. Her father Susanta works as a rickshaw puller and her mother works as a domestic help. Ruma used to go with her mother for work. She had started working in houses to help her mom clean houses.

The volunteers of Turnstone Global conducted a survey in the colony. They identified Ruma during the survey. They counselled her parents to send her to school.

However, there was an initial reluctance from her parents. They refused saying that education was not important for Ruma as she is a girl. Furthermore, if she went to school, the income that she would earn as a domestic help would be lost to them

The volunteers did not lose hope. They continued to speak to her parents till they finally agreed to try it for a little while.

Ruma was a quick learner and she enjoyed coming to school. In a short while she began to read and write. She soon was placed in class 2 in the Turnstone Global school. This change in her levels of growth and education has had a huge positive impact on her parents.

Ruma's life changed when her parents who had once refused to send her to school, have decided that they will do anything for her to complete her education.

Her mother is determined that Ruma will grow up and work in an office and not work as a domestic helplike herself.

With a little help children like Ruma can break out of lives that force them into poverty.

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Program Description

Turnstone Global runs Vivekanandasahaj Path Vidyalaya, a non-formal primary school till class 8 for the children

Donations to this program covers the cost of teachers' salary, snacks and educational supplies.

Bashanti colony, adjacent to Ultadanga railway station, is one of the largest slums in Kolkata.

Most men in the slum work as working either as rickshaw pullers or as daily wage laborers. The women work as maids in apartments and residential complexes in neighboring areas.

Education was never a priority for the children of Bashanti Colony till Vivekanandasahaj Path Vidyalaya was opened. This school is situated inside the colony itself so that children do not have to travel.

Children between the age group of 4 to 18 years are identified through a field survey conducted in the project area. The parents are then counselled to enroll their children in a formal school so that they complete their education.

The session begins in March or April every year. The school operates from 2 pm to 6 pm for six days a week from Monday through Saturday.

There are 132 children who are now enrolled in the program. The Vivekanandasahaj Path Vidyalaya has not had any child drop out of this program

When you support this program you help a child with the foundation steps to his education.

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About The NGO

Turnstone Global
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Turnstone Global

Turnstone Global is a not for profit social enterprise working with relentless effort for the overall improvement of human lives, irrespective of age, gender, religious beliefs, cast, ethnic origin, birth place or disability status.

The organisation started in 1952, for the betterment of the lives of the visually challenged. Turnstone Global is headed by Dr. Kanchan Gaba, a 100% visually impaired lady, who fought against all odds to obtain her PhD in International Law and established herself as a lecturer of Calcutta University. Today, apart from being a lecturer, she is a social activist.

They work for the betterment of lives of the disabled, in particular, the visually impaired; to provide education, training with a view to rehabilitate them and improve their livelihood. A major focus area of the organisation is early intervention and prevention of blindness.

The scale of operations of Turnstone Global spans across eleven states, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, with more than two hundred gram Panchayats.

They have touched the lives of more than one million in the past decade. At any given point of time eleven thousand beneficiaries are under their care. Several hundreds of them reside permanently with them.

The organisation undertakes programmes and plans its activities based on field level in-depth analysis of the demography and socioeconomic condition of the project area. Their endeavour is to involve community based organisations directly in their project areas where they cater to project planning, phase to phase implementation, monitoring and constant evaluation.

Turnstone Global has been creating impact with a force of 250 staff, more than 500 volunteers and networking partners working in 11 states, 24 cities and 200 Gram Panchayats in India, with its headquarter in Kolkata, through over 62 programs and community-based services.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Kanchan Gaba

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Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Non Formal Education | children

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Location of Work
Location of Work

West Bengal

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: Late Sudhatai and Sadanand Varde Smruti Puraskar

2016: Certificate from Constituent Board of Quality Council of India

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Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Since 2013, Turnstone Global has been running a Non-formal school at Bashanti Colony, a slum adjacent to Bidhan Nagar railway station in the heart of Kolkata. Children within the age group of 4 to 16 are enrolled at this non-formal school. Presently, 276 children are enrolled here. Apart from regular subjects, students also receive lessons on drawing, singing and dancing. A nutritional tiffin is also provided to children. In the last academic year, number of students who completed education at this school have been admitted to regular schools.

Story from the field

Vrihaspati Paik, aged 10, is a student of grade IV at our non-formal school. Vrihaspati’s father Bakul is a van puller ferrying goods in the local market while her mother Shyamoli, works as a domestic aid in the hi-rise apartments of posh Ultadanga area. Together, they somehow manage to secure meals and some basic needs for the family.

Four years back, Vrihaspati was admitted in class I of our non-formal school at the age of 6. However, during the initial years, Vrihaspati’s parents were quite reluctant to send her to school. According to them, education of girl child is not that important. Right from the beginning, Vrihaspati has been consistently good in picking up class lessons. She is also among the toppers of her class. Besides studies, she is very keen in taking dance lessons conducted in the school during weekends.

Vrihaspati’s mother dreams that someday their child will become a young, educated girl and secure an office job instead of knocking from one door to another as a domestic aid like herself. Vrihaspati herself wants to become a teacher like her teacher-didi in the school and educate other girls of the slum area.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?276
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date276
Village/City/State where project is locatedKOLKATA, WEST BENGAL
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD910884.92

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