Sponsor the grocery and medical care for poor senior citizens by Bani Mandir

Sponsor the grocery and medical care for poor senior citizens


Amiya regains her lost self-respect

Amiya Mondal is 72 years old. She lived in Khordanahala, a small village in West Bengal. Amiya always had a very hard life. She has one son. Even with the minimum family income they had, she managed to raise her son and get him married.

As days passed by, she lost her husband to age-related illnesses.

She became frail and unable to work anymore. She was fully dependent on her son. However, her son who was not earning much began to consider her as a burden. Her son and daughter-in-law couldn't even provide her with two meals a day.

She was mistreated by her son and his family every day. She was humiliated and depressed but didn't know what to do. She resigned herself to a fate of hunger, and illness.

It was then that the team from Bani Mandir noticed her and enrolled her in the /Sponsor-a Grand Parent' program.

As a member of the program,** Amiya received food, clothing and health care support**.

Amiya, being a mother decided to share everything she received from Bani Mandir with her son and his family. Seeing this, her son realized his mistake and was sorry for the way he treated his mother. He promised to take better care of her in the future

Amina also received counseling at Bani Mandir to help her cope with her depression. She was motivated to live and assured that she would be taken care of.

Amiya now lives with self-respect. The help of monthly rations and medical help she receives does not make her feel like a burden to her family.

Today, she enjoys a normal dignified life that she deserves at her age.

Your help can make many more seniors like Amiya live their golden years with dignity. You can donate for the monthly rations and medicines the destitute elderly. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


By donating to this program

You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Program Description

Bani Mandir runs a 'Sponsor-a Grand Parent' program to provide food and health support to the needy elderly in need.

One unit of donations to this program covers the cost of medical check-up and medicines including a hygiene kit, rations as well as administrative expenses for one senior citizen a month.

The staff and volunteers choose the beneficiaries based on surveys, with the help of the villagers and VDC based on the program's requirement and the village Panchayat's recommendation.

The first list of deserving elders was made in 2008, and this is regularly updated for new people while the people in the list continue to get support.

Every month, the beneficiaries come to the Bani Mandir office to collect their rations. If they are unable to due to fatigue or ill-health, the Bani Mandir staff delivers it to their doorstep.

Regular medical checkups at the camps in different villages are conducted for the members for preventive healthcare. They also have access to a doctor if required on non-camp days as well.

Their ration kit contains

Atta - Whole Wheat flour

Coarse rice


Cooking oil - 1-liter


Medicines are provided by prescription.

The number of beneficiaries that receive support depends on the donations. All donations are usually utilized within 2 months due to a large number of recipients.

When you donate to this program, you help destitute elderly citizens with access to food and essential medicines in their golden years.

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About The NGO

Bani Mandir
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Bani Mandir

The mission of the organisation is to look after destitute orphan children, poor school going children, and isolated elderly persons and to empower women by upgrading their socio-economic status.

A few local school teachers took the initiative to set up a platform where they could render help to poor and needy people in distress; thus Bani Mandir was established in 1945 August.

69-year-old Somendra Nath Mandal graduated from Calcutta University and has working for the poor since 1965. He became General Secretary in 1973. Almost all the developmental work done by Bani Mandir is in remote villages of West Bengal and through his efforts. He believes that service to the poor and helpless is the service to the nation.

Bani Mandir focuses on developing the potential of women and girls to drive long lasting equitable changes. They emphasize on promoting quality healthcare, inclusive education, gender equitable and sustainable livelihood opportunities, disaster relief and preparedness.

Their efforts are focused on fighting against underlying causes of poverty and ensuring a life of dignity for all women and girls from marginalized and vulnerable communities, especially among Dalits and Adivasis. Bani Mandir also works with the elderly by providing them nutritional support because they are largely ignored by their families.

In 2016, NGO was awarded the Award of project ASTITVA by the Helpage India Significant achievement in the services to the elderly persons.

No of rural youth helped for one year/six months computer training programme - 19

No of secondary students who received books - 942

No. of poor students who received tutorial support - 236

No of children below 5 years supported in 4 Creches -100

No. of elders who got free eye check up - 1136

No. of poor people assisted through Ambulance service - 215

No. of elders provided with Spectacle - 225

No. of children getting sponsorship for health, education, nutrition and family assistance - 1046

No of adolescent girls covered in 1 day health education & counselling - 140

No of poor elderly people covered in medical clinic - 851

No of orphan/needy children who received food & health care support - 1046

No. of elders helped for cataract operation and free spectacles - 123

No of pregnant woman who are supported with nutrition and health checkups - 24

No. of able elders who joined in elders ESHGs and benefited with Saving & Credit scheme - 791

No. of Women empowered through 378 SHGs - 4536

No of poor villagers who received a cycle rickshaw for a livelihood - 11

No of aged persons who are receiving monthly supply of grocery & medical care - 333

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Somendra Nath Mandal

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Nutrition | elderly

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

West Bengal

Bani Mandir has

provided quality healthcare to 851 poor senior citizens

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: NASSCOM Social Innovation

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Sponsor the grocery and medical care for poor senior citizens



Under considering of the rural helpless and destitute senior citizens of our local villages in our operational area, our Organization has come forward to stand by them for the development of senior citizens living under poverty. They are not only poor but also helpless. They badly need the grocery and medical care to rehabilitate in the main stream of the society.

To fulfill the noble mission, we have planned to help 500 such persons in our operational area. According to your approval of sponsorship programme for 36 persons, we have selected 36 persons out of 500 through proper verification from the operational area. Then a date was fixed and informed the beneficiaries and after taking all necessary documents with signatures, they are given benefits according to your rules and norms. In the period of April 2020 to December 2020 we have distributed the benefit through 162 units (FC -58 units + Non FC – 104 units) amongst 36 persons. The total amount of utilization in this period is Rs. 1,68,055.00 (FC – Rs. 59,947.00 + Non FC – 1,08,108.00). Materials was given per unit – 1) Lentil – 1 Kg., 2) Mustard oil – 1 Kg., 3) Dust wheat – 5 Kg., 4) Soyabean – 1 Kg., 5) Gram – 1 Kg., 6) Milk Powder(200 gram pack) – 1 Pack, 7) Flattened rice – 1 Kg., 8) Sugar – 1 Kg., 9) Sattu – 1 Kg., 10) Detergent powder – 3 Pack, Lifebuoy soap – 1 Piece.

5 July, 2020

Health is Wealth


Health is Wealth

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We have distributed the Grocery items to the 43 Senior Citizens (Male - 23, Female – 20) and Medical Care out of 300 Senior Citizens as per Give India’s approved items. As a result their Physical and Mental condition has been developed. They have got back to the main stream activities in the society.
Awareness Camps of Corona Virus COVID – 19 disease are being held in the different localities with Senior Citizens of our programme Organizing by BANI MANDIR, Guest lecturers :- Panchayat Pradhan, High School Teachers and notable persons of our area dated on 18, 19, 20, 21 March 2020 as subject below :-

Advisory on Social Distancing Measure in view of spread of COVID-19 disease

In addition to the proposed interventions, the State/UT Governments may prescribe such other measures as they consider necessary.

All these proposed interventions shall be in force till 31st of March, 2020. They will be reviewed as per the evolving situation.

The following interventions are proposed:

  1. Closure of all educational establishments (schools, universities etc), gyms, museums, cultural and social centres, swimming pools and theatres. Students should be advised to stay at home. Online education to be promoted.

  2. Possibility of postponing exams may be explored. Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students.

  3. Encourage private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.

  4. Meetings, as far as feasible, shall be done through video conferences. Minimize or reschedule meetings involving large number of people unless necessary.

  5. Restaurants to ensure handwashing protocol and proper cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables; encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.

  6. Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, postpone all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.

  7. Local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving large gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.

  8. Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no overcrowding/at least one metre distance between people.

  9. Local authorities to have meeting with traders associations and other stakeholders to regulate hours, exhibit Do’s and Don’ts and take up a communication drive in market places like sabzi mandi, anaj mandi, bus depots, railway stations, post-offices etc., where essential services are provided.

  10. All commercial activities must keep a distance of one meter between customers. Measures to reduce peak hour crowding in markets.

  11. Non-essential travel should be avoided. Buses, Trains and aeroplanes to maximize social distancing in public transport besides ensuring regular and proper disinfection of surfaces.

  12. Hospitals to follow necessary protocol related with COVID-19 management as prescribed and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.

  13. Hygiene and physical distancing has to be maintained. Shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting to be avoided.

  14. Special protective measures for delivery men/ women working in online ordering services.

  15. Keep communities informed consistently and constantly.

19 November, 2019

Happy to receive the grocery packages


Happy to receive the grocery packages

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Under considering of the rural helpless and destitute senior citizens of our local villages in our operational area, our organization has come forward to stand by them for the development of senior citizens living under poverty. They are not only poor but also helpless. They badly need the grocery and medical care to rehabilitate in the main stream of the society.

To fulfil the noble mission, we have planned to help 300 such persons in our operational area. According to your sponsorship programme, we have selected 4 persons out of 300 through proper verification. Then a date is to be fixed and informed the beneficiaries and after taking all necessary papers with signatures, they are given according to your rules and norms. We have planned 300 such persons for the next quarter.

Story from the field

Palash Mondal son of Rohit Mondal of Village – Khordanahala, Post – Sadhurhat, District – South 24 Parganas, PIN – 743504, belongs to a poor and needy family living below poverty line. He lives with his parents and wife in 2-room semi pucca building roofing with tiles. His father’s monthly income from day labour was Rs. 1500/-. With small income he anyhow maintained his family and he had to spend days in great economic hardship. Palash was then seven year old. He had to face mal-nutrition and want of proper study. That time he got a golden chance as a sponsor child of SAHAY Child Sponsorship Programme in Bani Mandir in 1989. Getting food and nutrition he was able to move forward and carry on his education smoothly. Having completed his education, he got a job in Bani Mandir under Self-Help Group. Now he took different kinds of training alongwith drama training from SAHAY Child Sponsorship Programme. Now he carries on a workshop on drama taking sponsor boys and girls of Bani Mandir. Now he has able to stand erect on his feet and able to change his family status. Now his family members are living peacefully and smoothly. Now Palash is a self sufficient and contented person. It would not be possible if SAHAY Child Sponsorship Programme does not stand by him through Bani Mandir. Now he expresses his hearty thanks and profound gratitude to Sahay Child Sponsorship Programme and Bani Mandir.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 300
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 4
Village/City/State where project is located Village - Khordanahala, City - Diamond Harbour, State - West Bengal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 312000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 4160