From the verge of becoming a child laborer, Bilash now looks forward to an educated future
*Bilash Naiya lost his father when he was a little child. His mother, Pratima works as domestic help to make ends meet. *
She had to travel all the way to Kolkatta for work. This left Bilash alone at home for long periods of the day with no one to take care of him. She worked really hard to take care of the house, but their income was still not enough to send him to school. With no hope left, she agreed to send Bilash to work as a child laborer.
It was then that she came to know of the Sabuj Sangha residential school.
She approached the school and expressed her distressing situation. She requested for help so that Bilash could get an education.
Bilash was admitted to the Model School and also to the residential home. This saved him from his life of poverty and rescued him from being sucked into child labor.
Bilash soon started loving his school. He enjoyed learning, and his teachers recognized that he has great potential.
He is now in high school and is good at academics. He also writes poetry and paints well. Bilash also takes part in all the cultural programs of the school.
His mother is pleased to see her son has an opportunity to grow with support and guidance.
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About The Program
What the beneficiary gets
Sabuj Sangha runs a residential school for 50 children for boys in the South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
Donations to this program will cover the cost of food, medicines, toiletries, administrative expenses, the salary of cook and supervisor for one child.
The purpose of the residential center is to provide education to children while ensuring they have a safe, fun and enjoyable environment to grow-up into responsible citizens of the country.
The majority of children are first-generation learners who have never gone to school or are dropouts. In addition to this, some of the children are child laborers who work and live in very poor conditions. The center ensures two meals a day for all the children. All children enrolled in the school stay at the center.
They live in the residential center until they complete their school education and have reached the age of 16 years. After which they are sent to Government-run schools for the continuation of their higher education.
Sabuj Sangha is supported by the Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India for the remuneration of teachers and food for the children.
When you donate to this program, you become the reason for poor children get access to a good education that can help them with opportunities for a better future.
About The NGO
22 July, 2019
‘Sabuj Sangha’ runs a Residential School meant for prevention of Child Labour- ‘Natun Alo’ at Nandakumarpur village of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. The school provides Education to children at the verge of or had become child labourer. Education, Nutrition and Health Care are integral part of this programme. Necessary health support at ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ (Rural Health Centre of ‘Sabuj Sangha’) as and when required to all 35 wards. Extracurricular activities like sports/ crafts & arts etc. for good physical and mental wellbeing. Boys are also made engaged in preparing cultivation fields helping abridge theoretical with practical knowledge.
With the start of new academic year and fresh enthusiasm regular studies were in Full Swing during the period between January, 2019 - March, 2019.
Annual Sports of 'Kishalaya Sishu Siksha Niketan', where the majority of the wards are enrolled for study from Standard I- VIII, was held on 26th January, 2019. 'Natun Alo' boys have exhibited their excellence in different sports segment- Road Race, Long Jump, Short Run, Relay Race, Cock Fight etc. Altogether 13 wards of 'Natun Alo' won first 3 (1st, 2nd and 3rd) position in different events of sports.
The boys constituent improving their skills and creativity in drawing, school gardening and several other craft works besides studies. They faced natural challenges of calamity due to storm and consistent rain during February, 2019 in school gardening and restored the School Garden in its normal look with hard labor and sincere dedication.
The Boys were taken to an educational exposure trip to Zoological Garden and Victoria Memorial in Kolkata City on 15th March, 2019. Th trip was accompanied and guided by Project Coordinator and House mother.
Story from the field
Asadul Khan, a boy of 13 years from Bodra village in Bhangar I block of South 24 Parganas District in West Bengal, was rescued by the members of national children helpline - ‘Childline’ (partnered by Sabuj Sangha’) about a year back while working as child labour at a tea stall. Asadul have two other siblings from his step mother. One of his uncles tried to resolve the child’s problems of being a labourer. Thus Asadul’s uncle got him admitted to the Residential School meant for prevention of Child Labourer run by ‘Sabuj Sangha’. His father though allowed him to stay here doesn’t have any interest about him.
Thus, almost at a state of being guardian less Asadul found his home at the Residential School and gradually restoring to normalcy. He is remarkably progressing in his studies and other extra-curricular activities with care taken by the teachers and House Guardians Sabuj Sangha.
Asadul was ailing by Hyperglycemia, malnutrition and cataract problem at his right eye. With regular health checkup and medications all health problems are now in control. He is under regular supervision of Doctors at ‘Sabuj Sangha’s own Rural Hospital i.e. ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’. The house guardians are always alert about Asadul’s health and grooming. Besides studies he has growing interest in sports. He likes to read books and draw.
Asadul aspires to grow fast and establish his own identity by doing an honorable job and earn a good amount to sustain him and his family.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||35|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||35|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Village: Nandakumarpur, Block: Mathurapur II, District: South 24 Parganas (at Sunderbans), West Bengal|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||2239600|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||2010256|