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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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.
28 November, 2021
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Amidst continuing Covid -19 situation with the loss of earning opportunities social malice e.g. poverty, Child Labour, Child Trafficking all has increased among poorer populations of Sunderbans. Poor people here are more inclined to earnings for meeting their living expenses and also involve their children in earnings. The continuation of schools’ closure as per the Govt. circular has contributed to these practices substantially. In such context, our shelter home cum residential school for Children who already became or at the verge of becoming Child Labour has played a contributing role to prevent such practices. This is achieving a milestone. As formal classes are halted due to govt. circular no such major event has taken place. Yet studies continued along with regular nutritional support, health monitoring, little sports activity, artistry manifestations etc. went on under strict and caring mentoring of the staff of the shelter home cum residential school namely ‘Natun Alo’ The shelter home cum residential school is only of its kind in the entire South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. However, cases communicated through Govt. Departments, 24x7 child helpline Childline, Organizations and/or any individual citizen across South 24 Parganas District and Kolkata, the capital city of the state, are attained and children taken admitted thereby. 30 (All Boys- between the age group of 9-18 Years), who already became or at the verge of becoming Child Labour, Children are impacted. This financial supports being rendered to the wards of ‘Natun Alo’ residential school has contributed substantially to moving ahead to fulfil their dreams and aspirations of becoming successful in life. The amount covers the expenses regarding tuition fees, food and other related expenditures.
Challenges faced and next steps
Challenges faced: The continuing Covid -19 situation gravely impacted the wards and their families, who mostly are at the edge of sustenance with loss of livelihood resources. The Severe Cyclone “Yaas’ that with 130-140 KMPH speed, gusting to 155 KMPH has added the misery of Sunderbans people. The majority of Boys belong to marginalised families hail from various remote corners of Sunderbans. These situations contributed to the socio-psychological crisis in some wards and they went back to their families without any certainty of returning. The biggest challenge is to pass through fast-spreading Covid -19 with patience for normalcy is restored. Covid related hurdles:To date, none of the Wards or any of our staff became Covid-19 patients. Hence there was no risk factor involved in this regard. But the closure of Business Units/ Earning Avenues and restrictions imposed on the mobility of trains, buses etc. contributed to declining earning opportunities and thereby increase misery and poverty for the families of the wards. How did we overcome it:Ever since the Covid -19 situation started and earnings fallen down we extended our hands, with support from several national and international organizations, corporates etc. to support the marginalised families of our operational area including those of the families of wards. Yet the continuation of the pandemic is still impacting the earning opportunities of the families and people in the area around. Hence we are in want of supporting hands in this regard. Goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? Continuing present activities; Restoration of formal Classes based on developments under Covid -19 situation Special Exposure visit to the enrolled wards; Quiz & Painting Competition; Exhibition of their creations; Annual Sports; Special mentoring arrangements for grooming Arts & Craft Talents
Stories from the ground
Story of Akash : Akash joined the Residential School/ Shelter Home amidst lockdown and Covid -19 pandemic. His father is an Auto Rickshaw Driver. He married twice after his mother expired. But the ever-increasing expenses have Akash compelled to leave education when he was at too little age and join hands in earnings. He was a shy boy when joined in 2020. Within a year he becomes a Jolly Personality with improvements in studies. He loves operating computers, draw and playing outdoor games. The experience of continuing Pandemic made him thoughtful. He thinks to serve people and aspire to become the Police. Story of Shakil: Shakil’s father works as a contractual Night Guard in urban areas though manage to earn meagre. In a deep poverty situation, Shakil was on verge of becoming child labour to enhance family earning. While coming in contact with Sabuj Sangha personnel he was brought to the Residential School in the latter quarter of last year (2020). He is now gradually being attracted to studies. He likes the disciplined life here very much. His favourite personality is Cristiano Ronaldo – the famous Footballer. But he is deeply attracted by the uniformed Army men and aspires to be a Soldier when grows up.Story of Sankar: Sankar's father is a daily wager and his mother is a homemaker. The steep finance of the family pushed Sankar into earning activities. Sankar was found as a Child Labourer.Sabuj Sangha staff identified the family and help parents realize the value of education in his growth. Thus Sankar joined the programme in 2017. At present Sankar is staying in the School and steadily improving in their studies. He is now studying in 7th standard. Initially aggressive by nature Sankar experienced the prolonged Covid -19 and cyclone Amphan & Yaas too. He loves playing cricket and is a fan of M. S. Dhoni.
26 March, 2021
Natun Alo- A Ray towards Hope
Since March, 2020 last week with fast outbreak of Covid -19 nationwide and lock down declared all formal school activities were halted. All boys in the residential school exclusively meant for prevention of child labor namely- ‘Natun Alo’ continued to stay there under caring supervision of House Mother, Superintendent, Teachers and all other staff. This situation contributed to the apprehension and feeling of uncertainty among all wards of the school and put them in deep thought about life and about their own future. In such situation with around 200 Km. gale wind, severe super cyclone ‘Amphan’ made a devastating landfall on the very night of 20th May, 2020.
Thus the overall situation has contributed to a socio-psychological crisis, which resulted some of our wards went back to their families without any certainty of returning. However some new boys who became prey were enrolled.
During Amphan Cyclone we faced severe damages on our infrastructures, including parts of ‘Natun Alo’. However with support from different national & international we are gradually restoring to normal condition. The biggest challenge is to pass through the still fast spreading Covid -19 situations and waiting with patience for normalcy to be restored.
Other than formal school classes and some restrictions in outdoor games all routine activities continued- Studies, Prayer, Extra Curricular Activities, Indoor and Outdoor Games and so on. At present the School has 36 boys between the age of 8-17 Years who dream of strong future and with support from Sabuj Sangha trying and working hard for attaining the same.
5 August, 2020
Observation of World Children Day by Health Care workers to Children & Mothers at Rural Health & Training Centre
Observation of World Children Day by Health Care workers to Children & Mothers at Rural Health & Training Centre
We reached out to the impacted people at various remote corners of Coastal Patharpratima, Namkhana and Mathurapur II Blocks with our dedicated Health Team comprised of Band of Robust Professionals.
We also remained consistent at our efforts to extend support to Pregnant Women and Neo-natals with required ANC & PNC Services, services to the Children & Senior Citizens from impoverished families.
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|