Nov 2, 2020

Sankar* waits to see his school open and better times ahead...

Sankar* with hope for better tomorrow...
Sankar* with hope for better tomorrow...

We are running the model school in deep Sunderbans - 'Kishalaya Sishu Siksha Niketan' since around a decade now.

This effort was initiated to arrest the widespread trends of being dropped out, early marriage and other such social malice in abundance which are pushing children from poor families in remote Sunderbans villages in becoming prey to those.

Thus majority of our students are from marginalized poor families who never dreamt of having education in a Model School-meant to afford quality education from little kids of marginalised poor families with joyous learning experience. We had initiated several extra-curricular activities along with the regular school curriculum to enrich the students’ education in holistic manner we have classes for computers, gardening, practical lessons in field, knowing nature close with Herself and many more.

But all our efforts are facing extreme challenge with outbreak of Covid -19 Pandemic and closure of classes as per the Government Directives since end of March, 2020. All our school activities halted since then. Yet we continued keeping in touch with all our students through Home visits and E- Classes by creating WhatsApp.

Also the devastating cyclone ‘Amphan’, which made devastating landfall on 20th May, 2020 had impacted the livelihood resources of poor marginalised families’ here- who sustain on daily wages and allied activities in Agriculture and Fish Trade (both catching & selling).

Majority students of the Model School hail from such vulnerable marginalised poor families. Today we are sharing the story of a Boy from such vulnerable family who are at deep uncertainty now.

Case Story

6 years old little Shankar*hasnever seen such uncanny that he is experiencing since the Pandemic Covid-19 outbreak. And the deadly Cyclone ‘Amphan’ that made devastating landfall with around 200 Km/hour speed on 20th May, 2020 kept him mum-shut.

Hailed from a very poor marginalised family Shankar* has been student of Model School run by Sabuj Sangha – ‘Kishalaya Sishu Siksha Sadan’ since he is a little kid. His father is a Daily Wage Labourer. Affording quality education that too in a Model School is almost impossible dream for him. Both he & his wife are in deep gratitude with tears of joy for having such a Model School for their child.

The model school is an attraction for Shankar* since very beginning, from where he stores all joy of friendship, performance (Dance, Song, Yoga etc.), playing various games, learning different subjects under close mentoring of caring Trainers & Teachers.

Since closure of the School, under lockdown directives for fast spreading Covid-19 pandemic, Shankar* is in deep morose. He is now missing his school ambience, energising learning activities and above all the friends.

Being daily wage labourer in Agricultural activities Shankar*’s father Mr. Rupankar* is almost without earning and sustain on others help now. The reliefs received from Sabuj Sangha and some great hearted individuals around, remained the means of sustenance for the family now. In such situation they had almost given up hopes for themselves neither for the studies of their only child.

Yet Shankar* with her young fresh mind still waits to see his school open and better times to come.  

* Names of all individuals altered to maintain safety & privacy. 

 

PLEDGE MADE

Since very beginning of Covid -19 Pandemic and also with devastating Amphan we from 'Sabuj Sangha' sup[port these famileis with immidiate relief as well as to restore to a normal dignified living. Thus we continued reaching out with kind hearted support from some philanthropists all the poor families of our enrolled students and also many more with Dry Rations, Shelter Materials etc. That helped those families at least for a few days.

But they need much more such support.

APPEAL

Please.... Help little vulnerable & poor children from riverine Sunderbans deeply impacted by both continuing Covid-19 pandemic and devastating Amphan

A little help from many can bring a Positive Change together- The helpless Families, the children all are waiting for such ray of hope.

Sankar* in studies .... with his Mother
Sankar* in studies .... with his Mother
Sankar* with parents before their house
Sankar* with parents before their house
Nov 2, 2020

Health Service persistent even among amidst Covid- 19 pandemic

Drawing Circles to maintain distancing
Drawing Circles to maintain distancing

Maintaining all directives issued by Govt. of India as well as Government of Wet Bengal of maintaining social distancing and other pertinent rules of personal protection to avoid unwanted contamination of the fast spreading Coronavirus while continuing Health Services among too hard to reach severely marginalised communities of Forested Birpara- Madarihat block of Alipurduar district.

We are deeply indebted to National Health Mission (NHM) and Health Department- Govt. of West Bengal to retain the consortium in these noble essential efforts with facilities like free doctor’s consultation, medication, counseling, pathological diagnostic cares, reference for further treatments, arrangement to send critical cases to better health institutions, reference, referral cases to the govt. hospitals etc.

The hard to reach now closed 6 closed tea garden areas are:

  1. Dhumsipara Tea Garden
  2. Hantapara Tea Garden 
  3. Garganda Tea Garden 
  4. Birpara Tea Garden 
  5. Dimdima Tea Garden and
  6. Tulsipara Tea Garden 

We continue to organize multiple medical camps at each of the locations so that all patients can be taken into complete health care observation and required follow ups. The commonly seen health issues in these areas are Cold, Fever, Gynaecological Problems, Hypertension, Anaemia etc. From the remotest corners of these areas ailing people thus avail these services to their close proximity.

Special care services of pregnant mothers through different kinds of tests, like-HIV, Haemoglobin, Blood group etc. and providing medicines following the doctor’s advices continued to be catered. Health issues related to increasing age and/or adolescence are also treated.

In the period between April- September, 2020 we organized 125 such Medical Camps and served 10,190 Patients by experienced Doctors. Out of which there are 475 cases are of reproductive health. Around 2113 Diagnostic tests were made. 406 Patients are sent to Govt. Hospitals as referral cases which cannot be addressed in the Camps.

We are greatly indebted to those who continued to support us in the noble initiative to reach out and serve the earlier unreached people.

We hope that this support would be continued for reaching out more un-reached people who are still deprived of the basic services of Health required essentially. 

Please keep on communicating all your friends and acquaintance for extending their support and join our hands in the initiative which needed to be continued for the most misfortune ailing people in remote Alipurduar, West Bengal, India.

At queue maintaining distance
At queue maintaining distance
Registration of Names
Registration of Names
Basic Queries by Health Staff
Basic Queries by Health Staff
Consulting Doctor maintaining the distance
Consulting Doctor maintaining the distance
Senior Citizens at Que
Senior Citizens at Que
Receiving Medicines
Receiving Medicines
Nov 2, 2020

Bhabani* dares to build her own future own future... come over all bad times.

Bhabani* determined to earn... a better tomorrow
Bhabani* determined to earn... a better tomorrow

Social malice like early marriage, being dropped from education, early motherhood, confinement by male dominance is still a prevalent feature in remote Sunderbans, especially among the vulnerable poor families. Also following the age-old misconception and Superstition the major portion of the Food is given to the Male members and female take the left over as their part. This leads low nourishment/ malnutrition and allied health problems severely.

In order to prevent the trends of social evils here, Sabuj Sangha endeavoured an initiative to empower the adolescent girls by establishing holistic Non-formal educare centres at different remote villages. There besides being mentored in formal education they are also receiving training for Dance and Art & Craft, orientation on health & personal hygiene – all such lessons a girl need to have during adolescence for a brighter tomorrow.

Girls under this initiative belong to extremely marginalised poor & vulnerable families. With the continuing Covid -19 Pandemic, lockdown and the Cyclone Amphan these families are in terrible crisis of livelihood recourses. Within our limited capacity and support from various humanitarian organisations though we could arrange a little amount of Food Materials, Hygiene and Shelter Materials but they need much intense support to restore to normalcy.

Today we are going to share story of such a poor, marginalised family where a young adoloscent girl  Bhabani* who even being beaten by the irony of poverty and nature's whims dares to dream come over all scares and build a stromng future for herself and her family.

17+ years old Bhabani* from remote Kailashpur village in deep Sunderbans of South 24 Parganas now studies in 11th standard in the closely located Govt. Higher Secondary School. Though attentive to studies yet she is loaded with the circumstances they are facing extreme critical condition with Covid-19 outbreak and Amphan. Her father is a fish trader and also cultivates seasonal vegetable in the small tract of land they have. Thus with a very meagre monthly earning of around INR 2500.00 they sustain in extreme hardship.

Bhabani* has been a member of Sabuj Sangha’s empowerment & grooming initiative since around 3 years. With the training, mentorship has been receiving she has already decided to be self-reliant and probably a Dancer in future.

In the continuing Covid -19 Pandemic and Post Amphan Situation they are facing a deep uncertainty on what to do next….

We need to reach many other such vulnerable adolescent girls falling prey of gender discrimination and subsequent consequences. Support is also required highly for their families too. They need the support to restore their livelihood options and get back to normalcy.

Appeal

Help the vulnerable adolescent girls from poor marginalised families, of coastal and riverine Sunderbans impacted deeply by continuing Covid-19 pandemic situation and Cyclone Amphan, build their own future…. 

Your small help may help the vulnerable adolescent girls from deep remote Sunderbans live a life of dignity and self-reliance. Please come forward... for these girls…who longing to see a see a better tomorrow….

* Name of all individuals altered for maintaining privacy& safety

Before their hut with parents
Before their hut with parents
 
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