Feb 11, 2020

Combating Cyclone Bulbul's Impacts: Pond Restoration initiatives, trainings and Ruipada*

Lone widows with Relief Materials
Lone widows with Relief Materials

As reported in the last report on January, 2020 the people who are deeply impacted by the devastating very severe cyclone Bulbul at the coastal areas of South 24 Parganas district are now gradually restoring to normalcy.

Sabuj Sangha at its firm determination remained consistent in supporting the deeply impacted people through various trainings by groups of experts and expert agencies and support as far possible to help them re-build their opportunities for a normal healthy living and livelihood avenues. Thus a number of Farmers, Fishermen, Students, Lone widows all are being supported till they became self reliant and self sustained.

They are still being supported with essential commodities to fight out the chilling winter under broken roofs and mundane living. Thus they are still being provided with tarpaulins, blankets, buckets, food kits etc.

Those whose Ponds and Pisciculture are being fouled at the vast landfall of Bulbul cyclone on 9th November, 2019 and subsequent large tree trunks fall are gradually coming to a position to normal living and livelihood. They are being trained on cleaning the Pond Water, Restoring fast producing Pisciculture as well as training on utilising the Pond embankments for fast producing Cultivation Land, namely together can be called- Pond Based Integrated Farming (PBIF). Thus people who possessing Ponds and were involved in small scale Pisciculture are being benefitted.  

One such a case story is narrated below:

Mr. Ruipada Maity* a resident of remote Banashyamnagar village under Patharpratima administrative block sustains his family through cultivation of Crops in the small piece of land and Fish at the adjacent Pond. His wife helps him in and out both at home and in cultivation. They have two sons- the elder one Tiklu* pursuing Graduation with Honors in History from Pathar Maha Vidyalaya. To support his own study related expenses he earns a few bucks through providing tuitions to the children in the vicinity.

Being a Farmer Mr. Maity* never witnessed such frightening and devastating night in his experience. The gale wind of severe cyclone Bulbul shattered the family at remises. In his own words, “I was completely alright in my little world of Cultivation & Pisciculture. I was nourishing my dreams to bring up my children slowly and with an aspiration of a brighter tomorrow. The 9th November night left us nowhere. It spoilt all my almost ripen crops – fowled the Pond water – leaving the cultivated fishes dead. I was thinking to shift to Delhi to look for a sustainable livelihood.”

At reaching the village the Sabuj Sangha relief team first supported them with immediate relief materials like Tarpaulins, Blankets, Food Materials, Women’s Dignity Kits etc. Later they kept on counseling him to restore to his own cultivations at his own village. They remained in consistent touch with him and people alike. With the collaborative efforts with the Sabuj Sangha team Mr. Maity* started purifying the Pond water with Lime & Bleaching which were provided. With support from expert agencies and personnel they were trained on scientific Pisciculture, Fish seedlings were also provided. He was also given training on Vermi- Compost generation- provided with saplings of Fruits which could be planted along the embankments of the Pond.

Thus now Mr. Maity* has restored back to his normal daily routine. In deep gratitude he says, “When I was thinking that all dreams were at end Sabuj Sangha brought me to my world again. The lessons that I acquired through the experience I will try to give it to my younger generations. I am so thankful to Sabuj Sangha.”      

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

 

APPEAL

We appeal all friends, aquantances and those who really wish that the ill fated Bulbul cyclone affected coastal people come back to normalcy please share your hands in the very essential and urgent initiative. 

Please join us in our efforts to stand by the people of Coastal Bulbul affected areas of West Bengal. 

Senior community members with Relief Materials
Senior community members with Relief Materials
Training: Pond Restoring & Integrated Farming
Training: Pond Restoring & Integrated Farming
Field training Pond Restoring & Integrated Farming
Field training Pond Restoring & Integrated Farming
Ruipada* with his wife at his homestead Pond
Ruipada* with his wife at his homestead Pond
Feb 10, 2020

Health Team gets Tears & Smiles in deep gratitude

Young pregnant at the OPD of Rural Health Centre
Young pregnant at the OPD of Rural Health Centre

Sabuj Sangha’ remained persistent to reach out the communities in remote villages of vastly spread Sunderbans under with various activities who are still deprived of basic amenities education, employment, health etc. and continued to live at the mercy of destiny. Coupled with this deprivations Nature’s sudden fury often make their lives miserable. In such circumstances Sabuj Sangha’s robust health team continued reaching out them with regular health camps at remote locations and services through their established Rural Health Centre at remote Nandakumarpur village namely ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’. Thus they continue the services through the Community Health Programme.

Worthy of mentioning that ever since the devastating severe Cyclone Bulbul made a landfall in the vast areas of Sunderbans on 9th November, 2019 Sabuj Sangha consistently making their health services reached out the affected communities under Namkhana, Mathurapur II and Patharpratima blocks of coastal South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India.

Also the routine services of community health care continued.

Health care service through OPD at Rural Health Care Unit – ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’

OPD clinics at ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ remained operational and treatment including diagnostic services continued during January, 2020. The trend diseases observed during the month was common cough & cold, fever, eye related problem, gastroenteritis, hypertension, ache in bone joints, complications due to high sugar, respiratory trouble, abdominal pain, skin infection etc. During January, 2020 total 603 patients received health care facilities.  

Diagnostic cares provided:

-        Pathology: 235

-        ECG: 10, 

-        USG: 44 and

-        X-Ray: 26

Health care services through IPD

Through IPD general patients as well as patients through Govt. Health schemes were treated and institutional deliveries conducted. During January-2020, the number of persons provided health care in IPD through RHTC are as follows:

-         IPD Delivery: 2

-         Others: 8

Health services through Outreach Health Camp

Health checkup & treatment facility with medicinal support & diagnostic care through outreach camps were provided to people, which benefitted people to a large extent. It has been noticed that; the people are gradually being conscious to take care of their health and as such, patient’s flow increased. The type of diseases treated was same as mentioned under OPD services. During January, 2020 - 873 patients were treated through outreach camps.

Case Story

Now pregnant Mrs. Suchitra* Dalui lives with her husband Mr. Krishna* Dalui and family at remote Herambagopalpur village of Patharpratima block in South 24 Parganas district. Mr. Dalui is a daily wage labourer in closely located bricks field to sustain his family expenses. Sumitra also shares hand with her husband in earning sustenance.

She got married at a very tender age of 16 (sixteen) testifying the fact of prevalent child marriage trend in the area. When she was found to be pregnant her hemoglobin level was 10.2gm/dl with a height of 142 cms. At such low hemoglobin level and being pregnant at such young age she was identified and as belongs to Risk Motherhood Category by the community health worker of Sabuj Sangha while visiting her house. Thus she was taken under observation by the Sabuj Sangha health team. She was continuously monitored by the Community Health Workers and was provided with essential consultation, medicines and supplementary micro nutrients through the Antenatal Care (ANC) camps.

At the most shocking course of incident even during pregnancy she was being forced to go for laborious works to ensure the earnings. When she denied obeying such dictum she was forcedly separated from her family.

In such circumstances only Sabuj Sangha’s consistent monitoring and acre remained as Suchitra’s* only ray of hope. The Sabuj Sangha health team now in consistent touch with her providing her all care and support she requires at such tender period of motherhood. She is being provided medicines, doctor’s consultations supplementary foods etc. free of any cost.

At deep gratitude Suchitra* says that she is extremely lucky to have such affection and care from Sabuj Sangha. Felt with tears in her eyes she expressed her indebtedness to the organisation.

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

IPD Patients under Govt. Scheme being registered
IPD Patients under Govt. Scheme being registered
Adolescent Health Checkups
Adolescent Health Checkups
Senior Citizens at que for Medicines
Senior Citizens at que for Medicines
Bulbul cyclone affected people for medicines
Bulbul cyclone affected people for medicines
Suchitra* awaits for her child to born
Suchitra* awaits for her child to born
Feb 10, 2020

Srabana* steady at her pursuit to be a Computer Engineer and also a Singer

Srabana* with her grandmother before their house
Srabana* with her grandmother before their house

'Srabana* is a 14 years old girl hails from remote Nandakumarpur village under Nandakumarpur Gram Panchayat of Mathurapur II administrative block in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. She studies in 10th standard at the Nandakumarpur High School. Both of her Father Mr. Nityagopal* and Mother Mrs. Rupali* work as peon and sweeper respectively in the same school she studies, i.e. Nandakumarpur High School and earns around INR 7000.00- 10000.00 altogether. Srabana* stays with her parents and grandmother together in a semi pucca house at Nandakumarpur village.

Srabana* is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme at the Nandakumarpur Nayantara Centre since 2017. She has been a good student since the very beginning. She has exhibited her excellence in all her examinations. She has scored quiet well in the last annual decisive examination of 9th standard. Right now she is studying in 10th standard and preparing for scoring better in the 10th standard final examination by the West Bengal Board of Secondary education – ‘Madhyamik Pariksha’. She is going to appear for the Madhyamik Pariksha next year i.e. 2021.

Srabana* maintains a strict discipline for betterment in studies. She also has deep interest in Music and Computers. She is learning Vocal Music since quiet a few years. She also aspires to pursue higher studies in Computer Engineering and become a Computer Engineer.

Srabana’s parents both are from humble origin and struggles hard to sustain their expenses. Earlier they had issues with Srabana’s studies. They used to think her to be got married as early possible. They didn’t believe that a girl can even do better in studies and pursue her dream career and the life they aspire.

But with consistent efforts of persuasion on essentiality of studies in a child’s growth by the Nayantara team, the trainings and interactions at regular intervals and after witnessing the consistent progress made their daughter they have changed their views of life. Now they believe that even girls can do as better, if not more, as a boy. They now aspire to see their girl become successful in reaching all her dreams.

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

Sabuj Sangha’s relentless effort to empower the adolescent girls belonging to marginalized vulnerable communities is now running 4 years. We are grateful to all those who continued supporting the Noble Cause of empowering the Adolescent Girls in the remote corners close to the forest infested Sunderbans. The support you made are utilized for their education, nutrition, trainings etc. to make them more self sufficient and build their dream career.

This efforts are also creating a bunch of girls who are acting as catalyst and watch dog oh the community who are fighting against the social menaces of Child Marriage, Girl Child ignorance, Exploitation in various ways etc.

Yet we need to walk miles to reach our target of attaining thousands such girls in the remote villages. We direly need your support more & more in this regard. Please also tell your friends and spread the message for the needs of empowering such girls who have every possibility to bloom to be as responsible persons in the society.

Srabana* at studies in their house courtyard
Srabana* at studies in their house courtyard
Srabana* (2nd from left) with library card
Srabana* (2nd from left) with library card
Srabana* (2nd from left)  and her Nayantara mates
Srabana* (2nd from left) and her Nayantara mates
 
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