Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people
Help disadvantaged Bengali children + young people

Art classes as we saw in the last report are considered an important part of a child’s education at the NLC school, and those who are talented are encouraged to attend extra classes. Alindra’s report last time referred to the fact that not all children are the same, thankfully, and some children’s talents lie in subjects that do not receive the same attention in the curriculum as the traditional academic ones, such as Art.

Here are some examples of the children’s artwork, and it is interesting to me how much information you can get from the picture about the way of life of the children and their families in Sarberia. The fisheries are an important employer for the childrens’ fathers, as the school is situated in West Bengal towards the Bay and therefore low-lying with lots of inland waterways. Fisheries and Brickmaking factories are the two main employers in the region. Carrying objects on one’s head would seem unusual to us but the women locally think nothing of carrying these large baskets full of provisions, which by the way appears to improve their posture rather than inhibit it!

What is heartening is to see the subtle changes that are occurring such as the young schoolgirl arriving home as her mother cooks, and the bin outside the school with the slogan, USE ME. These 2 are both advancements; girls going to school and looking after the environment. Both recognise the development of this extremely isolated area, but one that is benefiting from the vision of one man, Alindra Naskar, who has dedicated his retirement to raising the expectations and the potential of the local children, especially the girls.

Wouldn’t you like to support Alindra’s vision?

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Alindra Naskar writes about the importance of the arts in education, something that we would do well to heed in the UK!!

"Our project centre is located at an inland rural area on the Deltas of the Sundarbans, the Southern region of West Bengal.
Our objective is to enable the children from a traditional poor life status to have a better future. They are growing up in a natural environment on their most basic needs, as the majority of parents exist on a daily subsistence wage.
It is easier to identify the most gifted ones among all we take care of within our school.  We offer them free choice to practise what they like most in after school clubs! 

I am sending along a few photographs which may illustrate this; some children are attentive in practising the skill of art more than they learn in the regular syllabus of our education system.
We like to identify many more children who are talented in ways other than the traditional academic, and give them extra opportunities to develop and make life more rounded in their future careers.
The New Life Centre school functions on the ethos of 'Human Resource Development' for the least fortunate children and women of rural communities especially those who are poor.
We appeal for support and encouragement. We cordially invite any well-wisher to contribute to the continuing success of our school and Vocational Training Centre.
Regards and best wishes."

These photos show an after school Art club for the children who enjoy Art and are particularly talented and keen to improve.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

The great results of class X are convincing parents to leave their children at the NLC. It has been a challenge to keep the higher classes at the New Life Centre school for the Board Exams at age 16. Parents are often enticed by the Government school locally with the promise of a bicycle for the boys and money for a dowry for the girls. Consequently they are reluctant to take a chance on the NLC and prefer to take their children to the Government school despite the shocking statistics of failure rates there. In 2017, 2 students left in year IX to go to the Government school and did badly compared to those at the NLC. News travels fast in a village, and more parents are now leaving their children at the NLC for the Board exam. This bodes well for when Alindra will apply for Senior Secondary status as there will be a good number to move into the Sixth form. Class X pictured above scored excellent results in the December mocks. NLC students were in the top 20 out of 92 students who were sitting the exams in a local centre. The girls in the photo scored 80% on average. Pinky who is standing next to Alindra (front left), embodies the success Alindra imagined when he opened the school in 2005. The daughter of manual workers, Pinky is destined for a sixth form locally and then University. When we asked her in February 2018 what she would like to do as a career she replied ‘a teacher’. This is achievable thanks to the NLC and your support. 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Hand washing lesson
Hand washing lesson

Every year on 15TH October “Global Hand Washing Day” is celebrated in many countries around the world. We also celebrated this day by organizing a “Hand Washing Camp” with the small children of our school. Our objective is to develop this habit in their daily life. They enjoyed the camp throughout.

We taught them through posters and acting out. We taught them also to convey this message of what they have learnt in the school to their parents and friends.

Apart from organizing this camp we also conduct many other programmes on environmental sanitation, health and hygiene for parents on every last Saturday of the month and to the general public once a year on the school annual day on 22nd of December. The New Life Centre school covers not only health education, but also programmes on the values of an all-round education for children and family life.

We guide them also to go for proper treatment to a specialized doctor or a hospital when they are sick instead of being prey to a quack in the village.

We are very much looking forward to starting a mother and child health clinic at this remote village when necessary funds will be available.   

On the Hand Washing Camp day the following was covered:

Washing hands with soap and clean running water protects us from many harmful infections and saves life from deadly diseases. 

When should they wash their hands?

  • Before and after eating
  • After playing with pets and toys.
  • After using the toilet.
  • Before and after visiting someone who is sick.
  • After sneezing, blowing nose & coughing.
  • After touching a cut or open sore.
  • After playing with various articles outside

At the school we are privileged to have an appropriate water supply system from a 1000 ft. deep tube well. We pump water into an overhead tank and supply water through taps fitted over wash basins for drinking and washing purposes.

We taught the children HOW to wash their hands in 10 steps and explained through the poster and acting out (as seen in the photos)

This was a big step in building up the good habit of washing their hands; making them understand how important it is to practise this habit in daily life to maintain good health.

Clean hands!
Clean hands!
Hand washing poster
Hand washing poster
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
School assembly with flag-raising ceremony
School assembly with flag-raising ceremony

The New Life Centre family of students and staff enjoy celebrating important events throughout the year - such as the birthday of the Croatian priest who motivated Alindra to set up the school in Sarberia, Indian Teachers' Day and Independence Day.

The school day closest to Independence Day (15th August) begins with an assembly as you can see and the raising of the Indian flag to the National anthem. I love the Indian National anthem written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore in 1911. When I visit the school, most assemblies end with the anthem and I always make sure those visiting with me have the words to sing along. It is such a beautiful piece of music and the children sing it with pride.

This year, as part of the celebrations, the male staff played the older boys at football and as it is still in the monsoon season as you can see, a mud bath ensued! There is such a lovely sense of fun between the staff and students that they felt perfectly at home following the football with a swim in the pond in Alindra’s garden.                                                           

No one is left out in the celebrations at the end of the day, with all the staff enjoying some time together.

As a retired teacher I know only too well the benefits of engaging with the children you teach in an extra-curricular way as you then become a person to them and not just a figure of authority. It takes a good level of community to provide this and the New Life Centre capably demonstrates the care that the children receive in this extended family.

School can be fun too!

Football mudbath!
Football mudbath!
A welcome dip in the pond
A welcome dip in the pond
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Bridget Higginson
Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom
$17,508 raised of $29,880 goal
 
92 donations
$12,372 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.