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


Mr Alindra Naskar’s visit to the UK this summer has resulted in 8 new sponsors for the school. This will have a long lasting effect on the school as a whole as the money more than pays for individual children, so everyone benefits.

A link with an engineering company, who paid for the building of separate toilets for the girls and boys of the school last year, was also strengthened as a result of the visit. Having met Mr Naskar face to face the board were moved to suggest that they could help to build a health care centre on the site of the school for the local villagers, who at the
moment are at the mercy of untrained ‘medicine’ men.

The school is growing rapidly with 71 new students this term, and soon the new classrooms will be full. If Mr Naskar wants to realise his ambition of secondary level schooling, then further building will need to be done.

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Mr Alindra Naskar, founder and Director of the New Life Centre in
Sarberia has just spent a month in England visiting old friends,
making new friends and spreading the good news about his beloved
school and Vocational Training Centre. Whether it was a small house
gathering, a Church group, school visit, or a high powered board
meeting, Mr Naskar's message was always the same and delivered from
the heart, 'How fortunate he had been in his life so now he was
giving back to his own community, so that they too could appreciate
the benefits of a good education'.

Men with vision like Mr Naskar are always looking for ways to improve the
lives not only of the children whose potential has yet to be
realised, but also the adults who have not had the benefit of a good
education, hence the VTC. As someone with a medical background, he is
also keen to provide Sarberia with a Health Clinic, where locals can
be treated inexpensively, but also learn about hygiene and good
health practice. He is concerned about the disaffected youth in the
village who have dropped out of the government schools, and therefore
organises youth gatherings to try to motivate them, as well as
providing picnics for the old people to gather and share their
concerns with one another.

Mr Naskar thoroughly enjoyed his time here and he was impressed at our
standard of living and our infinite choices in everything from food
to facilities to commodities. What impressed me when I visited
Sarberia was the close knit community and the way that a man like Mr
Naskar would use his entire retirement fund to finance his school,
and in cooperation with Hands Around the World, his VTC.

Why has our affluence resulted in a poverty of community spirit?
Hopefully this is a question the developing world will resolve, as
they too improve materially and economically.


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"We will never forget the smiling faces of the children, and them holding our hands. They are the reason we went and it was an honour to meet them all. I smile every time I think of them."

Rosie and I spent a wonderful month at the New Life Centre recently.

Agnes Naskar (the daughter) is an absolute delight and we really enjoyed getting to know her, cooking with her, and occasionally going for a walk with her. Her English is good and she loves learning new sayings and having a laugh.

Mr Naskar is a saint and has a heart of gold. This is evident when the children come to book into school at the beginning of term. The school fees are 100 Rupees per month (about £1-50). Many parents come to beg for him to take their children even though they cannot pay the fee, because they realise that the only way out of poverty for their children is through education. He will sit these parents down and talk to them at length. He learns all about them and acts as a counsellor, helping them with all sorts of problems, and he always takes the child into the school even if they can't pay. Even if he later finds out that the parent could have paid, he does not throw the pupil out, because his attitude is "Why should the child be penalised because the father is at fault?" He is however no pushover, and pity that parent when next term's registration takes place!

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