Making bamboo fishing traps
Alindra Naskar, the founder and Director of the New Life Centre school, is always looking for ways of helping the local community improve their working and living conditions. Life for the majority of parents in the school is very much based on a subsistence daily wage for manual labour. The two local industries are brickmaking and fishing as this is a low lying area near the Bay of Bengal and therefore abundant with ponds.
At the beginning of lockdown there was a disastrous cyclone and many locals lost their houses making it essential therefore to earn money to repair or replace their homes. Alindra came up with this idea of bamboo fishing traps, which he himself made in his childhood. As this was the monsoon period also it meant that manual labour was curtailed and so it was important to find alternative sources of income.
As you can see many families have been helped by this cottage industry. The traps cost about £3.50 in bamboo, which Alindra supplied so that people could get started. The take up has been significant and this has enabled villagers to continue to earn over the wet season and provide income for the repairs and rebuilds so many need.
As enterprising as ever Alindra not only educates the children in this impoverished area but also has once again provided the villagers with a sustainable form of income. Wouldn’t you like to support this ingenious individual in the work he undertakes in this poorest of areas?
Bamboo fishing trap for lime fish
Making the traps
A growing cottage industry
Families working on the traps together