"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme

by Sabuj Sangha
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"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
"Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme
Jubilant -successful in resisting a Child Marriage
Jubilant -successful in resisting a Child Marriage

Even amidst the long and still continuing Covid-19 Pandemic and devastations by 'Yaas' Cyclone that made cataclysmic landfall left a long lasting impact in our operational areas of coastal and riverine Sunderbans we remained steady in consolidating our efforts to build the future generations here prepared and befitting for all future struggles. 

Our endeavour to empower and capacitate adolescent girls- ‘Nayantara’ also thus continued. With time and pace Nayantara Girls are now becoming more confident with their studies and involvement with various activities that helping grow leadership qualities among themselves.

Thus, for the enduring Pandemic and Yaas the Nayantara Girls have now come forward to stand by the severely impacted people here. They are moving out in the communities to make them sensitize on Preventive Measures for arresting the spread of the deadly Corona virus with face to face communications, miking etc.

The present situation has contributed to the rise of Human Trafficking, Dropping Out from Education, Early Marriage and many other social perils even in these remote Sunderbans villages in search of assured and secured life, food etc.

The confident and prudent the ‘Nayantara’ Girls became vigilant and had shown their active involvement to stop such trends. In recent times they were proactive in resisting a Child Marriage and remained successful. These have created new energy among them and make them more confined about their own capacity.

This bulk of Girls gradually forming their own identity and has giving us the confidence in our mission to empower more such adolescent Girls who gradually will come out of all social stigma and form a new order in the society- without any disbar and despair.

In our operational area of remote coastal and riverine villages at Sundarbans there are so many young buds waiting to be blossomed with your care, support and blessings.

Beaten by ill fate of social malices consequent to poverty and being from remote hard to reach areas they still dreams of a brighter tomorrow and with their identity established.

Please extend your helping hand to fulfill their aspirations and dreams.

Distributing Foods to Yaas impacted families
Distributing Foods to Yaas impacted families
Distributing Books to Yaas impacted families
Distributing Books to Yaas impacted families
Miking for Covid-19 Preventions
Miking for Covid-19 Preventions
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Nayanika* with dreams in her eyes
Nayanika* with dreams in her eyes

We are passing through a time that has challenged entire globe with the most deadly virus- i.e. Covid-19 ever heard or experienced before in history of mankind. This not only shook the humanity but also forced us to rethink on the activities mankind are involved with. This has impelled the normalcy of life to an uncertainty that we all are waiting to be restored.

Many of the Families of Nayantara Girls who, sustain majorly on meager earnings of Daily Wage or from very small retail business units had been impacted severely with a huge financial loss with the prolonged closure of transportations, business transactions etc. now taking times to be restored yet.

Yet with the demand of life we all are restoring towards the normal activities gradually that we subsist for.

In such context we endeavoured restoring our activities under ‘Nayantara’ programme.

Thus Studies in the non-formal education support centres and some other allied extracurricular activities including Dance, Extempore etc. are started, but with restrictions as directed in the guidelines issued by governments for Covid-19 pandemic situations.

The girls who remained confined within the house for so long since March, 2021 joined with spontaneity happily and now feeling relieve.

Such a girl is Nayanika* Das. She hails from remote Nandakumarpur village and has been in ‘Nayantara’ programme since beginning of 2017, while she was in the 6th standard. Now she is blossomed as a well groomed responsible personality studying in 10th Standard at closely located government high school namely ‘Nandakumarpur High School’.

Nayanika*’s father sustain their expenses under hard financial Steep from the agriculture in a very small patch of land and also by selling bread in area around. The family consists of 4 (four) members stays – Nayanika* herself parents and one elder sister- in a Pucca brick built house with own sanitary toilet.

Since the very beginning Nayanika* has been a good student. But she needs to be bettered.

Possessing a good health with athletic stature Nayanika after completing Graduation aspires opt to be a Police by profession.

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

In our operational area of remote riverine villages at Sundarbans there are so many young buds waiting to be blossomed with your care, support and blessings. Beaten by ill fate of several social malices consequent to poverty and being from remote hard to reach areas they still dreams of a brighter tomorrow and with their identity established.

Please extend your helping hand to fulfill their aspirations and dreams.

Deep in Study... at Home...
Deep in Study... at Home...
With Mother & Sister- before their House
With Mother & Sister- before their House
In studies with others- Nayantara Centre
In studies with others- Nayantara Centre
Dance practice - all mates together
Dance practice - all mates together
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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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Mala* - determine to attain dreams
Mala* - determine to attain dreams

Amidst worldwide fast spreading Covid-19 all our educational units, also got closed for indefinite period following the govt. order of nationwide lockdown and closure of education institutions. We regret only for this reason we are not able to provide timely reporting.

Also on 20th May, 2000 the severe cyclone Amphan with around 200 Km/ hour gale wind devastated Sunderbans vastly including many of our establishments through which we support to the deprived vulnerable marginalized communities in deep hard to reach Sunderbans.

But we are in consistent touch with all our pupils who mostly belong to financially back trodden families in deep remote Sunderbans. With the opportunities they receive through "Nayantara" a Girl Child Sponsorship Programme they entered the gateway to go ahead with their dreams of becoming self-sustained and create own identity by becoming strong contenders of all future battles and stop all social evils of Girl Child Explication, Early marriage, Trafficking, Drop Outs etc. with the knowledge and skills they receive through the programme

Such a case we are giving today here-

CASE STORY:

Remember Mala*? - The girl who dreams of becoming a MedicalStudent despite the entire crisis she is going through? She is now of 16 years and completed her first level of Pubic Examination Madhyamik Pariksha (10th level examination) last March, 2020.

You may recall that Mala* along with her two younger siblings (one sister and one brother), Parents (Father- Binoy* and Mother- Kamini*) and Grandmother (Sabita*) stays in a mud house with two isolated rooms thatched with plastic sheets and straw.

The house is located at a lower elevation from the main village road. Thus they often face problems of mobility and waterborne diseases rising from water logging in rainy days.

With continuous lockdown amidst the wide spread of Covid -19 situation their main resource of earning on which the family majorly sustains – An eatery of Fast Food has remained closed since March, 2020. Mala* & her mother used to share hands with Binoy* in running the business. But with the prolonged lockdown they are now without any earnings.

Moreover the house they stay in has been vastly devastated at the severe Amphan cyclone hit on 20th May, 2020.

You may also recall that Mala’s* mother often falls ill with a chronic mental ailment. Now with times and pressure of responsibilities Binoy* too has become a patient of Heart Disease. Binoy* struggling to manage the two times meals barely from the little cultivation of seasonal vegetables and paddy by hiring small tract of agricultural land. They don’t have their own land to cultivate.

Yet even in this crisis Mala* who joined Nayantara Programme three years back with strong zeal still eagle eyed at her dream to be a Doctor.

Appeal

Cyclone ‘Amphan’ has widely devastated Sunderbans amidst the consistent lockdown for the fast spreading Corona Virus. Yet the little young girls there are steady at their dreams to sae their families and their dreams as well.

Please help Mala* and the girls alike from deep remote Sunderbans who dare to dream to be self-reliant and make their own identity.

Mala* with younger sister & ailing mother
Mala* with younger sister & ailing mother
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Madhumita* determined to reach her pursuit
Madhumita* determined to reach her pursuit

Can you recall Madhumita* Mandal?

She is the girl from remote Nandakumarpur village in forested Sunderbans delta in Mathurapur II Block within South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal crossed the First Milestone in her way to Education- succeeded in the first public test and 10th Standard Board Examination ‘Madhyamik Pariksha’ last year (in 2019)- we published the report on .

Madhumita* is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme at the Nandakumarpur Nayantara Centre since 2017. Hailed from a family where sometimes people wait to have some Food items to come due to dearth of earning crossing the Milestone of Madhyamik Pariksha is surely a remarkable achievement for a girl like Madhumita*. She now has become 17.8 Years and studying in 11th standard at the closely located Nandakumarpur High School (Higher Secondary).

Madhumita*’s father is a farmer with a small landholding and also works as a daily wage labourer in other cultivation fields in the vicinity. He is the lone earner in the family and on an average earn around INR 3000.00- 3500.00 per month. Her mother a homemaker - manages the family expenses in such steep hardness with an everlasting smile. She also supports her husband in the farming activities.

Madhumita* is determined to continue her studies further and aspires to become a successful person, able to earn for her family with a dignified profession. Madhumita’s parents are proud with her achievement and expressed their gratitude to Nayantara in guiding her. They aspire to see their daughter successful and will support her in all her futureventures.

Madhumita has plans to complete the Higher Secondary level education and go for training to become a Nurse by profession and serve the community with dignity holding her head up.

* 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.

Madhumita* with her father before their house
Madhumita* with her father before their house
Madhumita* at her house while studying
Madhumita* at her house while studying
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Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
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