"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
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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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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Mitali*- with hopes in her eyes
Mitali*- with hopes in her eyes

You may recall the young smiling girl of 16 years Mitali* Das who cleared the 10th standard board examination last year from Nandakumarpur High School that we reported under the head ‘Crossing a Milestone’during June, 2019.

At present she is studying in 11th standard at the same school. She has turned 17 and yet steady at her decision to become a successful person in life.

Mitali* hails from remote Nandakumarpur village under Mathurapur II administrative block of South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, India.

She belongs to a family where most of the time wants & supply chain doesn’t match. Her father Mr. Suman* Das is a farmer and daily wager by profession and the lone earner of the family. As they have very little land most of the time he works as a daily wage labourer in others’ field. Thus he hardly earns around INR 3000.00-3500.00 on an average per month. Mitali’s mother Mrs. Mita* Das is a homemaker and manages all family requirements with steep hardship.

Mitali* stays with her parents, one younger brother and a younger sister in a small mud house with asbestos roof. Since the very beginning Mitali had been an average performer as a student. Though, she keeps on putting efforts to come over her weakness. Thus she remained regular and very attentive in the classes of Nayantara. Besides she has growing interest in learning computer operations.

Being an introvert person by nature Mitali doesn’t have much interest in the games, dance or alike activities. She keeps on studying to attain her dreams to become self reliant.

She aspires to pursue for training in Nursing after completing studies of Higher Secondary (12th standard) level. Thus she dreams to become a nurse and serve the rural people in various remote corners.  

* Names of all individuals altered to maintain safety & privacy

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. Yet we need to walk miles to reach our target of attaining more such girls in the remote villages.

We direly need your support 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.

Engrossed in studies- Mitali* in her house
Engrossed in studies- Mitali* in her house
With Father & Sister before their small mud house
With Father & Sister before their small mud house
Smile of Joy at completing 10th level studies
Smile of Joy at completing 10th level studies
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