"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
Sujata in her bright smile of aspirations
Sujata in her bright smile of aspirations

Sujata* is a girl of around 18 years from remote village Nandakumarpur under Mathurapur II block in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal, India. She is living with her parents and two other sisters in a small mud house with two small rooms. Sujata studies in Class XI at the local higher secondary school -‘Nandakumarpur High School’.

Sujata’s father Mr. Haripada* Mondal is a daily wager in cultivation activities and the lone earner of the family. Thus he earns around INR 3000.00 only per month. Her mother looks after the household core. With the meager amount of that her father manages to earn thus sustain their family expenses with steep hardship.

Sujata joined the ‘Nayantara’ programme in the beginning of 2017. Initially a timid and shy girl afraid of studying she is now consistently improving under the care and guidance provided through the programme. Earlier she was unwilling to attend classes and used to stay away from studies. She was very much afraid of the subjects taught.

Now by constant mobilisation efforts by Sabuj Sangha staffs of ‘Nayantara’ she is gradually improving in studies. She has now become regular in attending classes both in her school and at Nayantara Nandakumarpur Centre. Her interest and efforts to perform better has improved also. The life skill training catered through ‘Nayantara’ programme helped her thinking confidently of a strong future.

Now she aspires to sustain her education further in higher studies. Besides, she also wants to develop her skill in tailoring as this would help her build own earning avenue.

Sujata’s parents have high aspirations on her. They dreams to see her study intensely and be a successful person and self reliant at her own ability.

 

* Names of individual changed to maintain privacy and security. 

Sujata while in studies
Sujata while in studies
Sujata with other family members in front of house
Sujata with other family members in front of house
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Sufia at her bright but shy smile
Sufia at her bright but shy smile

Sufia Khatoon* is a girl of around 16 years from remote Mahabatnagar village under Mathurapur II block in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal, India. She is living with her parents, Paternal Uncle & Aunt, One cousin sister and Grandmother in a small concrete house with two small rooms built under Govt. Housing Scheme for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Sufia studies in Class X at the local high school -‘Mahabatnagar Kailashpur Milan Siksha Sadan’.

Sufia’s father Sk. Sikander* lives away for livelihood as a daily wager. Her mother and aunt together look after the household core. With a meager amount of around INR 5000.00 that her father manages tie ran and also with her Uncle’s earning they sustain their family expenses with steep hardship.

Sufia joined the ‘Nayantara’ programme in the mid of 2017. Initially a timid and shy girl afraid of studying she is now consistently improving under the care and guidance provided through the programme. Earlier she was unwilling to attend classes and used to flee away from studies. She was very much afraid of the subjects taught specifically English and Mathematics.

Now by constant mobilisation efforts by Sabuj Sangha staffs of ‘Nayantara’ she is gradually improving in studies. She has now become regular in attending classes both in her school and at Nayantara Mahabatnagar Centre. Her interest and efforts to perform better has improved also.

She loves studying the subject Geography most. The information on the earth’s its creation, different countries all attracts her fascinatingly. She aspires to study higher education in this subject.

Sufia’s parents have high aspirations on her. They dreams to see her study intensely and be a successful person and self reliant at her own ability.

We are deeply idebted for your continued support to help Sufia and girls alike from deep remote villages of Sunderbans delta  in attaining their pursuit for being sucessful. 

* Name changed to protect identity of individuals

Sufia with her Mother and Aunt
Sufia with her Mother and Aunt
Sufia engrossed in studies
Sufia engrossed in studies
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Mrinmoyee with her family
Mrinmoyee with her family

Mrinmoyee*- a girl from an economically backward family of Nandakumarpur village and a member of ‘Nayantara’ Programme passes Higher Secondary (12th Standard Completion) Examination with good marks. This has created a niche itself and instance for other girls in the area.

Her family consists of 7 members- Two younger brothers, one younger sister, Parents and Grandmother. Mrinmoyee’s Father Mr. Nitai Mondal cultivates a little tract of land and also works as a daily wager. Her mother Mrs. Jamuna Mandal looks after the household chore and also works as domestic help in the vicinity. Earlier they used to earn a little more from coloring clay lamps. But it has been halted since last few months. Thus they could earn only around Rs. 3000.00.

About one and half years back their main residence was badly burnt in sudden fire. Though they have received a little Govt. Support it is not yet made built to many unavoidable reasons. Now they live in a small mud house with tiled roof.

Grown up seeing the struggle of elders in her family Mrinmoyee was determined to complete her studies since the very beginning. Though the grave financial steepness initially deeply affecting her studies. Mrinmoyee’s parents were unable to support her by affording Extra Tuition or provide study materials properly.

In such situation Mrinmoyee got involved with ‘Nayantara’ programme in 2017. Since then she had received all required support to complete her studies from the programme– extra Tuition Classes, Mentoring, Encouragements and all required Study Materials. This has contributed substantially to Minu’s achievements.

Mrinmoyee remained busy in Learning Computers during the period between Higher Secondary Examination and Result declaration. She is deeply determined personality to become successful in life. She has plans to get trained as an Auxiliary Nurse.

Mrinmoyee is looking forward to complete her Graduation with Honors either in Bengali or in Sanskrit. She has scored quite well in both the subjects. But Mrinmoyee’s Parents are afraid that they couldn’t afford her any more for studies due to financial limitations. They urged ‘Sabuj Sangha’ to support their daughter in her studies.

We are deeply thankful to all for supporting the noble initiative of ‘Nayantara’ which is thus creating significant impacts on the lives of girls in deep remote Sunderbans.  

*Names changed to protect the privacy and identity of the individuals

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Nayantara Girls Cheers at their victory
Nayantara Girls Cheers at their victory

Ashar Alo (Ray of Hope), the Watch & Awareness Team comprising of girls from the Nayantara programme consistently advocating for Rights of Girl Child and have vigilant eyes on any form of child exploitation and ignorance in the villages of deep Sunderbans. They are mentored and closely monitored by the team from Sabuj Sangha.

Recently, it has created a significant instance by preventing a child marriage incident at Nandakumarpur village of Sunderbans (South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India). A girl named Pratima*, a student of 10th standard, was being forced by her family members to get married at the age of around sixteen years.

Pratima’s father passed away many years back. Pratima’s mother, elder brother and other family members had organized to get her married on 21st May 2019. Her family also forced her stopped from visiting school since a few days before the incident.

On knowing the incident, the team members of ‘Ashar Alo’ took the matter as a challenge to reach their objective of every girl child being educated and independent. They visited Pratima’s school immediately, talked to the teachers and classmates to find out more about the matter. They visited Pratima’s house on the day before the marriage was going to take place. On seeing the Pandals and other arrangements of marriage they confirmed the authenticity of the news.

After visiting Pratima’s house, they urgently informed in detail about the matter to their Nayantara Supervisor and subsequently to the Programme Coordinator. Childline 1098, the National 24X7 Child Helpline, was called immediately. Soon the Police Force from the local Police Station visited the house to intervene- thus resulted in prevention of the marriage.

This incident has created sensation in the area leaving some everlasting deep positive impact:

-     The local area people have become aware and alert strongly on the vigilance and proactive works of ‘Nayantara Girls’;

-     Strong message established to those who are still ignorant and rigid at their patriarchal customs of getting the girl children married at a very young age;

-     This would encourage other girls in the vicinity to get enroll in ‘Nayantara’ Programme;

-     The ‘Ashar Alo’ Team members formed by Nayantara Girls themselves have now become confident and stronger at their own abilities.

We are deeply thankful to all for supporting the noble initiative of ‘Nayantara’ which is thus creating significant impacts on the lives of girls in deep remote Sunderbans.  

*Name changed to protect identity

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Madhumita
Madhumita

Three girls from our ‘Nayantara’ programme succeeded in their first public examination as a first step of completing an educational milestone in their lives. Combating the trend of early marriage of girl children and unimportance towards their education, these girls are happy to have achieved this level, but not to stop here.

The three girls has created instance and boosted the morale of the families in the area about educating their daughters - become role model for other girls in the neighborhood.

About the Girls

Madhumita* is a 17 year old girl from Nandakumarpur village (South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India) who completed her 10th standard examination from Nandakumarpur High School. She is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme since 2017. Madhumita’s father is a farmer with a small landholding for sustaining the family. Her mother is a homemaker and manages the family expenses with the minimum average family income of INR 3000.00 per month. She also supports her husband in farming work. In such dire family situation Madhumita with her strong will and determination along with the consistent support and guidance from the teachers & mentors of Nayantara completed her 10th standard successfully. Though not a very good performance in the exam, 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 future ventures.

Mitali* is a 16 year old girl from the same village as Madhumita and completed her tenth from the same school. She is associated with ‘Nayantara’ programme since 2017. Mitali lives with her parents and two siblings. They live in a kuchcha house in the village. Her father is a farmer and her mother a homemaker, with an average family income of Rs. 3500 a month. Initially a timid girl with poor understanding of studies she became a confident adolescent completing her 10th standard successfully. Mitali aspires to be a teacher.

Sumita* is a 17 year old girl from the same village. She lost her father many years back and her mother struggles to run the family with her meager income as a domestic help earning Rs. 3000 on average every month. Sumita has an artistic inclination and exhibited her talent in making handicrafts items, clay ornamentation, etc. with the guidance and trainings from Nayantara programme. She wishes to do a teachers' training course. She aspires to become a teacher and a trainer of fine arts. Sumita’s mother is proud of her daughter and wishes to see her daughter successful as an individual.

Name of persons changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

Mitali
Mitali
Sumita
Sumita
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