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We are currently operating in these following three districts

Nadia

Nabadwip Block under Nadia District is a very important place for the noble son of India, LORD CHAITANYA (Gouranga Mahaprabhu). It is situated at the bank of Bhagirathi River. This block is empowered with holy temples. The heritage, culture, music and festival of this area are mainly based on the theme “Baishnab”. Nabadwip is one of the most deprived flood prone regions in West Bengal. Most of the categories of people are OBCs and Minorities, Agriculture and weaving are the main activities of the people. Flood affect the agriculture activities every year and weaving activities are controlled by middle men. As the agricultural activities are mostly damaged due to flood, the men folk are frustrated and they are engaged as rick-shaw pullers, vendors, porter, daily labourers and others. Women folk are engaged as maid servant and some of women are engaged in weaving activities. Nabadwip Block under Nadia District is a very important place for the noble son of India, LORD CHAITANYA (Gouranga Mahaprabhu). It is situated at the bank of Bhagirathi River. This block is empowered with holy temples. The heritage, culture, music and festival of this area are mainly based on the theme “Baishnab”. Nabadwip is one of the most deprived flood-prone rural regions in West Bengal. Most of the categories of people are OBCs and Minorities. Agriculture and weaving (famous for Bengals’ handloom sarees) are the main activities of the people. Flood affect the agriculture activities every year and weaving activities are controlled by middle men. Men folk are engaged as rick-shaw pullers, vendors, porter, daily labourer and others. Women folk are engaged as maid servant and some of women who were engaged in weaving activities. Government sponsored Primary Schools are without efficient and sufficient teachers. The social consciousness level of the villagers is very poor and they are quite in the dark about the happening in the outer world. The scope of the employment is nil. The per capita income of the villager is very low and this also affects their standard of livings. As a result, the women folk are engaged as day labourers and as maid servants in the houses of the district cities covering the distance near about 40-50 kms. per day leaving their children at their poor shelter. As a result, the children are uncared. The children face malnutrition, lack of mother care and very essential pre-school education. There-fore imparting education for the children of working and ailing mothers belonging to the poor families or lower incoming groups is very urgent. Others wise the children will be turn into labours or antisocial elements for proper lack of guidance and support service. In Nabadwip Municipality due to various reasons there is a big gap about general awareness on child education especially the poorest of the poor community who lives in slums or squatter colonies. There is a need to strengthen the awareness and help them to internalize the essence of education of the children as an important issue and it needs to be sustained so that the children, already enrolled in the schools, can be retained, and first generation learners can go to and continue schools.
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Jalpaiguri

Jalpaiguri, the district in the foothills of Himalayas known as Dooars Forests of coniferous trees is in the state of West Bengal of India. The district is empowered with mountain springs, lakes, tributaries and rivers i.e. Teesta, Jaldhaka, Torsa and others. There are wild life sanctuaries-Jaldapara Forest, Gorumara National park, Buxa-Tiger Reserve at Jalpaiguri district with one horned Rhino, Tiger, Elephants in the sanctuary apart from many splendor colorful birds. There are Tea Gardens, a plenty landscaping the slope of mountains. As per the notification of Govt. of India, Jalpaiguri (especially the proposed areas) are the most deprived and backward region in the state West Bengal where the tribal are the worst victims. Most of the categories of tribal (Santhal, Oraon, Munda, Kharia, Mech, Ho, Toto etc.) population can be found in this district and they mostly are engaged in tea gardens. We have been working in the Madarihat-Birpara Block of the same district mainly on the closing Mujnai tea garden and surrounding areas–Uttar Chhekamari, Madhya Khayerbari & Mujnai tea garden Basti (slum area) for last three years. But tea gardens have closed. Relief measures have been hijacked by the middle men of the power brokers. Men folk are frustrated and as a result, they are intoxicated. The women and the girl children are going astray. They also are engaged to steal wood a punishable offence from the forest and to produce Haria (local made wine) which is very much harmful for the society. Child labour with all its evils-moral and physical is the only source of livelihood at present. As the economy is based on Tea Industry, most of the families of poorly paid or unemployed workers of closed tea gardens are either starving or are half starved and are easy target of various types of diseases. Health Centers run by the authorities of tea-gardens have collapsed even the schools in the tea-gardens are all closed. Government run Health Centers are far between and are without doctors, medicines and basic equipments. Besides these, most of the people live in thatched houses with poor hygienic conditions. Due to high rate of illiteracy and ignorance, the social consciousness levels of the villagers are very poor and they are quite in the dark about the happenings in the outer world. There is no other industry. The scope of the employment is absolutely nil. The per capita income of the villager is very low and these also affect their standard of livings. They are divorced from all sorts of much needed amenities of life like shelter, drinking water, sanitation and others. The area is lacking very bad on sanitation, shelter and the supply of drinking water. There is very rare availability of tube-well for drinking water. At present, the inhabitants of the aforesaid villages are used to fetch their drinking water by covering a distance of 5-6 kms long on foot from the dirty waterfalls. Some of them are used to mix lime with that water but that is actually not so good for their health affairs. As a result, water-borne diseases are also abundant in the villagers. Worm-infestation, stomach problems, jaundice, scabies and other water related ailments often make the villagers suffer. The children are the other water victims of this vicious cycle. Beside this, for non-availability of latrines the villagers are using the surrounding open areas as latrine and very often they do not get water to make them clean. It is very much harmful for the villagers as well as the environment. These all are severely damaging the health and hygiene of the villagers. So, availability of sanitary latrines and tube-wells have to be ensured at the villager’s end.
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South 24 Parganas

Patharpratima & Kulpi Block, one of the parts of Sundarban delta crossed with turbulent rivers and rivulets and covered with dense forest of Mangrove trees. People of the area depend on agriculture by putting up embankments to stop the saline water of sea. But those who carry out pisciculture, mostly prawn catcher, they prefer saline water for the same. However, for the bulk of poor daily labourers (including men and women), they are left with no other options but to venture into deep forest infested with Royal Bengal Tiger and other wild animals, to fell the trees for fuel wood or to collect honey comb, risking their lives. Death in the jaws of tiger, crocodile or through snake bite is a daily recurrence. People have to travel a long by foot and by boat to reach health centre, school and market. The situation becomes even severe during the monsoon season when the landslide in flooded with water. Most of the families of poorly paid or unemployed workers are either starving or are half starved and are easy target of various types of diseases viz. Malaria, Failaria, TB, Diarrhea, Enteric fever and vital hepatitis etc. Government run Health Centers are far between and are without doctors, medicines and basic equipments. Besides these, most of the people live in thatched houses in very poor hygienic conditions. Most of the people are manual labourers. Due to high rate of illiteracy and ignorance, they are divorced from all sorts of modern amenities. The social consciousness level of the villagers is very poor and they are quite in the dark about the happening in the outer world. The scope of the employment is very limited. The per capita income of the villager is very low and this also affects their standard of livings. As a result, the women folk are engaged in the agriculture fields, prawn catcher, day labourers and maid servants in the houses of the District cities covering the distance near about 80-100 K.M. per day leaving their children at their poor shelter. As a result, the children face malnutrition, lack of mother care, education and entertainment. There-fore, very urgent need proper education support for the children. Others wise the children will be turn into labours or antisocial elements for proper lack of guidance and support service. So, better education support is an indispensable need to translate into good citizen. Universal suffrage, without universal education, would be a curse. Further more, education is the manifestation of human character. Healthy baby makes wealthy nation. Healthy children are the assets of a country. Children who have proper education are the assets of a country. The future of a country totally depends on the novice children who become the good citizen of a country and sacrifice their lives for the benefit of the country. So, it is our prime duty to take step as the children of our country get proper opportunities on education to be a good citizen. Unfortunately, a good number of children of our country suffer due to various socio-economic factors. Most of the children do not get proper pre- schools education which is very essential for the growth of children. As a result, children of such families are exposed before different adversities and hardship of life where it was felt necessary to evolve a scheme for their well being. Patharpratima & Kulpi Block, one of the parts of Sundarban delta crossed with turbulent rivers and rivulets and covered with dense forest of Mangrove trees. People of the area depend on agriculture by putting up embankments to stop the saline water of sea. But those who carry out pisciculture, mostly prawn catcher, they prefer saline water for the same. However, for the bulk of poor daily labourers (including men and women), they are left with no other options but to venture into deep forest infested with Royal Bengal Tiger and other wild animals, to fell the trees for fuel wood or to collect honey comb, risking their lives. Death in the jaws of tiger, crocodile or through snake bite is a daily recurrence. People have to travel a long by foot and by boat to reach health centre, school and market. The situation becomes even severe during the monsoon season when the landslide in flooded with water. Most of the families of poorly paid or unemployed workers are either starving or are half starved and are easy target of various types of diseases viz. Malaria, Failaria, TB, Diarrhea, Enteric fever and vital hepatitis etc. Government run Health Centers are far between and are without doctors, medicines and basic equipments. Besides these, most of the people live in thatched houses in very poor hygienic conditions. Most of the people are manual labourers. Due to high rate of illiteracy and ignorance, they are divorced from all sorts of modern amenities. The social consciousness level of the villagers is very poor and they are quite in the dark about the happening in the outer world. The scope of the employment is very limited. The per capita income of the villager is very low and this also affects their standard of livings. As a result, the women folk are engaged in stealing of forest woods, day labourers and as maid servants in the houses of the District city covering the distance near about 80-100 kms. per day leaving their children at their poor shelter. As a result, the children are uncared. The children face malnutrition, lack of mother care and very essential pre-school education. There-fore imparting pre-schools education for the children of working and ailing mothers belonging to the poor families or lower incoming groups is very urgent. Others wise the children will be turn into labours or antisocial elements for proper lack of guidance and support service. So, setting-up of pre-school centers where facilities like nutrition, health check-up and physical and mental development including education are indispensable need for the children to translate into good citizen
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