January 1, 2021
Iswarchandra Vidyasagar Educational Help Project; Bonkanali, Purulia
For the last 12 years, I have been serving the underprivileged on my own initiative and of course with the tireless cooperation of a few people. Instead of giving all the details of what I have done or how much I have done, let me make a brief summary of it.
Bank info for donations is below.
What we have been doing so far
After working for the last 6 years in the village of ‘Penchara’ in Purulia with my limited funds, I am here to ask you for your help to make a big difference in the lives of the children and people of the Shabor tribe. Having lived in the village named ‘Bonkanali’ in Kenda (Police station) area of Purulia for some time, I have developed a kinship with a very small ‘tola’ (group) of the Shabor tribe. Only 9 families live in this village & 20 heads of children and teenagers. We have made arrangements to admit 14 children and adolescents in our school at the initial stage, excluding the younger children and teenagers above 17 years of age. Most of them didn’t go to school due to various adverse circumstances or have dropped out of school. Later more children can join our school from nearby Shabor tola, up to a total number around 25.
Most of them do not have sweaters or warm clothes to wear even in the severe winter season of Purulia. Only a few have one or two torn clothes, shorts & no slippers for the feet. We bought woolen caps for everyone from our limited resources; They have been given old woolen clothes donated by some people, which have fitted the size of only a few of them. The staple food is rice with rice starch at 11 in the morning and only rice at 6 in the evening. Everyone is involved in collecting wood from the forest, making brooms, cutting paddy in other people’s land, sifting & thrashing paddy, and cleaning & collecting leftovers from the ceremonial house. A side dish is only available if they could earn on that day. The days they can catch some frogs, snakes, monitor lizards & field rats, they are very happy.
Their dreams and our future plans
I have left the comforts of the city, stayed there & experienced their day to day struggles & fight for existence. I am going to start a school for these boys and girls in January 2021. First of all, they have to be fed. A plate of rice, pulses, vegetables & egg. Fish & meat (chicken) once a week. If a cup of milk can be arranged for them, it would be great. The children here get to drown in the life of deprivation and become addicted to local liquor. In colonial India, the British branded them (Shabor) as a ‘The criminal tribes (having inborn criminal tendencies)’. Even today, they are being plunged into darkness for generations. By working hard as child laborers, they are meeting the minimum necessities of life for a small fee.
I can teach them to read and write. But I can’t feed them without everyone’s help. Even I can’t save them from winter (winter ware) or give them clothes to cover.
Need to make arrangements for the development, exhibition, and sale of hand-made kanthas, hats, brooms, and various works of art. There is an urgent need to make them self-reliant.
They want to learn to play football. Wants to create teams. The hunter spirit is in their blood. If they can learn archery, they will be able to brighten the face of the country.
More dreams and our ultimate goals
There is also a need for work to encourage and financially support them, to bring electricity to the village, or to cultivate the land. However, it is subject to time and cost. The first step is to save children from dying in the darkness of intoxication or malnutrition or without treatment or from the abyss of illiteracy and from being trafficked or into superstition, child marriage, brick kilns, or anywhere else.
They do not associate with outsiders, not even with other castes of Purulia. But even though it took time, they accepted me. They have become close to me. Some more small and big villages (in the neighborhood) and Tola’s children, teenagers want to come to me. Shortly (as soon as possible) we will move forward with the construction of residential dormitories centered on Bonkanali (especially in the villages where no one else has yet reached with the light of knowledge, such as the villages, the tribal children of Tola). Accordingly, we have to gradually increase the scope of work.
Please help us
As per our survey & past experience, we need to continue this project for the next five years.
Approximate expenses to run this project: Presently we don’t need to appoint any teaching & cooking staff, as members of our organization (Swapnaloke), will stay there & give regular classes as well as can cook a meal for the students to run this project. The main expenses are for student’s meals & educational materials. Additional expenses are for clothing and other necessities.
The monthly expenditure for this project will be Rs 15000/- only for 15 students.
We also have a plan to provide new clothes to the students before the Bengali new year & Durga puja. That will cost about Rs. 20,000 in the whole year. If you would like to contribute anything in kinds, that is also welcomed.
You can contribute towards the project in any amounts like Rs 100, 200, 500 per month, if you choose to, you may contribute for the whole year at a time or any amount at any time.
Hopefully, we would be able to raise around Rs 2 Lacs for a year which will cover meals, educational materials, clothing, and other necessities for all 15 students.
How to Donate
All donations are accepted directly to our bank account:
A/C name: Baranagar Swapnaloke For Humanity With Humanity
State Bank of India
A/C number- 31210471482
The donors will get our financial statement (Around the month of May) after the completion of each financial year. It will also be uploaded to our website www.swapnaloke.org.in
We will provide our 80G certificate so you can use it for tax benefit (if needed).
Donor meet: All donors can meet our P.R.O (virtually/physically) every quarter, to get to know about the progress & current situation of the project. We will update our work on our social media page and send the link & photographs to respective donors as per request. Besides, the progress report of this project will be uploaded to our website() as well as social media page.
If any donor wants to visit our Centre physically can directly contact us. Any suggestion, feedback, or idea regarding improving the condition of these students is heartly and thankfully welcomed.
On behalf of ‘Swapnaloke’ & these helpless children,
Our Mission & Vision
Our mission is to render services to the deprived children by facilitating their fight against illness, illiteracy & poverty. Basic education, health-care, livelihood avenues should be available to all, irrespective of religion, gender, caste. We like to establish free boarding schools for underprivileged & street children, where the meritorious students can continue to for higher studies, mediocre students can take vocational training after their formal education & those are not meant for the above, they shall learn to be a good human being. We also want to establish charitable health center in the rural area for needy people.
We like too see these underprivileged children wake up and live a healthy, purposeful, and active lives that they can command themselves… free of the shackles of poverty, ill health & illiteracy.
We Need Your Help
- To have a classroom. (Rent: Rs 2,000 per month)
- A room with 12 chairs & table for regular charitable dispensary. (Approximately Rs 8,000 for chairs & table.)
- Procure some medical equipment. (Approximately Rs 5,000.)
- Vocational training & health education teaching aids. (Approximately Rs 10,000.)
- Appointment of 2 more teachers. (Approximately Rs 10,000 per month as stipend.)
- Appointment of two medical officers (Doctors – Approx. Rs 2,500 per Doctor per camp.)
- Procure a land & construction of a school with boarding facilities only for street children & poor children. (Approximately Rs 15,00,000 for land & Rs 1,50,00,000 for constructions.)