The coastal villages of Sunderbans are always preying to corrosions and devastating Natural Disasters e.g. Super Cyclones, Floods etc. A notable part of the population here are landless. But pretty often the frequent Natural Calamities contribute to their miseries and their lives impacted. Their already estranged lives drift deeper to gloom.
Major section of the landless population here sustain on daily wage works in cultivation activities or animal husbandry at a very small scale.
Sabuj Sangha as a civil society organisation rooted to Sunderbans with their commitment is focused to ascertain continuous and sustainable development of vulnerable deprived population here. To beat the misery now going to distribute ‘Goat’ to around 120 such landless marginalised families.
‘Goat’ rearing is one of the very important and suitable livelihood options for the landless poor population. Consuming Goat Milk is conventional practice here. Following traditional beliefs it is also taken as safeguard from Cold & Cough. Also the Meat of Goat is highly popular among affluent class here. The ‘Goat’ project is going to start from December, 2020 and will be completed on 31st March, 2021.
We intend to distribute the ‘Black Bengal Goat’ breed. The Black Bengal goat is a breed of goat found throughout West Bengal. This breed is usually colored black but also found in brown, white or gray. It is a high quality breed produces good quality and higher amount Milk than other local breeds. The quality if the Milk is good too.
Under this project, female Goats will be distributed among the identified marginalised families in the first year (1st Year). 2nd Year onwards we will cover more number of families through distribution of Litter of Fawns. We will distribute 2 Female Goats to each of the families so that they get the baby(s) within 6 months time.
We will also provide Sheds for the Goats, feeds for them, seeds for the Feed Grass (Hay) cultivation at their homestead land. Veterinary & Insurance support for the Goats.
Within 6 Months of Distribution of the Goats the Litter of Fawns will be produced and the beneficiary will start getting Milk. After next 6 months they will earn more by selling the Male Goats and Transfer Babies to other families. Thus, more numbers of Families will be included within the Project purview.
It is expected the families will be able to increase their income level by selling of Milk & Meat. The health and nutritional status of Children of this area will be also improved through consumption of the produced milk.
Thus the project will be a Replicable Model for the adjacent poor areas in improving overall development of a family. This endeavour is supported by IndienHilfe, Deutschland e. V.
You’ll be happy to know that one of the country’s oldest charitable trusts ‘Tiji Devi Chaudhury Charitable Trust’ wishes to support our Health Programme (Community Health Programme in Sunderbans) from 2020.
Mr. Manish Sikaria, Director of the Trust has handed over the Cheque to Mr. Ansuman Das, Director of Sabuj Sangha on 29th December, 2020. This is our new journey with the trust in our mission towards development.
Sabuj Sangha aims to develop a society with equal rights and opportunities and had endeavor many programmes in this regard since years.
The ‘Digital Sakhi’ programme is aimed at digital & financial literacy, enterprise development and livelihood enhancement interventions, specifically with rural women in various blocks of East Midnapore district in West Bengal.
Under this Programme Sabuj Sangha has already identified and trained 150+ Digital Sakhis who became leaders, trainers and outreach workers within their communities across villages.
In 2019-20 the band of the Digital Sakhis has already reached out to 100,000 community members across 30+ villages in Mahishadal and Haldia blocks of East Midnapore, West Bengal and remained successful to created 1000 Women Entrepreneurs.
In the current year 2020 the Programme Team has targeted to create more 300 Digital Sakhis across 133+ villages in Mahishadal, Haldia, Contai & Egra sub divisions in East Midnapore - who will endeavour to create more Women Entrepreneurs reaching out to 450,000 community Members in the rural areas.
The programme is supported by ‘Larsen & Toubro Financial Services’
We are deeply indebted to ‘Larsen & Toubro Financial Services’ for such pragmatic and humane support which are empowering the rural women with knowledge, skill and an opportunity to create their own identity as entrepreneurs, trainers as well as Catalyst for Social Change.
Under this programme we have also extended support to Covid-19 situation impacted vulnerable families in the operational areas of Digital Sakhi with support from ‘Larsen & Toubro Financial Services’. We are grateful to them for such humane support in this continuing crisis situation.
The ‘ Sundari’ Project commenced on 1st June 2020 aiming at providing early response and recovery of livehood losses caused by the Amphan Cyclone in the 11 GP’s spread over 3 Blocks of South 24 Parganas.
Technology based assessment through Drones and Social Mapping enabled us to identify the most affected clusters. Drone assessment was done in collaboration with HCL Foundation and HAI and InventGrid.
600 beneficiaries were selected based on extensive household surveys and livelihood support trade wise was segregated taking the primary occupation, intent and resources available with the targeted families.
Building a disaster resilient community has been kept in mind informulating the schemes of Livelihood Support to enable disaster preparedness and maintain sustainability.
Financial inclusions and transparency in benefits given is being maintained. The concept of saving for the future is also being promoted.Women beneficiaries are given priority .
Numerous reach out materials in terms of posters & leaflets have been handed out to them to actively participate in the programme.
Collaborating with the Stakeholders in the Government and PRI’s have been undertaken to disseminate the goals of this project.
SabujSangha with the aegis support from L & T Financial Services launched Digital Sakhi Programme, West Bengal to empowerrural women through Digital Financial Literacy and to promote digital mode of transaction & good financial practices in the rural community of East Medinipur. The programme was initiated in October 2019 as a pilot project covering a geography of 35 villages in 2 Subdivisions with 150 Digital Sakhis who were trained on Digital Financial Literacy & Leadership.
After achieving a grand success in its pilot phase, the programme was expanded from April 2020 covering 133 villages of 4 subdivisions of East Medinipur, engaging 450 Digital Sakhis. Apart from capacity building of the community on digital media and its applications to access financial services, this team of Digital Sakhis also facilitated identification of most needy families who were affected by Coronavirus pandemic & subsequent lockdown. They themselves distributed relief materials at the doorsteps of those unfortunate households and spread awareness on preventive measures to combat Covid-19. They involved PRI, Block Officials, SHG & other stakeholders in the distribution process. Digital Sakhis celebrated World Women’s Day involving almost 800 rural women which had a huge impact.
Through their committed work on the ground, Digital Sakhis were started recognized by the community & stakeholders as a resource person in the village who have solution for their digital or financial queries. This new venture by SabujSangha has made a huge impact in the community of East Medinipur in terms of empowering rural women through their training and capacity building of rural community on digital means of accessing available services.
We are extremely glad to inform all our well wishers, friends and supporters that we remained consistent in our efforts to extend support to the vulnerable marginalised families who are majorly daily wage earners, migrant workers and poorest of poor communities in metropolitan and lost their livelihoods due to continuous lockdown at the outbreak of fast spreading Covid-19 and Amphan cyclone.
We have started the 2nd Round of relief work today onward and will be completed by 15th July.
Mr. Binay Agarwal from Wipro, Kolkata remained present today with us.
We are targeting 4000 families (approximately 20,000 populations)
Distribution of Ration Kit Materials and Contamination Preventive Materials (Sanitizers, Masks etc.) to such families in different wards of Kolkata with
This initiative is supported by ‘Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives’.
We are very happy to inform all our well-wishers, friends, and supporters that in the present critical situation with the fast spreading Covid-19 we have received spontaneous supports and funds as soon as we initiated Response Programme for the extremely vulnerable people, deeply affected by the nationwide sudden knockdown and closure of earning avenues, both in urban and rural areas.
We have received the supports from a numbers of philanthropist individuals, Corporates, National & International Organisations etc. like – Mr. Arun Deb, Wipro Foundation, The Hans Foundation, My Choice Foundation, Global Fund for Children, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and many others.
We are deeply thankful to all Government supports that we have received in our distribution activities. The activities remained a perfect testimony of GO and NGO collaboration. Thus we are deeply indebted to all the PRIs, Block administrations, ULBs and Police Administrations.
We are grateful to Mr. VivekSahay, ADG, Traffic, Kolkata Police, Mr. R. N. Banerjee, Jt. Police Commissioner, Bidhannagar police Commissionerate; Mr. SambhuJha, MTO, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, Mr. Jayanta Chakraborty Inspector, Kolkata Police, Mr. SukantaSaha, SDO, Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas; Mr. SantanuBapuli, Karmadhyaksha, Banabhumi, ZillaParishad South 24 Parganas and many others from Government of West Bengal.
Till date (4th May, 2020) we have reached to more than 10000 vulnerable families (around 50,000- 60,000 people) altogether in rural areas of Sunderbans and urban areas in Kolkata and Bidhannagar cities. Thus we could start providing essential commodities like Dry Food Materials (e.g. Rice, Pulses, Potatoes, Salt, Mustard Oil etc.) and Contamination Preventive Materials (e.g. Mask, Soap, Detergents etc.) to the most deeply affected people who have lost their earning resources by sudden lockdown.
We are also deeply moved, by reaching out to the children of sex workers in various areas of Kolkata. As sex workers are already prey to social maladies and now under lock down situation along with closure of earnings they are running short of fuel materials like Gas, Kerosene also. Hence, we reached out to 150 such children and could to give them dry food materials (e.g. Sattu, Chira Milk Powder etc.).
Yet there are need to reach out to many more such vulnerable people across the State in both rural and urban areas of South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Kolkata, East Midnapore or places like Himalayan villages in Alipurduar districts etc.
There are people of Elderly Age (60 years or more), Lone widows, Person with disabilities. There are people ailing by chronic diseases like Hypertensions, Blood Sugar etc. These people need liquid money for medicines and purchasing many other essentialities at their priority of needs.
Many of these people have Bank Accounts. Keeping the high requirements minimum liquid money needed for these vulnerable we are thinking to transfer a minimum amount of INR 1000.00 to each of such vulnerable families.This process will help avoiding any physical presence or contact and also a credible way to transfer cash. Thus the beneficiaries would be at their freedom and choice to purchase their priority need items.
Sabuj Sangha is in the process of creating links for Donations in the dashboard of our websitevery soon. Each vulnerable family can be supported with a minimum of INR 1000.00. But till the link is created if anybody wishes to contribute he/she can transfer directly to the Organizations’ account as given below:
For Indian donors:
Name of the organization : SABUJ SANGHA
NFC Bank Account number : 32111012949
IFSC CODE : SCBL0036087
Swift Code : SCBLINBBXXX
Name in the NFC bank account : SABUJ SANGHA
Bank name : STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Address of bank : G-08, Atria Mail, Gurusaday
Road, Kolkata-700 019
9 digit MICR number : 700036020
For Foreign donors:
Very severe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ made a landfall on Sagar Island and impacted the entire coastal zones of North and South 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal on 9th November, 2019. The ‘Bulbul’ gale wind was at 120Km/ hour speed and left devastating impacts on houses, cultivation fields, roadways, trees etc.
More than 2.5 Lakhs people are deeply impacted with the severity with their lives, source of livelihood and the essential requirements of life that is needed highly to maintain a normal dignified life. The natural catastrophe left the people of villages under Sagar, Patharpratima, Namkhana and Mathurapur II administrative blocks and adjoining areas in deep crisis by becoming either homeless overnight and took refuge at Cyclone Shelters arranged or at severe anxiety of serious damage impacts through fall of trees damaging the roofs and walls. Overnight they became homeless and took refuge under the Cyclone Shelters.
As part of their consistent effort towards response to Natural Catastrophes with prompt action on 09.11.19 the ‘Sabuj Sangha’ team consistently visited the Bulbul Cyclone affected villages and relief shelters. With their robust and sensible team all through the day and nights of 9th -10th November, 2019 ‘Sabuj Sangha’ with its Medical Team and other Members became active participants of the relief work.
Immediately from the very next day i.e. 10th November, 2019 onwards ‘Sabuj Sangha’ team started reaching the affected families of the impact areas in Sagar, Patharpratima and Mathurapur II with tarpaulins, food grains, basic materials and other immediate relief materials.
Consequently on 12th & 13th November we made Rapid Impact Assessment in the impacted areas by Drone Technology with support from HCL Foundation and Humanitarian Aid International, New Delhi. It is seen that the Residential Houses (pucca & kuchcha both), Cultivation Fields (mostly with commercial crops e.g. Paddy, Beetle Leaves, Vegetables etc.) are totally ruined out either by braking down or by wiping out.
People in the impact zone are still ailing by deep traumatic mental order and needs continuous support to get rehabilitated and restore back to normalcy. We appeal everyone to extend their kind support for the misfortune sternly affected populace due to sudden landfall of ‘Bulbul’ severe cyclone
The Ipshita Memorial Trust was created in the memory of Ipshita Roy, beloved daughter and sister, who passed away in a tragic road accident in 2010. She hailed from a family of doctors, who are still recovering from this irreparable loss. To carry her legacy forward, the Ipshita Memorial was created with one of their main objectives being providing medical services to the poor and deprived people. This UK based charity is spearheaded by Ipshita's father, Dr Sunil Roy.
Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan - the rural hospital operated by Sabuj Sangha in Nandakumarpur, South 24 Parganas, has a similar tragic story to tell. Swarnalata Das, a 34-year old, died at childbirth due to lack of medical services in the locality. She was the mother of Mr Ansuman Das, who is now the Director & Secretary of Sabuj Sangha.
These two charities have come together to provide medical support to the underprivileged rural communities in Sundarbans area. The Ipshita Memorial raises funds from family and friends and through events. The Ipshita Memorial started a partnership on 24th July 2019, with Sabuj Sangha, to support a doctor's honorarium at the Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan. Dr Amitava Chowdhury is a public health expert and has dedicated his entire work towards the benefit of the rural population in Sundarbans.
He has developed an innovative community health programme that ensures safe motherhood, through rigorous capacity building and training of local women so that the healthcare skills are retained within the community.
The inauguration programme was held in the Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan campus with lighting of the lamp and cake cutting. Children and members of the local community, board members and staff of Sabuj Sangha and Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan attended the programme.
The Fani Cyclone
The cyclone Fani with above 200 km/hr wind speed made a landfall in Puri (Odisha) on 3rd May 2019. It was categorised as a super severe category 4 cyclone. Leaving behind a widespread damage to resources and property, it brought the lives of 15 million people to a standstill. The severity of the cyclone continued to wreak havoc and affected coastal areas of West Bengal in the islands of Sundarbans.
Initial assessments indicate the following:
• 5 lakhs houses were destroyed
• Agricultural lands of paddy, pulses, etc. were destroyed, facing saline water inundation
• Plantations of coconut, banana and natural vegetation were uprooted
• Loss of livestock and cattle fodder unavailability
• Loss of fishing equipments
Relief Interventions undertaken by Sabuj Sangha
An immediate relief intervention was undertaken by Sabuj Sangha with support of a public sector company. The interventions reached 10,000 families in 5 blocks of Gop, Puri Sadar, Nimapara, Brahmagiri, Pipli in Odisha and 2 blocks of Sagar and Namkhana in West Bengal. The following relief materials were distributed within a span of three weeks following the cyclone:
• Wax Candles
• Chivda (Rice flakes)
• Sanitary napkins
• 10 mtr rope
Sabuj Sangha is working in the five blocks mentioned above with with relief initiatives. However, the need is much more. To ensure that the communities return to their original state, a rehabilitation programme must be implemented in the affected areas. Sabuj Sangha aims to support the communities with basic amenities like safe shelter and energy efficient solar lanterns.
To donate towards rehabilitation interventions, click here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rehabilitation-programme-for-cyclone-affected/
We had conducted 4 days Comprehensive life skill training for the youth group who are interested at beauty & wellness training. In these 4 days they had attended the following session which enhance their skills and also motivate the youth to regent in training. Day 1- 1) Introduction on New Horizons, 2) Self-awareness & Value, 3) Goal setting & Career orientation Day 2- 1) Communication skills, 2) Taking Informed and responsible decision Day 3- 1) Team building & Leadership, 2) Risk Behavior 3) Managing Relationships Day 4- Market Orientation on a specific trades.
The methodology used to facilitate the session was group activities, presentation & orientation. 50 youths from most marginalized community was selected to attend the 4 days session out of which 36 trainees are selected for next phase - for skill training.
36 trainees are selected for market oriented skill training (MOST) for beauty &Wellness training under NSDC training institute after completion of 4 days Comprehensive life skill training (CLS) at Kamarhati.
‘Sabuj Sangha’ initiated a unique Health Care Project for Urban Poor- ‘Niramoy’ in the vulnerable slum pockets of Kolkata and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporations. The project is not only intended to serve the slum based urban poor with Health Services but also to raise the level of awareness on aspects pertinent to Health & Hygiene and making a part of their daily lives. The project is supported by the Wipro Cares.
The various facets of ‘Niramoy includes establishing Health clinics in the slums under Kolkata & Bidhannagar Municipal Corporations, Provide health care to senior citizens, youth and others, Raise and ensure level of awareness in Maternal Health, Increase institutional delivery & ensure child immunization, ensure 100% birth registration, reduction of water & fly borne diseases and many others.
Initially the project will be started at the vulnerable slum pockets of Wards No. 79 & 80 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Ward No. 28 of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation.
The uniqueness of ‘Niramoy’ Health Care project lies in having a strong sustainability plan of handing over the responsibilities of running the Health Clinics and its allied activities to the Community by building ownerships through formation of Core Groups namely Ward Health Committee. The core committee will thus remain responsible for raisi Launch Event ‘Niramoy’
The inauguration of the project ‘Niramoy’ is held on 25th June, 2019 at ‘Rabindra Tirtha’ auditorium in New Town, Kolkata. Dignitaries from various organisations, distinguished eminent personalities from different walks of life and representatives of communities of various slum pockets of Bidhannagar and Kolkata Municipal Corporation participated in the programme.
The programme started by felicitating the Guests and Dignitaries. It is then followed with lighting the Inaugural Lamp by the eminent dignitaries and renditions of Rabindra Sangeet by Dr. Kingshuk Roy- Director of Sur-o Sadhana.
Mr. Ansuman Das, Secretary and Director of Sabuj Sangha elaborated on various facets of the project through a PowerPoint Presentation to all present. In his address he stressed upon raising the level of awareness in Hygiene Behaviour and building Stakeholdership among the community. He expressed his strong will of having attaining the objective of the programme. He hoped that this Programme with all its uniqueness could be replicated to other vulnerable pockets of the country.
Among other dignitaries present Mr. Sinharoy, Retired Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) Official and Governing Body Member of Sabuj Sangha stated that only a Handful Civil Society Organizations work dedicatedly for the betterment of deprived section of the community and in this regard Sabuj Sangha has a strong and active presence. He expressed his good wishes for successful implementation of Project ‘Niramoy’.
Ms. Parvathy Mohandas, Programme officer of Wipro Cares grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. She mentioned that Wipro Cares approaches its social responsibility through direct engagement of communities by creating stakeholdership among them. She expressed his deep gratitude to Sabuj Sangha for taking the responsibilities of materialising Wipro Cares vision through the project.
Among other dignitaries Sri Pranay Kr. Roy, MIC (Health), Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Sri Debasish Kumar, MMIC, Kolkata Municipal Corporation graced the occasion as Guests of Honour. Both of them stressed upon the overcrowding condition of Govt. Health initiatives and welcomed the propositions of project ‘Niramoy’. They also univocally called upon the low level of awareness in aspects of Health & Hygiene among the community at large. They appreciated the efforts of building stakeholdership among the community through the initiative.
Mr. Shyamaprasad Sinharoy, Board Member of Sabuj Sangha stated that hardly small number of civil society organization has worked about Livelihood opportunities in slum areas. He mentioned that there is lack of an adequate measure in those items. With the collaboration of Wipro Care Sabuj Sangha could change the situation of Slum dwellers. The people who spent their lives under open sky where mortality rate is extremely high there our team may provide the adequate service. He has also given gratitude to Wipro Care for being a part of this Project. He also believes in that “Niramoy” could be a model to the different cities.
Another eminent personality Mr. Gouranga Behari Roy – a Retired Govt. Administrator in his address recalls his long experience working for Health Improvement of the communities of West Bengal. In his address he mentioned of Sabuj Sangha’s active participation and contribution in bettering the Health Scenario in the deep Sunderbans region of South 24 Parganas. He appreciated the initiatives under project ‘Niramoy’ and expressed his good wishes.
The inaugural programme concluded with the valedictory notes by Mr. Saradindu Banerjee, Vice President of Sabuj Sangha. ng funds from community and build a Corpus Fund to carry on the activities within the programme.
The Watch & Awareness Team named Ashar Alo (Ray of Hope), comprising of girls from the Nayantara programme consistently advocate girl child rights and have vigilant eyes on any form of child exploitation and ignorance, in the vicinity and beyond. 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 sixteen years.
Pratima’s father passed away many years back. Pratima’s mother, elder brother and other family members had organised to get her married on 21st May 2019. Her family also forced her from not going to school since few days from 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 Nayantara Programme Coordinator and Supervisor. Childline 1098, the National 24X7 Child Helpline, was called immediately. Soon the Police Force from the local Police Station visited the house to intervene, prevented the marriage to happen.
This incident has created sensation in the area leaving some everlasting deep positive impact:
1. The local area people have become aware and alert strongly on the vigilance and proactive works of ‘Nayantara Girls’;
2.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;
3.The ‘Ashar Alo’ Team members formed by Nayantara Girls themselves have now become confident and stronger at their own abilities.
Further, an event was held on 3-4 June with My Choices Foundation – a partner of Sabuj Sangha – in which all the Nayantara girls attended and shared their learnings from the programme. The representatives from My Choices Foundation also shared their inputs during sessions with the girls. It was a great motivation for the girls, and we hope that they continue to inspire other girls in the community for their better future.
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 – becoming a role model for other girls in the neighbourhood.
About the girls
Madhumita is a 17 year old 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 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 from the same village. She lost her father many years back and her mother struggles to run the family with her meagre 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 teacher’s 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.
Today, 10th May 2019, we signed an MoU with Tech Mahindra Pvt Ltd. This is our fifth year of partnership, and we are truly thankful for their longstanding support to our organisation. Tech Mahindra is supporting this year for our Notun Aalo programme - children's residential school in Nandakumarpur in our Sundarbans operational area. We are once again privileged to have them as our partners in this initiative, and we look forward to a fruitful year ahead.
Inspirational Speeches by:
Glorifying the occasion several stalls for exhibition and sale are organized in ‘Sabuj Sangha’ premises by the members of SMSGCSL and Nayantara Girls with an objective of showcasing the entrepreneurship and initiatives that the Women and Adolescent Girls from vulnerable sections of remote Sunderbans have taken and now moving successfully.
This exhibition cum sale added to the joy & interest and further boosted the morale of the visitors.
‘Nayantara’ Programme is a unique initiative by ‘Sabuj Sangha’ for the adolescent girls from vulnerable sections in remote Sunderbans areas on empowerment, education and orientation to groom their personalities through various support trainings on way to be a confident contender for future life.
In order to enhance their awareness and level of understanding and to induct them on personal health & hygiene a two days training was organized on ‘Adolescence & Reproductive Health’ from 2nd to 3rd February, 2019 at ‘Sabuj Sangha’s own Rural Health Centre namely ‘Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan’ in remote Nandakumarpur village, Mathurapur II Block, South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.
Various matters on reproductive health, menstrual hygiene and common gynecological problems were also shared vividly in detail through discussions, photographic presentations and interactions. The participant girls were introduced vividly on ‘Adolescence & Reproductive Health’ & also on Personal Hygiene pertinent to the subject title.
10 girls representing each of the three (3) ‘Nayantara’ Centres located respectively at Nandakumarpur, Mohabatnagar-Kailashpur and Naranpur - remote villages in Sunderbans participated in the two day long sessions and received a holistic view on ‘Adolescence & Reproductive Health’. Community Health Expert Dr. Amitava Chowdhury, an experienced Medical Expert with health factors of vulnerable community in Sunderbans, facilitated the programme.
The programme was organized with an objective that all participating girls will disseminate the perceived essential knowledge to all vulnerable adolescent girls and also to women at large in the greater community of wide spread Sunderbans.
The coast lines of East Coast states of India are exposed to drastic climatic variations and sudden devastating Natural Furies hitting entire coast lines round the year. Thus, leaves a long lasting adverse impact on economy, bio- diversity and lives of people reside there. The most vulnerable points exposed to the risk of vulnerability in the East Coast are located close to the shore of Bay of Bengal or at bent of changing courses of various floating waters (e.g. rivers, confluences etc.).
Over the period of time the problems stiffened with fast changing climatic and natural conditions. Lack of infrastructure, resources and arrangements to combat Nature’s Fury resulted to loss of lands, houses and precious human lives. Lack of proper awareness, knowledge and right practice (i.e. Waste Behavior, over exploitation of natural resource) among the residing and the floating tourist community coupled with boom of mismanaged commercial activity made the situation critical and harder to address.
In such perspective, with an objective to create and sustain awareness on Changed Climatic Conditions an initiative was launched under the Project named ‘We 4 Climate’ by a consortium of ‘Academy of Gandhian Studies’ (AGS) and ‘Center for Environment Education (CEE)’ in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with an objective to reduce vulnerabilities of coastal communities. The project aims at extending education on climate change risks and to enhance the resilience of the affected and contributing community through Climate Literacy, Marine Litter Management and CCA infrastructure development of 250 selected coastal areas in Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Orissa and West Bengal.
Sabuj Sangha as implementing partner of the consortium organized the launch of ‘We 4 Climate’ campaign in West Bengal through a Seminar and Interactive Sessions on 8th October, 2018 at Taj Bengal, Kolkata. Earlier on 7th October, 2018 the AGS- CEE Team delegation visited different identified (by Sabuj Sangha through baseline survey and study) vulnerable points at Sagar Island. As the Campaign is being implemented in Sagar Island of the Indian Sunderbans Delta, discussions in the Seminar was focused to the impact of Climate Change on communities in the Indian Sunderbans at large with emphasis on Sagar Island.
The programme was coordinated and anchored by Mr. Sujoy Chaudhury, Team Leader, Cl & MLM Project, Sabuj Sangha. The entire launch programme was divided into 4 sessions:
1. Inaugural Session
2. Technical Session 1
3. Technical Session 2 and
4. Question & Answer Session
The launch started with the welcome address by Mr. Ansuman Das, Director of Sabuj Sangha. In his speech he enumerated on frequent occurrence of Natural Calamities that the people of Sunderbans, the southernmost deltaic part of West Bengal face and graveness of the aftermath impacts. He also mentioned on the increasing adversities rising due to mismanaged waste habits and its consequences. The welcome address was followed by Lighting of Inaugural Lamp by the Delegations from AGS, CEE, Veteran and Distinguished Guests representing several CBOs, Universities and International Organizations from West Bengal.
After the Inaugural, Shri Gopalakrishna Murthy Gondrakota, Executive Director, AGS highlighted on the major objectives of the project and its essentiality and relevance with fast changing climatic condition. He emphasized on the need of learning different facets of fast climatic changes and its implications on coastal mankind. He also stressed on the need of being restrained from wrong practices of waste and litter management.
Gracing the event with their green presence the School Students and Teachers of Schools from remote Nandakumarpur village of deep Sunderbans enacted a short musical play ‘Angikar’ (means ‘The Vow’). Issues of climate change, hazards of natural calamities, human contribution on Climate Change through deforestation etc. was nicely depicted through enactment by the little children. At conclusion of the Play all impacted people (characters of the Play) from deep Sunderbans took Vow to join hands together to combat all crisis of life including Nature’s Fury & Climate Change by correcting their Behavior, restrain from Greed and take healing measures for the damage already happened.
After the Play enactment Mr. Udaya Shankar Chathurvedi, AGS in his presidential address stressed upon the need of Gandhian Philosophy in the present context of throw away behavior. He exerted the need of conservation, reuse and recycle of materials instead of throwing away. He also mentioned of need for changing community perception at large.
The session ended and followed by a Tea Beak.
Technical Session 1
The Technical Session 1 was chaired by Sri Murali Ramisetty, FANSA who recalled the need of Gandhisim with regard to learning resilience, reliance and restraint in context to adapting changing behavioral pattern for coping up with climate change and preservation of nature and mankind.
Dr. Anurag Danda, WWF Elephant in the Room shared his long experience of work and exposure in Sunderbans. He stressed that it is high time to develop a check mechanism of indiscriminate use of natural resources and proper utilization of nature persistent mechanism already ingrained in our culture.
Mr. Chandan Pal from AGS, West Bengal expressed his gratitude to Sabuj Sangha for affording him with such vulnerability the human race of Sagar Island faces. Besides mentioning the essentiality of developing adaptability he stressed on looking back to the conventional methods of natural conservation and need for developing a consistent training process to retain the awareness and right behavior not only to coastal populace but also for all visiting population at large.
Mr. Chittaranjan Mandal, Regional Manager, Action Aid shared his experience of working with vulnerable communities in the Sunderbans and key climate adaptation lessons he learnt during different implementation programmes.
Dr. Shriji Kurup, Programme Manager, CEE Blue Flag, Chennai with his photographic presentation exerted his experience during his trip to Sagar Island and observation there. He stressed upon the questioning the source of indiscriminate waste accumulation at different vulnerable points. He expressed his concern on human contribution to waste generation resulting to rise of pollution level.
Technical Session 2
Dr. Sugata Hazra, Director, School of Oceanography Studies, Jadavpur University repeatedly urged on spread of community awareness linking with our daily activities to remain prepared for coping Climatic changes and its after effects on human race of Sunderbans.
Mr. Swachchha Majumdar, Senior Principal Scientist and Head, Water Technology Section, Ceramic Membrane Division, Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute in his interactive speech stressed upon the need of education from facts and nature and awareness of coastal community, they being the most frontline victims.
Prof. Arunabha Majumder, Emeritus Fellow, School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University stressed on the need of changing habits and alarming level of Pollution and Climatic Change. He added on the need of mass social mobilization for controlling unrestrained waste behavior.
Mr. Sutanu Kar, IAS, Director ILAUS Govt. of West Bengal expressed thanks for such timely initiative mentioning it of factual relevance and essentiality. Reminding on numerous legislations on different Natural Aspects and Management of Waste he stressed that all legislations and initiative are meant for people at large and they can be implemented successfully only by people.
Mr. S. P. Sinharay, Director – Center for Ground Water Studies, Kolkata and a Governing Body member of Sabuj Sangha ended the session abridging all discussions stressing on the need of the project in present day context.
Question and Answer session:
The Q & A session became an interactive session rather remaining a mere Q & A session.
Dr. Sujeet Dongre, Programme Coordinator, CEE with his photographic presentation shared the first hand experience of his trip to Sagar Island and observations. He in an interactive mode tried to elaborate the terminologies “Marine Litter” and “Marine Litter Management”. He then asked all the participants to intrigue upon their own activity and whether it is contributing by any ways to the litter endangering nature and the entire bio-cycle of marine life.
Participants from different corners of West Bengal including vulnerable areas of Sagar Island and Sunderbans attended the Programme and enriched audience by sharing their experience and understanding on Climate Change Adaptation and essentiality of Climate Literacy for restrained Behavioral Pattern in order to develop right practices of waste management, plantation and preservation of bio- habitats.
Teachers of various schools at Sagar, Sabhapati of Panchayat Samiti, Dy. Pradhans of Gram Panchayats and other community leaders from different corners of Sagar extended their gratitude for such initiative on such high time need. They also shared their valuable inputs with regard to sustainability of Climate Change Adaptation measures and retention of knowledge through practice among the population of Sagar Island.
At the closing end all the prime stakeholders, i.e. residents of coastal villages, community leaders, participating and implementing organizations etc. with vowed upon objective implementation of the programme.
The programme ended with valedictory notes by Mr. Saradindu Banerjee, Vice President of Sabuj Sangha.
Purnima is 13 years and Champa is 16 years old girl. Both of them are studying in class VIII in the current academic session, i.e. 2018. They have joined in Nayantara programme at Nandakumarpur; they are very much attentive and studious.
On 30th March, 2018 a joyful event was organized by the center teacher and all other student of Nandakumarpur for celebration of birth day of Purnima and Champa. All of friends of Purnima and Champa had decorated one class room of the coaching center by balloons, flowers and candles. They have purchased one big birthday cake for the celebration.
After finishing of coaching class at 8.30 am all the girls came together in the decorated room and made a circle, Purnima and Champa have cut the cake and gave it to their all friends and teachers. All the girls jointly sang a song “Happy Birthday….”. Each of the girls gave their heartiest congratulations and wishes to their friends Purnima and Champa.
Purnima and Champa along with their other friends enjoyed themselves a lot for the birthday celebration. After the event both Purnima and Champa expressed that; “we will never forget the occasion because this was the first time of birthday celebrated in our lifes”.
CHILDLINE South 24 Parganas (Sabuj Sangha) has been organized a School Awareness Programme on 21.02.2018 at Chakbarali High School under Bhangore-I Block of South 24 Parganas District.
Prime objective of the awareness programme is spreading message on Child Abused (Child Trafficking and Child Marriage etc.) and Child Rights and also CHILDLINE Service (1098). Another most important objective of this activity that addressing vulnerable child through the awareness programme.
Season has been taken by CHILDLINE Team through face to face interaction, Audio-Visual season with Komal Movie. Shearing child core protection cases, leaflet distribution. FAQ has been in the programme.
Mainly we discussed regarding bad effect of Early Marriage, Child Missing & Trafficking and Child Abused. More than 250 students have been aware through this pragrammes.
All participants were excited with such kind of programme. They are committed that in any emergency condition they will definitely call 1098 and shearing the message.
Sabuj Sangha (CHILDLINE South 24 Parganas) has been organized a School Awareness Programme on 22.02.2018 at Jouthia Bowni Vidyapith (H.S) under Jayanagar-II Block of South 24 Parganas District.
Prime objective of the awareness programme is spreading message on Child Abused (Child Trafficking and Child Marriage etc.) and Child Rights and also CHILDLINE Service (1098). Another most important objective of this activity that addressing vulnerable child through the awareness programme.
Season has been taken by CHILDLINE Team through face to face interaction, Audio-Visual season with Komal Movie. Shearing child core protection cases, leaflet distribution. FAQ has been in the programme. Mainly we discussed regarding bad effect of Early Marriage, Child Missing & Trafficking and Child Abused. More than 450 students have been aware through this pragrammes.
All participants were excited with such kind of programme. They are committed that in any emergency condition they will definitely call 1098 and shearing the message.
The Mobile Medical unit which is run and conducted by Sabuj sangha provides services to the four Gram Panchayat of Patharpratima blocks. Banashyamnagar, Brajaballavpur, G-Plot and Shridharnagar, all these Gram Panchayatas are mainly coastal areas of sundarban surrounded by the rivers of Bay of Bengal and so these island gram panchayats are totally isolated from the main lands. This is the reason why the inhabitants of these areas are totally dependent on the village quack doctors for their treatments. These poor people must afford a huge amount of money to go to the distant towns to get treatment from M.B.B.S. passed doctors. Those who are below poverty line are deprived of having good medical services. Keeping all these matters in the forefront of their minds sabuj sangha organizes and conducts free medical camp where M.B.B.S. doctors give checkups and treatments to the islanders. Six health centers in the four gram panchayet areas are held through a big well equipped boat Sabuj sangha possesses. Here, health checkups, medical treatments, medicines and pathological tests are provided with totally free of costs. On January, 2018 total 829 patients are given medical services and 87 among them got free pathological tests as well.
The six centers are:-
1. Monday- Banashyam Nagar Gangar Ghat
2. Tuesday- G Plot Toter Bazar Ghat
3. Wednesday- Shridharnagar Addir Bazar
4. Thursday- Shridharnagar kayaler Bazar
5. Friday- Banashyamnagar Aswini Maitir Ghat
6. Saturday- Brajaballavpur Judhisthir Janar Ghat
Every human being struggles for survival in his/her life, but Saraswati is incomparable. She can say, “Look at me to see, how to combat with life…..”
Saraswati Dolui is a lady of 38 years, presently lives with her mother in their own house at Narendrapur village of Nandakumarpur Gram Panchayt. She is the eldest daughter of her parents and has three younger brothers and three younger sisters. They have only four bighas of cultivable land and her father was a farmer. The family of Saraswati was really poor, as except cultivation in such piece of land there was no other option to her father for earning and it was too difficult for him to maintain their nine (9) member’s family. Even, they spent some days when they didn’t get two square meals. Her mother used to collect leafy vegetable from the neighborhood preparing food. Despite such hardship, Saraswati from her very childhood was growing up along with her parents and younger siblings. She was reading in a school at Narendrapur village and always used to take leadership to guide her brothers and sisters.
Her life turned from the regular track when she was only 14 years old and reading in class IX. Her father arranged her marriage and she got married with Mr. Nokul Mirda, a farmer of Nandakumarpur village. Since her marriage their relationship was not like normal husband and wife, she was being misbehaved by her husband and gradually after six months, her fate went against her. Her married life couldn’t sustain and she was separated from her husband at her 15 years of age. In this situation she was enormously upset yet, returned to her parents. Her husband, after two/three month got married again with a woman of the locality, but Saraswati didn’t.
After few days Saraswati turned up. She could look ahead of her life and thought, she has to walk long way of her life alone. She threw up her dark past and determined to study again. Because she could foresee; doing something in life to stand with own feet minimum education is required. She started tuition of little kids to meet up her educational expenses. Gradually she completed secondary education and then passed class XI. She had dream in her both eyes to complete graduation yet; couldn’t go beyond Class XI due to financial constraint. Again, she defeated by her fortune.
Turning point of Saraswati
Her mother Ms. Sefali Dolui was a member of Self-help group (SHG) in Narendrapur village and was a group leader. She inspired Saraswati to join a SHG and Saraswati knew about the details of SHG from her mother. She joined a group in the year 2001, started saving practice with the earning from tuition and after few days she took the leadership of the group. Gradually, she became quite efficient in group operation, record keeping and financial management. Few days later, she became a member of SHG cluster and simultaneously, associated with the SHG unit of Sabuj Sangha and learnt computer operation. Saraswati gained experience day by day, started holding confidence upon her and always felt, her internal sole was cheering her, “run Saraswati run faster, don’t be defeated in any circumstances”. From this point she didn’t look back, but ahead.
Time rolled as usual, and in 2014 the SHG Federation was registered as “Sundarban Mohila Swanirbhar Gosthi Cooperative Socilty Limited”, which is women owned and women managed and Saraswati became a Board Member of the society. Before such initiative series of training, orientation and handholding support have been provided to develop managerial capacity of the SHG and Federation members. Now Saraswati is much more confident handling any issue of the cooperative society. She guides and inspires other women to be involved in SHGs and makes them aware about the benefit being a member of such groups.
In the mean time her all the younger brothers and sisters got married, separated from her family and stay in other places with their own families. Saraswati’s father died five years back, her mother don’t want to stay with her sons but with Saraswati in her husband’s house. Her brothers’ even sisters never want to know about the well and owe of Saraswati and their mother, but sometimes ask her for financial help. Saraswati with her broad mind-set never minds all such things, but tries to help if possible.
In the same year 2014, Sabuj Sangha established one Bakery unit named ‘Sundarba German Bakery’ at Nandkumarpur with the support of Hansiatic India Forum, Germany opening an opportunity for income generation for SHG women. Some of the SHG women were provided training who manages the production unit and during the last three years they gained considerable experience in producing good quality of bread, cookies, cakes etc.
How Saraswati functions today
The SHG unit is presently being run under the leadership of cooperative society and Saraswati being a board member is solely involved in its functions. She goes house to house of SHG women by bi-cycle for collection of savings and loan repayment amount from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and provides receipt through Prose Machine to each and every individual. She comes back in the office and makes entries of collections by individual name from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm.
Saraswati engaged in collection
After office she comes to Sundarban German Bakery unit and takes breads about 45 pounds in big bags, hangs the bags in the bi-cycle and carries those to supply in shops of different villages around Nandakumarpur.
Entering collection record in computer
Sometimes, Saraswati also assists other SHG women working in the Bakery for packaging/ leveling of breads in her spare times. Presently she supplies breads in 13 shops, also sales as retailer to any family or individual. She covers four villages and travels about 25 kilometers every day in the evening. This service is non-stop and supplies breads 30 days a month. She faces trouble supplying breads during monsoon due to rainfall and as a measure uses one plastic cover to save breads from rain, but never stops. Saraswati is continuing this job with hard labour since last 14 months. Presently she is getting Rs. 3,500.00 for her service for collection and office job and earning about Rs. 6,000.00 to Rs. 7,000.00 against supply of breads. Thus, Saraswati earns about Rs. 10,000.00 per month.
Establishment of the German Bakery has really created a great opportunity for income generation; not only for Saraswati but also for many other women those who are being benefitted from the Bakery. Saraswati, during her daily functions motivates and influences other women to be involved in the Bakery like her to explore means of earning.
Presently, her life has totally changed. She is exceptionally confident taking challenge, has zeal and will-power, highly self-esteemed, happy with her job and she thinks, nothing is impossible if somebody tries hard. Obviously, the success story of Saraswati can be a ‘Role Model’ for others.
“Global Hand Washing Day” was observed in Mahabatnagar Kailashpur Milan Siksha Sadan of Nandakumarpur Gram Panchayat in which the adolescent students of 13 to 18 years age-group, the Assit. Programme Coordinator & other team members of Community Health Prograame, ASHA worker, regional manager of Nandakumarpur, coordinator of water sanitation and Hygiene programme, the Director of Sabuj Sangha and local Gram Panchayat Pradhan were present.
Assit. Programme Coordinator of community health programme facilitated the introductory session and the Director, in his speech, asked participants about the key times of hand washing but none of them could reply properly. He realized, it was because of lack of awareness and he discussed about the significance of the day, why we are observing the day, majority of people don’t know about the importance of hand washing properly, the key times of hand washing and its process. He added, if we wash our hands with soap at key times we can prevent almost fifty per cent of water and vector borne diseases. It was suggested, the health workers should include the issue of hand washing in the agenda of community level meetings with the pregnant women, SHG members, adolescents and others. He questioned the participants, how many of them take bath in pond and majority responded ‘yes’. In this issue the Director elaborated about the ill effect of bathing in the pond because; many people defecate near the pond and runoff water during rain carries excreta into the pond and pollute pond water. Besides; the pond water is being polluted because people washing clothes in the pond, cleaning utensils, using pond water for bathing of domestic animals etc. As such; bathing in the pond causes infection and suffering of several diseases and poor health. Further, he came to the topics of necessity of awareness and education of people especially adolescent girls and advised the adolescent participants that; they should continue their study to be educated for their future because they are the future mother and a child of educated mother never will illiterate. The State Government has created opportunity for girl’s education through its “Kannashree” scheme.
The Gram Pnchayat Pradhan in his speech discussed maintaining regular hand washing practice to keep our health disease free as well as to preserve environment through tree plantation, maintaining cleanliness, abstain from plastic material use and open defecation etc. Later, he wanted to know about the status of bank accounts of the girls under ‘Kannashree’ scheme and ensured, all the girls are getting the benefit of the scheme to continue their study. He added and advised the girls, not to get married before eighteen years of age.
One quiz session was conducted by the regional manager of Nandakumarpur which was enjoyed by all the participants with joy and gaiety. During discussion some pictorial charts on adverse effect of open defecation, mode of communication of bacteria, bad effect of not washing hands properly, scattered disposal of garbage & waste material etc. were used also presented through PowerPoint presentation. The process of maintaining safe water chain was also demonstrated. He also highlighted, because of infection by bacteria, virus and parasite of excreta and using polluted water people especially children suffer most from diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice etc. about 3, 60,000 children die in India every year.
The coordinator of water sanitation and Hygiene programme of Sabuj Sangha demonstrated the process of hand washing along with the local Gram panchayat Pradhan. The programme was ended conveying thanks to all participants.
The Mobile Health Camps are conducted in different locations of far off islands of the operational area every week by the qualified doctor, nurse, paramedic and community health workers. The camp locations are finalized, disseminate information about date, time and service available in the health camp etc. and logistic arrangements are made beforehand. The island people of all categories, pregnant women, lactating mothers access services at their doorsteps. The local Self-help groups (SHGs) closely associated with Sabuj Sangha are also involved in campaign and awareness generation on health issues.
Patharpratima CD Block is bounded by Mathurapur I and Mathurapur II CD Blocks in the north, Sundarbans forests in the east, Bay of Bengal in the south. Patharpratima has 241.9 km of embankments, the 2nd highest amongst the 13 Sundarban CD Blocks. Breaches in these embankments varied from 5.9 km in 2002-03 to 18.8 km in 2005-06. Embankments raised along rivers are of critical importance for the safety of lives and protection of crops, against daily tides and tidal surges. Technologically the embankment structures are weak and there is need of proper drainage of accumulated rain water through sluice gates. Crude cuts in embankments for drainage of accumulated rain water and channels built for providing water to large fisheries (bheris) also add to the hazards. Cyclones and tropical depressions are regular threats.
After through survey of the areas in the remotest part of the Sundarban areas, especially the most interior part of Patharpratima Sabujn Sangha came to know that health support is the vital section what the people of these areas are mostly deprived of. Therefore, the organization took an initiative to operate a Mobile Medical Unit. Presently, the unit is working significantly. Everyday in a week they visit the sites for the mobile health check up and diagnostics with qualified and experienced doctors. Mobile Medical Unit of Sabuj Sangha has become their only and easiest solution to know, diagnose and treat their health hazards.The sites are mentioned below---
Bonoshyam Nagar, Gangapur Ghat
G Plot, Toter Bazar Ghat
Sridhar Nagar, Kayal bazaar ghat
Sridhar Nagar, Rakhalpur Ghat
Bonoshyam Nagar, Aswini Maiti Ghat
Brajaballavpur, Judhisthir Jana Ghat
In July 2017, 998 Reproductive and Child Health Services are dealt with in these areas. 7 cases are provided by the doctors to the mothers and child who are referred to the camp by the ANMs or other local health workers. Some of them attended the camps on their own and they sought services related to the reproductive and child health including ante natal and post natal check ups. In this very month there were 487 cases where treatment and counseling of adolescent girls and women in the reproductive age group were treated. Besides, there were 22 referral of complicated cases. In addition to these, there were 72 diagnostic cases in which investigation facilities like TC, DC, ESR, Haemoglobin, routine urine and stool test occurred.
The number of such cases increased significantly in the next month that is in the August of 2017. In this period of time 1274 Reproductive and Child Health Services are diagnosed and treated by the doctors of Mobile Medical Units. 5 patients attended the camps on their own. 546 cases are handled for the treatment and counseling of the adolescent girls and women in the reproductive age group. There are 1274 curative case of the treatment of minor ailments and minor surgical procedures. There is 23 referral or complicated cases which the registered doctors of the Medical Mobile Unit have dealt with. 88 diagnostic cases in which investigation facilities like TC, DC, ESR, Haemoglobin, routine urine and stool test occurred.
The Mobile Medical Unit experience and struggle with some problems too. They are troubled with the funding problem to access all the things above. They are working passionately and with sheer determination, they long to continue their service as well if they are provided with proper support like necessary medical and medical related equipments, drugs, consumables and logistics and engagement of manpower.
World First Day is an annual observance celebrated on every second Saturday of September. This year World First Aid Day has been celebrated on 14 th of September throughout the world.
In this special occasion, a First Aid Awareness campaign has been organized by Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan, a rural hospital run by Sabuj Sangha, in the remote villages of Sundarban namely…Nandakumarpur Gram Panchayat, Laxmi Janardanpur Gram Panchayat, Herambagopalpur Gram Panchayat and Achintya Nagar Gram Panchayat, for the vulnerable community of these villages. A team of four doctors namely Dr. Jaharlal Samanta, Dr. Antony Mallik, Dr. Amitava Choudhury, Dr. Avijit Patra, was formed to organize the whole programme with the help of other members of Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan.
In those four villages four different events has been held with the local villagers including students of different school, guardians, adolescence girls, members of different self help groups etc. The committee of this expertise doctors discussed many issues regarding first Aid. What is first Aid, Why we should have basic knowledge of First Aid, what next after taking first Aid etc. Various basic but important issues of First Aid what villagers face in their daily life like burning in fire, snake biting( the most common thing in the villages), electric shock, breaking hands-legs, basic viral fever, benefits of breast feeding for the newly born baby has been came out from the participants. The expertise group of four doctors tried their level best to make them understood and acquired basic knowledge to overcome those odds, through different practical activities, demonstration , conversation , questionnaire etc.
In a conversation with the local Gram panchayat , Dr. Jaharlal Samanta, a member of the committee said, “First Aid is not always provided by the medical personnel. In emergency situations, ordinary people often have to provide first aid to save lives.”
Dr. Amitabha Chowdhuri , another member of the committee added, “first aid did not necessarily require prior knowledge and could involve improvisation. However, if the person does not know what they are doing they might cause more harm than good and here lies the importance of such awareness campaign.”
The celebration of the day raises public awareness about the First Aid, how it can saves lives in every day life and during crisis situation. Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan encourages people to learn the basics of First aid training or at least educate themselves practicing any available, reliable sources they have and we believes it can makes a difference to a great extent.
The eyes have it every human being knows the value of his/her eyes. 8th October is observed as world Sight Day throughout the World. Sabuj Sangha run a Hospital Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan. They Organised a health programme on the title Community Health Programme to observe the World Sight Dayof the year on 8th October 2017 at Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan. A free eye check up and operation screening camp was arranged by the health programme committee of Swarnalata Sabuj Seva Sadan where it was total free of cost for the people who had registered their name on the stipulated days. The programme was a great success and had an immense impact on the community as they were very interested to gather in the programme . Many enthusiasts of the community were present in the programme. Who got their eyes check up and tested their eyes for operation screening at totally free of cost . The Camp started at 10 O’ Clock in the morning and went on until 4.30 PM. Two eminent doctor were present and supervised the entire camp. They had tirelessly done their work and handled the people skillfully who had turned up to get the free check up. The Programme and the camp was very successfully done as it is remarkable to mention that 138 person had earlier registered their name on the stipulated dates to ensure their free eyes check up and free operation screening test and among them 119 people turned up in the camp for the entire course of the camp to get the facilities of the programme . They had retired home happily as they got quality check up at the camp among the 119 people who got their eyes check up, 98 patient are prescribed to wear spectacles and 11 patient identified cataract operation as they were diagnosed with far sightedness or hypermetropia or other complications of their eyes. The person who were diagnosed with the complication were provided free medicine from the cam itself.
On 20.06.2017 an induction cum orientation about the finance and program of “New Horizons” project was held at Sabuj Sangha central office (Kolkata) with the presence of save the children (funding agency of New Horizons project).
From save the Children Mrs. Susmita Guha(Project Manager) , Mr. Sujoy Bannerjee (Assistant Finance Manager), Mrs Piyali Sen & Mr Subrato Pal (Project Officers) & Mrs Sangeeta Ghosh (Project Assistant ) & from Sabuj Sangha Mr Ansuman Das ( Secretary/ director Sabuj sangha), Mr. Manas Chakraborty ( Sr. Program Manger), Mr. Sajalendu Deb (Senior Finance Coordinator), Mr. Umar Farooque ( Accounts Officer), Mr. Soumya Sengupta ( Supervisor), Mr. Biplab Brahma ( Project Coordinator) was attend this program and discussed about the financial system of save the children along with the yearly action plan formats briefly. And it was concluded after the meeting that both of the organization will followed the project all finance & program related aspect and findings the challenges and planed the alternative way out in future. Mr Ansuman Das (Secretary/ director Sabuj Sangha) was given the vote of thanks to work together to support for achieving successful implementation of ‘New Horizons” project……
For the month of May-2017
The tea gardens are located in remote places and so, there is no garden hospital. The location of the BPHC is very far from the residences of tea garden workers. When they suffer from any disease, they can’t avail government facilities going to government hospitals as they have monetary problem. They also cannot do hard work for their weaknesses and hypertension due to insufficient food intake except collecting tea leafs. Continuing of the garden owners and the government created such an atmosphere in tea garden areas where primary treatment has remained a distant dream. It is observed that considerable numbers of people are illiterate, especially among the adivasis. That is why they don’t know how to take care of health.
That is why; during this month also we conducted medical camp by MBBS doctor in six (6) mentioned tea garden areas of Madarihat block.
In our mobile medical camps, every doctor has checked the patients very carefully. We have provided different types of medicine to the patients according to their needs.
This month we conducted 26 medical camps in mentioned six different tea garden areas of madarihat block. Total 2347 patients were checked by MBBS doctor and diagnostic tests were done for 160 patients by lab technician. We sent 75 patients to government hospital for higher facilities as referral cases. <
Through our medical camp many patients have cured by taking proper medicine. This month we found different types of patients like; gastro-intestinal problems, hypertension, sugar, anemia diabetes etc. All the time we are trying to provide good services to the patients. Now-a-days all the patients are very happy for getting good treatment. They also thanked Sabuj sangha and Government health department for benevolent services.
For the month of April-2017
In the month of April 2017 we organized medical camp in six different closed tea garden areas of Madarihat Block. Most of the areas of Madarihat block are covered by tea gardens. People of those location, were suffering different kinds of diseases. The most common symptoms for respiratory ailments are fever with cough, weakness, diabetes, hypertension and breathing problem. The major digestive system related symptoms is intestinal gas, pain in lower abdomen etc.
In April 2017 we had organized 23 medical camps in six different places; (1) Dhumsipara, (2) Hantupara, (3) Garganda, (4) Birpara, (5) Dimdima and (6) Kuheli club Tulsipara. Total 2163 patients were checked during April 2017 and among them, 56 were the pregnant mothers, Children with diarrhea were 89 and children with ARI were 54. Blood test done for 154 patients and 47 patients were referred to higher facilities to Government Hospital.
In Dhumsipara tea garden, people were suffering from cold and cough with fever, hypertension and anemia etc. We have provided appropriate medicine to the patients according to doctor’s advice.
In Tulsipara tea garden we have seen most of the patients of this garden were suffering from itching. Itching was found on whole body of the patients. Those patients were suffering for 2 years. They collected medicine from our medical camp. Next time when we visited the itching patients, we found that the problem was cured than before to a certain extent.
In Hantupara tea garden, people were suffering from anemia, diarrhea and diabetes etc. According to Doctor’s opinion, 95 per cent patients were suffering from anemia in Hantupara tea garden. We have given Iron tablets and syrup, Complex tablets to all anemia patients through medical camp.
In Dimdima tea garden area, we found hypertension patients. 90 per cent patients were suffering from hypertension. All patients were aged. Most of the patient’s BP levels were 200/100, 180/110, 160/90 etc. Doctor referred those patients with high BP level to the nearby Government Hospital for higher facilities, even though we have given BP control medicine to the patient through our medical camp according to doctor advice.
Most of the patients of Garganda tea garden area were suffering from Diabetes. The blood sugar levels of those patients have been checked through medical camp by qualified Lab Technician. We have provided sugar control medicine in our camp. Many of the diabetes patients became normal by taking our sugar control medicine.
In April, we have also given family planning counseling to all the eligible couples in six different medical camp locations by GNM nurse, during medical camp. She advised the couples by giving family planning materials.
For the month of March-2017
Madarihat block is situated near the Bhutan border in northern part of the west Bengal. Most of the people of Madarihat Block live in Tea Garden area. Their main occupation is tea garden worker. For the time being, most of the tea gardens of Madarihat block have been closed down due to some technical problem. So, many of the labourers have no income source to maintain their family properly. That is the big challenges to them to overcome this critical situation. People get water through a pipe line, which is connected with Bhutan. The pipes are often damage yet; there is no initiative for repairing either by the Panchayat or by the garden owners. Safe drinking water is very big crisis in the closed and sick garden areas. Men and women even little boys and girls carry water in big polythene jars hanging on both sides of bi-cycle from far sources. Collection of water is the most important issue in their daily life. As such, using unsafe water regularly causes dysentry, diarrhea and other water brone diseases also skin related problem etc.
From 3rd March 2017, Friday, we had started mobile medical camp in six different closed tea Garden areas of Madarihat block under Alipurduar district. We are providing health checkup & treatment services to people through mobile medical camp in six (6) tea garden areas selected by BMOH of Madarihat block. The six tea garden locations are-(1).Dhumsipara, (2). Hantupara, (3).Garganda, , (4) Birpara ,, (5) Dimdima , and (6).Tulsipara (kuheli club) tea garden.
We visited the fields for medical camp in different six places according to microplan, recommended by CMOH. Mobile Medical Camps are conducted for six (6) hours, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It has been observed that; the people of these mentioned tea garden areas are usually suffer from different kinds of diseases like gastro-intestinal problems, hypertension, sugar, anemia etc. People of these tea garden areas are also suffer from few environmental health problems as skin related problem, itching in hand and legs etc. The impact of arsenic poisoning in water is quite visible; the most common symptoms are respiratory ailments, fever with cough, weakness and difficulty in breathing. The major digestive system related symptoms is intestinal gas, pain in lower abdomen etc.
Moreover; the people of that mentioned areas were not getting proper treatment by qualified MBBS doctor, because most of the tea gardens of Madarihet block have been closed. There is only one BPHC hospital in Madarihat block and from our every camp, BPHC hospital is nearly about 15 kms away. People of these areas can’t avail government service due to distance factor also financial constraints. That is why we organized mobile medical camp programme in these six different places, which is under National Health Mission (NHM).
We had conducted 25 such mobile medical camps in March 2017. In these camps health of all the men, women, children aged persons were checked, examined and provided mediines.
During the reporting month, total 1771 patients were treated through our mobile medical camp. Among them, 133 patients received diagnostic tests according to advice of the doctor. 44 patients were referred to higher facilities to Birpara State General Hospital for further treatment. Most of the patients with itching, hypertension, diabetes, cold and cough problems were cured through our camp by getting proper medicine.
Special cares have been provided to pregnant women through different kinds of test like HIV, Hemoglobin, Blood group etc. The pregnant women were also provided medicines to like Calcium, Iron tablets etc. according to doctor’s advices.
This is a very big challenging work to cure the patient in short time through mobile medical camp. It needs long term process. Government should take further initiative to provide more facilities for the patients through medical camp.
Sabuj B.Ed. College, The West Bengal University of Teachers Training, Education Planning and Administration affiliated and National Council for Teacher Education recognized teachers’ training institute for in-service and pre-service teachers of government run secondary and higher secondary schools is an educational wing of Sabuj Sangha, a government accredited non-Government organization, is located at the remotest part of the Sunderban region at Nandakumarpur, Raidighi, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India where it has opened a great scope for the rural youths to get higher education which was previously a mere dream to them because of their distant location from the town.
Despite; having numbers of insoluble adversities, the Honorable Secretary of Sabuj B. Ed. College, Mr. Ansuman Das always introspects for something new and innovative without being afraid to get challenges. This is the reason why some current trends and challenges for education in India strike hard in his mind that; he thought need to be discussed urgently so that, the problems which are some burning issues may highlighted in presence of some nationally renowned professors who set the standards of education for the country.
This is the background of the two days’ National Seminar that was organized by Sabuj B.Ed. College on 9th and 10th June 2017 based on the theme Current Trends and Challenges for Education in India. Eminent professors from several universities throughout the state and the country were present as the prominent speakers of the seminar. In addition to them, teachers and the headmasters from the local schools took part in the discussion. Hundreds of students, research scholars, lecturers, professors and educationists were arrived too. Teacher and student from two African countries Uganda and Rowanda delivered their speeches and participated in the technical question answer session. The teachers, students and education enthusiasts from Ireland who were figuratively nine participated with equal enthusiasm and took their share in the discussion. Besides, a student from the Symbiosis International University, Pune, India spoke his point of view. An officer from Indian Air Force, Panchayet Pradhan of Nandakumarpur village were too felicitated along with the secretary of the college, administrator of the college, the Principals, other distinguished personalities and eminent professors on the stage.
It was a multicultural seminar where education enthusiasts from several parts of the globe as well as several parts of Indian sub-continent were under the same shade for two days to contribute for the betterment of the national and international points of education. They all discussed actively and elaborately on the present situation of education. Many topics were discussed as the sub themes of the seminar such as Digital India and Role of Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Gender Education in India, Globalization in India, Information Communication Technology in Education, Issues and Challenges Concerning Inclusive Education, Issues and Challenges for Teacher Education, Need of Value Education in 21st century, Need for Yoga Education, Policies for Teacher Education, Innovations in Education, Privatization in Education, Teacher Education: A Paradigm Shift, Women Empowerment and Education and other related topics. <
On 9th June 2017, which was the 1st day of the seminar, the first edition of the college magazine “Ankuran” was inaugurated and published just before the commencement of the technical session. This day was highly remarkable as three famous professors from different universities were present as the resource persons. Dr. B. K. Panda, Associate Professor, Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar; Dr. Debabrata Debnath, Associate Professor, Head of the Department, Department of Education, Gourbanga University; Dr. Bijan Sarkar, Associate Professor, Department of Education, Kalyani University were the main speakers for the day. The 2nd day, which was on 10th June, was just the continuation of the first day with the gracious presence of two more distinguished professors; Dr. Usashi Kundu Dey, Assistant Professor, Co-Coordinator, Department of Education, Diamond Harbour Women’s University and Dr. Mrinal Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Bankura who played the role of the speakers. The Irish personnel, the Africans and the student from Symbiosis International University, Pune delivered their speeches after the professors executed their power point presentation, explanation and question answer session. Everybody concerned opined at the end of the seminar that it was completely successful and perfect. Sabuj B. Ed. College, if gets support from the society, can contribute furthermore with this kind of meaningful events to eradicate various types of hazards affecting country’s education structure because they believe that sustainable development is possible only when every citizen of a country is educated.
Sabuj Sangha has observed its 42nd Foundation Day on 12 Dec, 2016 at Nandakumarpur, Mathurapur II block, South 24 Parganas. Some eminent stakeholders were present in the Programme including the GP and block level government functionaries. The MLA of Raidighi Constituency, Ms. Debashree Roy was present in the Programme as a Chief Guest. Other than Mr. SibasankarGiri, President, Mr. Ansuman Das Director / Secretary & Governing Body Member Dr. S.P. Sinha Roy, the other dignitaries who were present were Mr. PutulGayen, Sabhapati, Mathurapur II Panchayat Samity, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Mr. AbdurRauf, eminent social worker, Ex – Karmadhakhya, Dakkhin 24 Parganas JillaParishad, Mr. RajaniBera, Karmadhakhya, Purta and Paribahan, Patharpratima PanchayatSamiti, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Ms. SunitiBhuniya, Karmadhakhya, Naree-o- ShishuKalyan, Patharpratima PanchayatSamiti, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Mr. DilipMandal, JugmaSamashtiUnnayanAdhikarik, Patharpratima Samashti, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Dr. AlokeJaldata, Social Worker and Doctor of DaimondHarbourMahakuma Hospital, Mr. Rabindranath Bera, Pradhan, Digambarpur Gram Panchayat, Patharpratima PanchayatSamiti, Dakkhin24 Parganas,
Mr. AshwiniMidya, Pradhan, Lakkhijanardanpur Gram Panchayat, Patharpratima PanchayatSamiti, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Ms. JharnaSau, Pradhan, Kumrapara Gram Panchayat, Mathurapur II PanchayatSamiti, Dakkhin 24 Parganas, Dr. SandhyaBhaduri, Retired Deputy Director, National Atlas Organisation, Govt. of India.
The Programme has marked with the development journey of the Organisation stated by Mr. Ansuman Das and followed by significant government functionaries deliberating their experience with Sabuj Sangha in line with the development of the area. The Programmehas also experienced the launch of Organisation's Annual report of 2015 – 2016 by the Chief Guest followed by cutting of a cake by her made by the women from the SHGs running a German Bakery in that area. In the evening a Cultural Programme has been observed by the children and adolescents associated with different Institutions of Sabuj Sangha namely the Upper Primary School, Primary Teacher's Training Institute, B. Ed College etc.
On 1st Dec, 2016, Thursday, at 11 am in the morning, the World AIDS Day has been observed in which the workers of Swarnalata Sabuj SevaSadan, doctors, nurses and other people associated with Sabuj Sangha have participated in the Programme. The ANMs (120) of MadhusudanChowk have also participated in the Programme. All the participants have taken part in the rally started from Swarnalata Sabuj SevaSadan and ended at Nandakumarpur Gram Panchayat Office. After that, a discussion and a quiz contest have taken place in Sabuj Sangha campus. Mr. Ansuman Das, Director / Secretary of the Organisation has talked about the significance of the Day and after that Dr. Biswajit Bose has talked about the disease in detail. The Programme ended with an interactive session between the participants, the doctor and the Director.
Recently, Sabuj Sangha has been identified and selected as a Technical Agency by Diamond Harbour Health District for NPCB Recurrent Grant Scheme as per the District Health & Family Welfare Samiti (DHFWS) Meeting Resolution dated 10.11.2016. National Programme for Control of Blindness was launched in the year 1976 as a 100% Centrally Sponsored scheme with the goal to reduce the prevalence of blindness from 1.4% to 0.3%.
Sabuj Sangha has selected for the Mobile Medical Unit in AlipurduarDistrict and the Diamond Harbour Health District, Govt. of West Bengalunder the National Health Mission (NHM) of Government of India.
On 8th October 2016, with joint collaboration of The Hans Foundation and the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Sabuj Sangha observed the "World Sight Day'' through organizing one free Eye Screening Camp at Rural Health & Training Centre (Rural Hospital of the organization) in Nandakumarpur village under Mathurapur II development block of South 24 Parganas. Patients with sight problems were gathered in the hospital since morning and were provided with eye care services. More than 141 patients from two (2) operational blocks were registered in this screening camp. Patients were examined by the doctor, prescribed medicine and advised accordingly.