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How we support the distressed children and people of backward community

  • Exposure visit
  • Organising games and sports.
  • Educating the parents and guardians.
  • Providing books and dresses.
  • Educating the children regarding their role in society.
  • Non-formal schooling.
  • Human Rights awareness programmes involving the target groups.
  • Health check up programmes.

MCCDR for the Lesser Children of Amlasole

Amlasole is a remote tribal village in the district of Medinipur (West) of West Bengal (Block : Binpur No. 2, Police station: Belpahari, Subdivision: Jhargram). The place is 250 km away from Kolkata; the nearest Panchayet office is 23 km away at Banspahari; and it is as far as 26 km from the police station at Belpahari.

The people of Amlasole belong mainly to tribal communities like Savar and Munda. They are out of reach of the mainstream socio-political activities of our society.

The facilities or lack of those in this primarily forest area include a) three tube-wells (dug 2 years ago) as the only source of water, b) no proper roadway, c) no primary health centre, d) no high school, e) only one primary school (where Savar children are socially boycotted because of their origin as hunters whose livelihood depends on the forest where free movement and hunting activities are forbidden by law), f) no electricity, g) no sanitation system.

Life in Amlasole continues without any earning either from land or from some other form of employment. They are occasionally engaged as daily labour wherefrom they earn a meagre amount to sustain themselves, their main occupation consists of collecting pieces of wood illegally from the forest and making ropes with Babui grass (a kind of longer variety of grass). Savars (declared by the then British rulers as one of the criminal tribes) do not know agriculture, neither they possess any land; no effort has yet been put in by any section of the society to aware them of the CULTURE called 'Cultivation'. And only a few years ago "Amlasole" came to limelight for media coverage following starvation death of a few savars.

Education is a term, which is virtually unknown to this part of the Indian society; only a year ago a few individuals (as members of the MCCDR) tried to start a non-formal school for the children of these socially marginalised people of Amlasole. Their mission was to make these children (in particular the first generation of Savars to get exposed to education) aware of the value of education for the betterment of their future life; their vision was to induce self-belief and confidence into them so that they can merge into the mainstream society without much difficulty.

Measures already undertaken by MCCDR include a) making the students as well as their parents aware of the necessity of basic hygiene, b) literacy programme for the children (some of them being able to read and write following our programme), c) generating mathematical acumen through different games, d) introducing mid-day meal for the children, e) organising one health camp for the people in general.

Number of present students of the school is 35.

Future programme includes a) installing proper sanitation system, b) persuading the people so that they can be habituated with this new way of life, c) restructuring the school building which is already in dilapidated condition, d) employing right-minded and trainable persons from the neighbourhood to overview the education programme and to take part in teaching the children (which over and above literacy programme involve training in keeping records for documentation), e) establishing solar power in the village, f) technically empowering the local people to cultivate, in small scale, eatable items and medicinal plants (some medicinal plants already growing in the neighbourhood naturally), g) organising health-care programmes for the local people at regular intervals, h) starting literacy programme for the adult, i) training the adult men and women in different handicrafts for employment generation, j) implementing family planning system after prolonged deliberation with the people.

Main obstacles MCCDR is facing in going into the project are a) lack of human and financial resources, b) lack of initiative (in spite of extreme poverty) of the local Savars in adopting the new ways of life.

Immediate aim of the members of MCCDR is to take total care of the basic primary education and health of these adivasi (tribal) children.

We appeal to all like-minded people to share with us the responsibility of guiding the marginalised people of Amlasole, Jiagaunj and Torshachar to the light of total education (*) so that they can achieve the basic minimum requirements to sustain a moderate livelihood by their own right.

(*) Meaning of total education, we understand: An individual having the capacity to keep himself / herself physically well and being able to earn for his / her own sustenance without interfering into other's world, 'envious' or 'challenged' either, in anyway.

Monitoring and Evaluation

MCCDR has developed an on-going monitoring system to gauge the penetration and quality of its activities in the field on half-yearly basis.

Nature's Mercy

Children given winter dresses

Savars with their well-wishers

Living in hopes

MCCDR in Amlasole School

Self help and learning basic hygiene

Mid-day Meal

Classroom at Prantik
(Informal School), Jiagaunj