We started journey on 9th June 2008, Initially organisation took ventures to animate students of State Schools & Kendriya Vidyalayas. As Society’s mission is to instill a connection and commitment to the environment in people of all communities through animated students – who shall understand that development should be sustainable for the survival of nature – & play a critical role in making this World a better place to live in. We also taken an initiative to restore mangrove-vegetation through extensive plantation and has engaged a number of dedicated islanders in Sundarban.
During this journey we realized the crisis in health sector among the forest villagers of Sundarban. Thus we took initiative to start Health Intervention and awareness program there with the support of Oil India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited and ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited). As cost of awareness is negligible compare to intervention, in viewing that we organize regularly health related seminars at our own raised fund.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation) each year thirteen lakh children died in India mainly due to diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, malnutrition etc. This can be reduced sharply by exclusive breastfeeding. But unfortunately a large number of newborn babies are deprived from this life saving super food due to lack of proper awareness of mother and her family. In viewing we organized seminars on Breastfeeding in our project area in collaboration with world breastfeeding week Celebration Committee; Conveynor: Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag.
We are running several low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing units where a number of needy women are earning their bread. We are also distributing sanitary napkin in free of cost among the adolescent girls and women who are 1st time user so that they can also lead a dignified and hygienic period which they deserve. This jouney begins with three sanitary napkin manufacturing units in Ashokenagar, Dumdum and Sundarban where a number of self-help-groups are manufacturing pads. One major problem is that in India atleast 60 million napkins are not disposed properly. So keeping in mind the problems related to solid waste, 80% of the raw material used to manufacture pads is biodegradable. To start this project, we got financial assistance from ONGC.
In the last 2 years covid pandemic, lockdown and consequent shutdown of schools has left students, especially the children belonging to families below the poverty line with very poor academic performance. In fact the situation prevailed in remarkable dropout cases, many children ended their dreams as daily wages/ brickyard worker/ tea-stall helper/ maid-servant. Condition of girl-child is more alarming, child marriage has remarkably increased which is not good sign for the Nation. What about the passed out students? inflated marksheet with almost no practical knowledge and survival education, students are struggling to get soil under their feet. Unfortunately ‘Digital Divide’ is very prominent here.
Thus to bring the ray of hope to these deprived children Aranyaj Society has officially initiated our optimistic project ‘PATHSALA – The Unstoppable Spirit’ on 5.9.2020. We cannot watch & figure out how many children are sacrificing their dreams & how many children are starving till their last breath!
Friends, with the support from our philanthropists and donor members now we are running successfully 20 such Pathshalas where around 500 children of age group 5 years to 10 years. The main USP of this project is its implementation strategy. We focused on two factors:
- Survey: before starting any PATHSHALA (a small school) our survey team meets the parents and does need assessment.
- Monitoring: After starting Pathshala we conduct strong monitoring with coordinating the survey team.
Now we are aiming to build our dream English medium school where 5000 underprivileged children will get modern and contemporary education as well as nutritional support. We dream to educate them about forest, ecology, environmental crisis and climate science. We
already got 1 bigha land and a half-made building from local government authorities. Initially for this session we are going to start the school with 150 children. And we have a plan to build a new building besides the old building where we can accommodate thousands of children to pursue their dream. For this Himalayan task we need your support. So friends come forward and lend your helping hand to build the future of our own Sundarban.
Aranyaj-“Aranyaj Society For Educational And Environmental Development“ is a non-profit, Voluntary, Tax Exempted, 80G & FCRA registered organization, founded by a group of dedicated social workers for a greener- balanced – equal planet for all where not a single child is malnourished and deprived from education and development is sustainable where human and other species can live in harmony.
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