Background in brief:
Initially, the organization took ventures to animate students of State Schools & Kendriya Vidyalayas (under the project EAS and ‘GREEN MISSION’). 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. In addition to that Aranyaj Society started an education cum vocational course and cultural training center at a slum of Kolkata to extend education, nutrition, health services, and healthy culture among the slum dwellers. In the year 2009 Society conducted a Mass Awareness Camp in Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata; where ~ 2000 students & ~ 200 teachers participated under the guidance of 10 Environmental campaigners. This sensitization camp helped ~ 20,00,000 zoo
visitors to realize the objective of the zoo as well as what to do & whatnot. Our Hon’ble C.M. Smt. Mamata Banerjee appreciated the endeavor. From the same year, the society is taking the school students of Kendriya Vidyalaya for Eco-Education program in the different forest areas of Bengal with the collaboration of Dept. of Forest, Govt. of West Bengal. During this journey, we realized the crisis in the health sector among the forest villagers of Sundarban. Thus we took the initiative to start a Health Intervention and awareness program there.
We are grateful to Oil India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, and ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited) for giving us financial assistance for arranging Health camps in Sundarban. We arranged free health check-ups, medicine distribution, eye check-up with spectacle distribution followed by awareness camp, roadshow & seminar in different schools/locality/islands among the students or forest villagers. As the cost of awareness is negligible compared to intervention, in viewing that each health intervention program was coupled with relevant seminars.
We are running several low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing units where some needy women are earning their bread. We are also distributing sanitary napkins free of cost among adolescent girls and women and continuing KAP (Knowledge-Attitude-Practice) &MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) program so that underprivileged women can also lead dignified and hygienic periods which they deserve.
Although ‘Cleanliness’ is a very important component of our Green Education Programme, from 2014 we are organizing more seminars and field activity on ‘SWACHH BHARAT MISSION’ and “Beti Bachao Beti Parao” – a mark of respect to the dream project of our Hon’ble P.M.
From the year 2015, we are conducting a Seminar on ‘SAVE OUR SUNDARBAN’ to bring forward the socio-economic-environmental crisis of the world’s most beautiful mangrove delta. The effort had been appreciated by our former Hon’ble Speaker of Parliament Smt. Sumitra Mahajanji, former Hon’ble Governor Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC).Petroleum and Natural GAS, Govt. of India, former Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Late Shri Anil Madhav Dave, & other dignitaries.
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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