Last updated 19/8/19 at 10:19 AM
Improving standard of life and economic welfare of people living in rural areas
NFE Centre under IPWWC at Hanuman Nagar Basti, Narengi
It all began on a chilly winter day in December 2015 when we stepped at Hanuman Nagar Basti (Slum), Narengi in a motive to distribute warm clothing to the disadvantaged Children, Women and Men. As you might imagine the unhealthy living conditions, ramshackle houses, impoverished people, using drain water, open defecation, Alcoholism, Substance abuse, amoral behaviors etc. Subsequently, we visited numerous times and conducted community awareness programs on WASH, MHM, Importance of Education etc. and organized several health camps. Gradually we came to know of their livelihood through household surveys and interactive sessions. Children living in the Slum were found with certain behavioral disorders and most of them were found to be School dropouts or never been to school. Most of the Children were engaged in Rag picking and household activities. Since then we began intervention for the development of the Women and Children in the Slum. We began single meal programs and serve a single regular ‘Full Course Meal’ to satisfy them who desire to eat a Nutrient-rich and delicious meal. But the motive behind the program is an enticement to attract people to learn life skills for full involvement in their daily life. We often conducted open air school sessions and saw Children being attracted to education one after another.
Consequently, on July 1, 2019 we formally announced and launched our Integrated Program for Welfare of Women and Children, where we opened a Non-formal Education Centre to assist Women and Children with limited accessibility to improve their quality of life. The Program focuses on Nutrition, Education, Women Empowerment, Women and Children Health, Community Awareness and providing Basic essential supplies. A makeshift room for regular classes is constructed temporarily.
Now we have 11 regular students (and counting on) whom we provide daily breakfast, educational supplies, clothes and uniforms, daily basic essentials etc.
Being activity based learning and experiential learning the topmost priority, Education on Basic Assamese, Basic English, Basic Maths, Environmental Studies, GK and Current Affairs, Drawing, Performing Arts etc. are also imparted.
It’s a mission to make Children HAPPY, HEALTHY and LEARNED.
Archana Borthakur, Founder, Priyobondhu
Liberating Women and bringing smiles to the faces of deprived Children
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