For a better tomorrow of the children of Burdwan
This project works for the holistic development of the tribal communities in Burdwan district in West Bengal through education. Around 150 children from Ranisayer, Dhobaru, Farakidanga and Tilaboni villages in Kanksa Block are directly provided education under this project. Parents of these children are mostly farmers who have small land holdings and are dependent on others’ land for livelihood.
Due to lack of education facilities in the community, children earlier had to travel 4-6 kms. amid dense forest to reach the nearest school. This led to many kids skipping school and losing interest in studies, and eventually dropping out.
The project focuses on making the community aware about the importance of education. Children coming to the centre are provided with educational support for continuation and successful completion of their formal schooling. Healthcare and supplementary nutrition are integral part of the project.
The project has helped in minimization of school drop-out rate by 5%. It has also led to an increase of attendance among the students by 80%. Community members, especially the mothers are now informed and aware about nutrition and hygiene.
Smile Foundation has partnered with Socio Economic Reforms by Voluntary Efforts (SERVE) for this Mission Education project.
About the Partnership
Socio Economic Reforms by Voluntary Efforts is a community based organization that has been in operation since 2003. SERVE aspires for a society based on peace, justice, gender-balance, equitable & sustainable sharing of natures’ gift and ensuring life with dignity. It is committed to build capacity of the grass root communities; so that they are empowered to lead a right based participatory development process. It operates from Trilokchandrapur in the Burdwan district of West Bengal.
- Mr. Subroto Dey, Secretary, SERVE
"Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them. We are thankful to Smile Foundation and Mission Education for holding our hand in helping educate these young deprived children and escalating the progress of the whole community.”