Project Goals for 2014

In this Post we’d like to tell you what our goals are for this year, 2014, and what we have achieved so far, up to June.  During this time there have been eight major new projects on the go!

1] Project Management Training for the Villagers.

Sponsored by Laura and Nick. The skills we developed are being put to good use. So the investment has already started to pay dividends and will continue to do so. For example, one result has been improvements to the road through the village. We cleaned it up and repaved the surface with the whole the village contributing both financially and in doing the work. We also managed the Government seed distribution programme. We as a community arranged the request, delivery and equitable distribution of seeds to be used this year’s harvest.

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2] Building a guest house for Pabhatalloi Foundation members, guests and other visitors.

Completed. This should be a real asset for us. We can  better accommodate our very welcome overseas guests and also offer a place to stay for our visiting dancers, artists and musicians.

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3] Extending the Water Supply from the Guest House to the School.

Completed. We needed to drill a new bore well to supply filtered water to the guest house. So we decided to increase the capacity of the tank and extend the pipes so that the school children could also get good water.

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4] Diabetes Testing Machine.

Completed. Rachel in Australia surprised us with a welcome donation which we used to buy this equipment for the medical centre. Thanks Rachel.

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5] New Project: Improving the Water Quality in Dabar and surrounding villages.

Seeking funding. We will look at the ponds, wells and pumps the villagers use for their supply and improving the quality of this water at its source. We will then also consider how the water is stored and used once it has been carried into the home to see if any improvements can be made there. To have good water is so important to good health. Bad water causes health both directly and also indirectly by making people less resistant to other ailments.

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6] New Project: A Local Ambulance Service

Seeking Funding. There is no ambulance service available to people in local villages, private or public. So when there is an accident or medical emergency people have to hope that someone is available who can bring them to hospital in Purulia town. Also, the people in local villages have never been able to use the main hospitals as outpatients. If we can get an ambulance we can both save lives and also obtain timely treatment for ailments before they become chronic.

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 7] New Project: Computer Training Project.

Seeking funding. We want to start a regular series of six month courses,  aimed at our young people, which will give them the IT skills to compete in the job market. This proposal came from the young people themselves and to acquire these skills will be of lasting benefit to them.

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8] New Project: Training in Computerized Accountancy Package

In the office our staff are learning how to use a computerized accountancy package called Tally. This will save a lot of time in preparing our Foundation accounts. Tally is very widely used by small and medium sized businesses in India and there is a shortage of people with experience in it. So we will try to get outsourcing work from local companies in order to bring in extra income to our Foundation.

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From the Secretary

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From Village Dabar, near Purulia town in West Bengal

We are a small NGO in its fourth year of existence. We are working to better the health, living conditions and prospects of the people who live here in Dabar and villages nearby. We also do what we can to promote our ancient culture, especially the song and dance.
This is our first Post to this Blog. That we could install it and run it ourselves is thanks to the continuing encouragement and generosity of our friends and sponsors , in terms of both time and money.  Just a month ago we certainly did not have any of the knowledge, software or equipment necessary to build this site. The intention is to supplement the direct personal contacts we already enjoy with many of our supporters, to provide a wider readership with news and project updates from our perspective here in West Bengal.
Many of our supporters abroad do keep in touch with us  (and each other) directly via phone and email media, or by using Facebook. But at the same time we would like to extend our network and at the same time provide more news and photographs than we can individually.
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Shanta Mahato is an experienced nurse who will now also take on the role of Content Editor for this Blog

Find our more about our staff on the Our Staff page. The Projects page will tell you more about our current ongoing projects.

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We opened our primary school almost 4 years ago to cater for the poor and excluded children here. For some it is the only schooling they get.  For others it provides a needed boost to their confidence and skills which gives them a chance to do better in the state school.

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The Gong sounds. School is finished for the day
We are selling more of our locally produced cloth, clothing and women’s products, even in Australia now, which means the women making the goods not only receive real additional income but also derive a deserved sense of pride at having made products that other people want and will buy.DSCN2644Women’s Self Help Group planning some new designs
And we are starting some new projects. For example, the Indian government granted us some money which helped to fund repairs to the road running through the village.  If nothing else, it had become unsanitary.  Carrying out the work meant some welcome extra income for the villagers who helped carry out the work and the results have benefited everybody.p8.jpg


Villagers repairing the road through Dabar
We are building a guest house on the school grounds, which has meant digging a new bore hole well and installing a water purification system. This new water supply is already fully funded because it was meant to provide a supply to the new guest house. But we are seeking some additional funds so that we can also extend this new clean water supply to the school. That way better water will be conveniently available to the school children.
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The new guest house is on track to be completed in June
And we just got funding from Australia to pay for a diabetes diagnostic machine, which will be especially helpful to the people we support in the Leprosy Village. From that money there will also be some left over to help buy some medicines for the village. This will certainly help alleviate the short term crisis. But we do need to find reliable funding for the longer term too, because the government has reduced its aid so drastically.
 Finally, we are seeking funding for two very important and substantial new projects. Firstly, we wish to run a course to develop computer skills, a course which our young people themselves have urged us to provide. Secondly, we want to find ways to improve the shared water used by all our villagers, both in terms of having a convenient, reliable source of clean water and also examining how it could better be stored and used once carried into the homes.
Sanjay Kumar Mahato (Tinku)
Secretary
Prabhatalloi Foundation