From the Secretary

Tinku on his Motorcycle

Tinku on his motorcycle

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

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