Hello again from Purulia. Here is what is going on in October.
In Purulia October is special as the time when peoples’ minds turn to marking Jita Puja, the festival of family. However, in West Bengal and the whole of India really, people spend the whole month preparing for Durga Puja, which lasts four days and starts here this year on 18th October. In Dabar we finished the repair work on our school buildings. We are also having to face up to a disappointing harvest and future problems with our water provision. Lastly, Sundays at the school are busier than ever. Read more →
There has been a long gap since our previous Post but, at long last, here is one for August. A lot has been happening. August is always an important time for everyone here because it is when we concentrate on agricultural work. The monsoon blessed us with good rainfall this year so the farmers in our village are hoping for a good harvest. The rains just about filled the ponds, which are so important to us, both for daily life (for washing, bathing and cleaning) and also for Pujas, spiritual occasions and family events. In August each year we honour Ma Manasa Puja and celebrate Independence Day. In Dabar this year we also built a new dining hall, repaired the storm damage at the school and are doing what we can about the health problems that followed on from the previous months of drought.
After months of drought and weeks of severe heat, with temperatures regularly over 50 degrees Centigrade, we finally got some good rainfall. The earth, the plants and animals were all thirsting for a drop of water. Unfortunately, when the cool, moist air finally arrived it reacted with the hot earth and so the first rains came in the form of violent storms driven by strong winds. In just a few minutes we lost the roofs of two buildings at the school. Since then everything in nature has cooled down because the rain has been falling steadily, just enough each day so that the earth can absorb it without flooding. Now the land everywhere looks green and the farmers are starting their agricultural work again. Read more →
In this post we are focusing our attention on the Village Bank. This wing of our Foundation has been helping many villagers quietly behind the scenes.
In fact our Village Bank is different from the usual commercial banks we are all familiar with. Its purpose is to help local villagers with small loans when they have come to a time of crisis in their lives or else to help in starting up a new small business. Read more →
First of all we would like to say how much we appreciate the recent blog published by Prabhatalloi Inc in Australia. We echo all their thanks and congratulations to you all.
Here in Purulia our summer hot season is fast arriving in its full intensity. Although it is now only just knocking at the door we can already see its effects everywhere, mainly because we had such poor rainfall in July in August. Read more →
Now Holi, the festival of colour is over, we would like to publish a special posting because our new Boys Hostel is finished. The original four plus seven more new boys have moved in to start living there this week. Read more →
As we have in each of the last five years, we celebrated a sports meet at our school. The kids were very excited and enjoyed it very much. It took place over two days, on the 6th and 7th February. Read more →
In our last blog we told you about some of the work we did last year. There were some ups and downs but in the end the year 2014 turned out to be a good one for PAF and PAI.
I’d like to invite Robin Atkinson, Shivanii, Robyn Ramsey and any other PAI members to send us material for our blog. If there is anything you would like to share or discuss then please do send it to us so we can publish it. Read more →
First of all I would like wish a Happy New Year to all of our friends in India and abroad. And we at Prabhatalloi Foundation have been pleased to spend another year working hand in hand with Prabhatalloi Inc in Australia.
I would like to take this opportunity to look back over the year 2014, both to tell you what we have achieved and also about our disappointments. Read more →
1] Two women journalism students came from Kolkata with their parents to make a documentary film on Chhou dance. They stayed for two days with us in our guest house. They interviewed Robert, who did his research on Chhou dance when he was at SOAS, and Kiritida, who is an expert on Bengali culture. We also arranged an interview with the famous Chhou guru Dhananjan Mahato who lives not too far away. They also interviewed Doktor, who stays in our Hostel, who is five years old and is already a very fine Chhou dancer. Read more →