AN INFORMAL SCHOOL ADDRESSED TO NIMTALA COMMUNITY CHILDREN
“A mano a mano” project is a “Gocce nell’Oceano Onlus” is project that was established in September 2012 in Italy. It’s an international association who wants to focus its project in a undeveloped area in Kolkata, West Bengala, India. If you would like to volunteer with us, go to the dedicated page and fill the application form. The place where we want to settle our project is in Nimtala area where, along the rail line track, lives the Nimtala Community:
- In this community live around 2000 persons and around 250 are children.
- The conditions in which they live are really bad: almost every hour the train passes inside their houses and it sometime causes accident. Also, near the rail-line, there is the crematory of the city and the burning ghat where the people are brought after dying. So, also the environment around is quite negative and sad and this doesn’t help the child in a healthy growth.
- Most of these children live without any care, without receiving love and affection. They have to beg, take care about the youngest brothers, do housework. They can’t live their childhood.
- Therefore, we want to face this situation creating an informal school where the children can stay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. surrounded by live, care and education.
Kolkata slums: an overview
- India is facing a big change. The race to be at the same level of the western countries and the effort to compete with them, is reaching high levels. The subcontinent wants to do the same progress that western countries did in 50 years in just few years, forgetting that at least 500 millions of Indians live with less than one euro for day.
- Another problem is the huge number of the population that increases everyday and the immigration to the big cities. In Kolkata, every day thousands people arrive from the countryside looking for a good luck and the necessary money to survive and feed their family.
- Once they arrive in the city, they are ready to do everything to help their family: often, they beg, they are involved in pick pocketing, in sexual abuse, in unwanted pregnancy or in a marriage that, too much often, happens before the age of 18 years.
- The society doesn’t care enough about this poor part of the state which includes underprivileged or destitute children, orphan or semi-orphans.
- We want to try to do something for some of these underprivileged children, giving them the attentions, love and care that they need to grew up providing an informal school where they can experience the joy of learning in a lovely and healthy environment.
- The project proposal addressed to 60 children (from 0 to 15 years) and aims to support their education and their healthy growth in an informal school
- Our aim will be to let underprivileged children grow up in a holistic context where someone will take care of their needs, giving them an environment full of happiness and love.
- Through this project, the children will understand that also for them there is another chance in the life: through alternative way of teaching, they will learn how to be satisfied and happy citizens, how to respect the others and the rules.
- Providing educational activities in playful way that will give them the idea that learn is not boring.
- Providing health care and nutritional support.
- Providing tuition for all those that can’t effort these expenses.
Nimtala Community, near The Burning Ghat, Kolkata:
- Informal Kinder garden for the underprivileged children below 5 years
- Tuition classes for the underprivileged children from 5 to 15 years (till class X)
- To provide education encouraging their skills and creating new professional opportunities.
- To teach them English and other subject in a playful, but for them, interesting way.
- To understand and study their personal attitude and accomplish them to the right school or job
- To provide welfare services and free workshops: experts of different sectors will come to explain them some basic principles like personal hygiene care, mental care, pregnancy and menstruation, awareness about some illness like HIV, hepatitis or skin disease.
- To provide, periodically, workshops also for the mothers because they are an important part of the child’s life.
Project’s practical activities
- Educational games for the kinder garden that can teach them some basilar English words, good habits and how to act in the society trough right principles.
- Free spoken English class for anybody who is interested.
- Tuition free for all the children till 15 years who in the morning go to the school, as in the afternoon their parents can’t provide a private coaching or an healthy house environment where they can study.
- Teaching facilities for vocational courses or crafts for skills development.
- Primary healthcare and mental support thank to a mall dispensary that will be in the school.
- Health care for the relatives of the children, with hospitalization if necessary, and for the children of Nimtala community themselves.
- Lunch with a nutritional diet.
- Providing food’s assistance to the families of the children who are facing a bad moment, like the lost of one of the relatives or of the job.
- Providing uniforms for the schools and school’s material. During the Durga Puja, we will distribute some clothes thanks to the donations.
- We will identify 60 children who are in difficult circumstances through volunteers or community’s members.
- We will counsel these children, trying to understand their difficulties and find a good methodology for each child to let him feel at home, in the real meaning of the term.
- We will provide, for those who don’t have it, the admission in private or government school.
- We will have kinder garden in the morning so the children can play and the mothers can be free to do their works and to send the other children to school.
- We will provide for lunch and a small break round 4 p.m. After lunch, the smallest children will start tuition and so do the ones that come back from the school.
Who we need to join the project:
- a cook
- a care giver
- an English teacher
- a medical officer (part-time)
- a coordinator
- an accountant
- vocational trainers (part-time)
Project Budget (In a year):
A) Direct programme cost for one child in a year:
|Item||Total in a year|
|Fooding- Lunch, Tiffin||Rs. 40 X 365 days = 14,600|
|Educational items||Rs. 30 X 12 month = Rs. 3600|
B) Indirect programme cost in a year:
|Item||Total cost in a year|
|Electricity charge||Rs. 400 X 12 = Rs. 4,800|
|Building Rent||Rs. 2000 X 12 = Rs. 24,000|
|Building Maintenance||Rs. 200 X 12 = Rs. 2400|
|Electrical Maintenance||Rs. 100 X 12 = Rs. 1200|
|Maintenance for Cleaning materials, toiletries, sanitation||Rs. 100 X 12 = Rs. 1200|
|Computer, Printing, Documentation||Rs. 100 X 12 = Rs. 1200|
|Staff travelling & Conveyance||Rs. 100 X 12 = Rs. 1200|
C) Running Cost for the personnel in a year:
|S1 No.||Designation/Post||Number of staff||Salaries in Rs. (per month)||Remarks|
|2||Care Giver||1||4000||Full Time|
|5||Medical officer||1||2500||Part Time|
|Total Cost||Rs. 22,500|
Grand Total of Running Cost in a year:
|For 60 children-Direct Cost||Rs.18,200×60 children||Rs 10,92,000|
|For 60 children-Indirect Cost||Rs. 36,000||Rs. 36,000|
|For 6 Personnel||Rs 22,500×12 months||Rs 2,70,000|
|Total (in a year)||Rs. 13,98,000|