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  project name ~ Jagriti

category ~ education - child




  Project Name





Street Survivors



education - child






West Bengal

  Budget Approved


$ 1000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Mokshay Madiman
Ex-Boston Volunter











The proposed funding is intended to both sustain the existing “school-as-support-system” model, as well as to extend this into the second phase of an alternate empowerment strategy for the rural poor. The project seeks to combine access to elementary education with primary health-care within the Burwan Block of 200 villages in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. Where the government’s primary health infrastructure has collapsed, long-term preventive community health strategies can only evolve if emergency and short-term curative services begin to handle common health problems in the area.
For both segments of the proposed project, funding support over the next 3 years will significantly promote sustainability. In so far as the school program is concerned, from 2005 on, a Corpus Fund assembled over the last decade should begin to yield an annual income enough to meet at least the basic running expenses indefinitely. The primary hospital project too is planned to be cost-effective, and should begin paying most of its recurring costs by the end of this period.










Over the last eleven years, Street Survivors India has worked at developing and running educational support systems for out-of-school disadvantaged children. We strongly believe that: • Working children and their families deserve respect. The right to survive with dignity is as important as skills & information necessary to earn a living wage. • Long-term strategies must be built in close contact with the circumstances in which families survive. • Working children have a strongly developed individuality and must be allowed to participate actively in the search for solutions. • Mere literacy is not enough for children who labour because the alternative is often starvation. The relevance of education in daily life must be demonstrated through support services tailored to meet their educational, nutritional, health and vocational needs. Flexible solutions: The importance of this approach is underscored by the current crisis of our formal education system. Rising dropout rates constantly remind us that existing schools are beset by poor facilities, irrelevant curricula, inflexible school-going ages, timings,and poorly trained teachers. Moreover education is irrelevant to the daily lives of countless children and does not provide employable skills. Vicious cycle: For the poor, the opportunity cost of such education is unaffordable if they weigh the income potential of a child against any tangible benefit of being educated. Over the years, this situation has spawned an enormous backlog of illiterate adults who see less value in education per se and depend more on their children’s income. Micro-planning: We feel that the plea of inadequate resources cannot justify the dubious benefit of spreading existing monies so thinly. There is an urgent need for exercises in micro planning. Build few projects, build them well; and if they work, build more when you have the money. In our own small way, this is precisely what we represent.



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