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  project name ~ Purulia- Community Development

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Purulia- Community Development






Community Empowerment






West Bengal

  Budget Approved


Rs 608034


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Sonali Tamhankar
Soumya Ganguly







This is the school building in Para. They are going to convert this building into a hospital, as they do not have enough funds for a new hospital building. The school will be held in another "kachcha" building. They currently only have some solar lights, which are quite inadequate. This project is to fund electrification of the site.





Nanritam is an NGO run by dedicated professionals from Kolkatta. Their project in Para is quite ambitious, with a total budget of over $250K.

Portland chapter looked at the project and identified a part of the project that we could afford to fund, and which was a top priority for the NGO. This turned out to be the electrification of the site, and the hospital they are building. The village does not have electricity at the moment. The project is run with some solar lights, which are quite inadequate for a hospital, which will house an eye microscope for surgery.

This project was approved unanimously by the chapter. The budget is for getting a connection from the WB state electricity board, doing the internal wiring, and for a back-up generator, which will be a must in a rural WB hospital.


Microscope Funds, Rs. 2 lakh: This project was approved by AID Portland on May 19, 2008. However, funds for this part of the project come from AID Baltimore, who previously owned this part, and the common pool. Please see the "Microscope History" document. The microscope has already been purchased, and the Eye Surgery Center opened in February 2008. 146 Cataract operations have already been performed.





A non-formal school has been started with a present strength of 48 children of 4-7 years of age School building comprises of a single storeyed building with 3 classrooms, a teachers room and a toilet, all very scantily furnished Comprehensive health care provision has been initiated, through local health workers, under the able guidance of trained physicians regular health checkup camps attended by qualified specialists from various streams provision of low cost medicines & spects Cataract surgery camps Arrangements for low cost institutional treatment, surgery & investigations Self employment: The following training programs have been already started: Tailoring Knitting Carpentry Embroidery, Batik & Fabric painting Computer basics Poultry farming





holistic improvement of the life status of the people of Para village bring about a change in the life quality of the people, without affecting their life style & culture. bring about physical, social & moral up-liftment by provision of basic needs of health, education, nutrition & social awareness. bring about improvement of their financial status by making them self supportive, through self employment and self help schemes, by utilizing local resources leaving their normal life pattern & culture unaffected.



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