Community Development

Prior to EMC’s intervention, living conditions in New Market slum were sub-human. EMC, in partnership with key community leaders, persuaded the municipal authorities to provide tube-wells and toilets for the community. Non-formal education, free uniforms, mid-morning snacks, primary health care, immunization, free medical consultations were provided for the children and a weekly clinic was established for pregnant and lactating mothers. Today, the majority of the community’s children are enrolled in mainstream schools. Children who have come through our programs now run adult literacy classes for the women of the community. Men, too, attend separate adult literacy classes started by one of our young workers. An amazing transformation has taken place within this community whose members primarily work as municipal sweepers. Most importantly, the leaders of the municipality have been impressed and now cooperate in  development initiatives for the community.

Similar programs are running at Lakermath and Basirhat.