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Community Development: Changing Lives

Jyoti Mallick was one of the children enrolled in our local community development project. Her family belonged to the ‘Harijan’ or ‘untouchable’ community and both parents did menial jobs for the municipality.

After Jyoti started attending the NFE (Non Formal Education) classes, she showed good progress. Initially she was negative in her responses and not very sociable in her behaviour. The teachers and project workers invested a lot of time and befriended her. Her interests in the activities of the projects and her classes grew rapidly. She developed an added interest in learning the Hindi language and regularly attended scripture classes as well.

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A Railway Platform Child Gives Back

Raja Das was a boy we discovered on one of the main railway stations of Kolkata. This particular project operates on the platform itself and serves as a drop-in center for children who are lost, addicted and abandoned. This platform had been Raja’s home after he had been discarded by his father and step mother. Distressed and lost, he had traveled from his home far away and ultimately arrived at this railway station.

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