Women's College, Calcutta

Women's College, Calcutta

P-29, Kshirode Vidyavinode Avenue,
Kolkata - 700003

Srijan Centre for Community Welfare

Srijan Centre for Community Welfare- A unit of WOMEN'S COLLEGE, CALCUTTA

(Registered under Societies Act No. S/IL 28744 of 2005-2006)

The community development centre SRIJAN, an offspring of the college, started on 9th July 2003 and registered as an NGO on 18th April 2005. It works ceaselessly for the cause of the destitute children of the neighbouring slums. The children registered with this NGO are nurtured throughout the year by active services and funds generated from the teachers and students of the college. It had started its journey as a weekend school for the neighbouring slum children, with the college students as trainers. Srijan provides various cultural training to the children such as dance, music, elocution, painting etc. They are also provided with books, stationery, school uniforms and refreshments regurarly. Regular health awareness and health check ups of the children of "Srijan" alongwith their mothers by experienced medical personnel. "Srijan" tries to promote health and education of slum children and develop health and hygiene awareness of their mothers through need based schemes.

The college as part of its community welfare services started Srijan Centre for Community Welfare on July 9, 2003. The objective of this scheme is to ameliorate the poverty-stricken condition of the children residing in the neighbouring slum. It was further registered under Societies Registration Act in April, 2005.

Members:

Sanghita Bhattacharjee (Secretary)

Dr Dipti Chakrabarty

Rituparna Gangopadhyay

Dr Debamitra Kar

Rakhi Banik

Dr Debarati Dutta Mukherjee

Objectives

1. To bring the street children of our neighbourhood into the mainstream through various extension activities.

2. To incorporate awareness among students about their responsibilities towards the society

3. The NSS wing of the college acts towards streamlining different activities involving students of our college and the children of Srijan.

Activities Highlighted

  • The children of Srijan participate in college Sports, NSS week and the Annual Program of the college and are given a platform to participate in unification with our students.
  • The children regularly exhibit their hand-made artefacts within the college campus.
  • Excursions are held every year that include places like Nicco Park, Birla Planetarium, Museum, Eco Park etc.

 

For more information on earlier activities - Click Here

 

 

Activities during Pandemic

The challenges faced by the organisation during the COVID-19 as well as the lockdown following it has been tremendous. The class distinctions and unavailability of employment as well as other resources during the same have led to numerous issues that hinder the safety as well as the holistic development of young minds. Srijan as an organisation has been working relentlessly towards providing young children with these basic resources. Welfare services such as education, health, in addition to hygienic conditions have never been more required than during the COVID-19 crisis.

Further, a devastating fire at Hajar Basti on Wednesday 13.01.21 added to this already volatile situation, leaving all the people homeless.

Srijan in collaboration with the other staff at Women’s College, Calcutta has been involved in rehabilitation programmes ever since.

Srijan’s engagement in rehabilitation programmes following the incident has been reported below:

Day 1 (14.01.21)

In a drive to stand beside the destitute people of the slum, Srijan Centre for Community Welfare distributed food, clothes, blankets and other winter garments necessary for subsistence. Teachers and non-teaching staff of Women’s College, Calcutta, teachers of Srijan Centre for Community Welfare and a few children of Srijan volunteered in the distribution process.

Day 2 (18.01.21)

Our second drive was to target all women (stationed at the college) aged 12-48. Sanitary napkins and other hygiene products like soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and detergent were distributed to 300 beneficiaries, many of our students came together to contribute and assist.

The Way Ahead

Our future plan is to target the population of the basti with special focus on the children. This picture of the little girl trying to dig out her books from the burnt pile is enough to understand the plight of the children in the basti. Being an academic institution, our sole motto is human capital accumulation. Education directly correlates with many solutions to poverty. It can directly impart skills and knowledge associated with higher wages. Srijan has been working towards this goal since its conception in 2003. The organisation would help the people move towards a better life through such opportunities.

Srijan seeks to contribute towards the wellbeing of this young demography not only in areas of education, health and standard of living but also in small engagements which provides children a platform to interact in a safe environment. A smile on these young faces can make their lives as well as ours brighter.

Srijan Report

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