The main idea behind PUSTAK is to help and support the underprivileged children of our society. With the concern and recommendation of the local government affiliated primary school teachers we have selected 60 students from all the local government affiliated schools in and around the above mentioned areas. We collect donation and sponsorship from local community people and till now it’s their financial support with which we are running this sponsorship program. For the last three years we are providing every kind of upbringing support and requirements to these set of children. Periodical interactive sessions are being held with them as it helps us to monitor their progress. We have a care giving centre where we take regular sessions with the children. In addition to that we also organize different Non Formal Training workshops for the children. Also different playing and activity schedules are being held with them. We also organize exhibitions/stalls during the festive seasons. The profit that we generate goes directly to the program. We also have notions to implement computer aided interactive sessions in our program, so as to make them slowly acquainted with the latest technological world.
The justification of running a sponsorship driven socio cultural
upbringing support program in Kidderpore area is justified by the
socio economic condition of Kidderpore itself. Kidderpore is surrounded
by the Kolkata Port, three grey markets, one large domestic goods
market and a red light area. Historically this boundary features
have attracted migrated people (some from other parts of India and
some from Nepal, Bangladesh) and their family to this locality.
According to our empirical survey majority of the children of these
families goes to the local government affiliated schools for their
primary education. It’s true that they do have a very nominal
charge in their school but in addition to that there are other accessory
costing too. Most of the times the parents are not able to provide
this additional costing. In addition to this when the children complete
their primary education and goes to the secondary school, a hefty
amount is required for admission. In this context the parents fail
to provide the money and the child gets dropped out from the school.
As a consequence of this incidence the child directly gets absorbed
in the local shops or in markets as petty daily earning labor.
Sense: classes provided by Program Educators and Special thanks
to the Genpact Employees, which as a part of their Organisation’s
Socio-Cultural Programme has tied up a relationship with Our Programme
by giving their full support and helping hand at all times. Every
Saturday, they spend some valuable time with Our children by taking
classes, telling stories and other value addition topic discussions.