Our foremost objective
is to make better world for the poorest of the poor kids and women. Through our
many projects we connect many poor children and women as possible. We have
different projects for the benefits of the poor kids and women.
SHIKSHAN (Non-formal Educational Centre) PROJECT:
The project serves the underprivileged children of slum areas in the age group of 3 year to15 years. It was launched in April, 2006 to meet the needs of one of the most vulnerable and deprived groups of people, those living in the slum areas and have no predictable pattern and no voice in society.
In the urban slum areas mostly the men are engaged in day labor and in most of the cases women are fruit, flower and vegetable sellers or maid servants. The meager income barely allows families to survive: they live in tents, huts, basements or share part of a room with other families. Typically children in these slums are the first in their families to attend a school.
The SHIKSHAN Project supports these children by providing them the facilities of education, including a proper learning environment and a group of teachers. We teach Basic Mathematics, Languages (English, Bengali and Basic Hindi), Social Science, General Knowledge; in addition, drawing and crafts training are also provided for them. We also teach exercises for physical fitness. Students also receive free medical support as needed. Students also receive special classes to develop their skills in English reading and conversation.
Crawl has two different schedules for the school. The morning school teaches children of ages five to 15 while mid-day school focuses on children of ages three to five years old.
Sponsors may help students without needing to volunteer with Crawl. From our SHIKSHAN Project we find suitable children who would benefit from a formal education. We then look to match them with sponsors who could sponsor that child’s education for a year at a time. The cost to the sponsor varies with the age of the child, the child’s ability, and the school that the child will attend. The cost usually ranges from 1000 Indian Rupees per month to 1500 Indian Rupees per month (about $23.00 to $34.00 U.S. Dollars per month).
Crawl relies on its volunteers in India to establish contact between the student and the sponsor through the computer project described below.
The computer project now runs on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. When we have suitable volunteers we have the children learn computer skills. Crawl has a computer and internet connection but we always need willing volunteers to run this program.
Children learn basic skills on the computer. In addition, sponsored students have the opportunity to write short notes to their sponsors to establish a rapport with the person who is helping them.
PATHASISU UNNAYAN (Street Kids Benificial) PROJECT:
The PATHASISU UNNAYAN Project provides educational support, food, cloths, and medical treatment for the poor children and lactating mothers who live on the street. This Project runs at Sealdah and Dumdum Junction Railway Stations (railway stations are common places for street people to live). During this program we clean the children, supply a breakfast, and give basic education to each of them. In addition we try to vary their experiences through drawing, games, exercise etc. We also provide cloths to these needy kids during certain times of the year.
As some volunteers work with the children, others with medical training provide free medical treatment (wound care) to all the station dwellers regardless of ages. The street people wait for wound care help as many of them have no other means of getting any kind of medical support. In some situations Crawl also fills prescriptions for the street women and children.
MAHILA SHACHETANATA (Women Awareness) PROJECT:
This is an education and leisure skills project. Classes teach the women who live in the slum various topics that could benefit them, from nutrition, to understanding illnesses, from family planning to child rearing. As these women spend much of their lives caring for others, we try to provide them some fun activities too. We have spa days or games like Bingo for prizes so the women have some element of friendship and fun in their lives.
SWANIRVAR (Self Help Group) PROJECT:
This is a handicraft project where the women learn to make bags or jewelry and then Crawl tries to sell their products. Crawl then divides the proceeds equally among all the women. Crawl pays for all of the materials but all of the proceeds from the sale of the products go directly back to the women.
This is the newest and the most struggling of all our Crawl projects. Presently we have a few flat dogs for which Crawl provides vaccinations and tries to care for as best as we can. Presently this is not a well-established project but as we secure a proper building for the dogs and volunteers who are willing to help the animals we hope that this project will become better established and will provide greater benefit for the dogs.