VITAL is proud to announce it has newly partnered with the Anirban Rural Welfare Society to fund a new project in a community of West Bengal, India. The project comprises of a newly implemented school that provides necessary elementary education to 500 underprivileged children living in rural subsistence farming areas.
People residing in these areas, are mostly farmers with either their own land or work as labourers. They manage their life daily with a "hand-to-mouth" situation. The parents and elders of the community have not received formal education and are many times illiterate so it is many of times impossible for them to provide any formal education to their children especially when they live in abject poverty. VITAL has partnered with Anirban Rural Welfare Society to help bridge this gap by providing education to the children, right from the age of crèche and for as long as they need to study. So far over 180 children have been mainstreamed into formal schools and continue to excel.
The project provides emphasis on children who are not attending school, young girls excluded from education, protecting children form child labour, mainstreaming children into nearby formal schools, recreational activities highlighting their talents and counseling to help children with emotional and behavioural problems. The Anirban Rural Welfare Society also has a coinciding women's trade project.