Rural Activities - 2018-19
Educational help amounting to Rs. 39,950/- was given by the headquarters to 26 students of Bhurkul village, Hooghly district, while 200 kg of milk powder worth Rs.52,055/- was provided to 400 children of Sarada Kalyan Bhandar, Midnapore and medicines worth Rs.21,735/- were distributed among needy people of Amta village, Howrah district. Total amount spent: Rs.1,13,740/-.
The headquarters’ unit at Baladbandh, Dist. Hooghly conducted coaching classes from standard I to XII with 150 students. Daily tiffin, study materials, clothing as well as medical help were provided free of charge. The Sunday school counted an average attendance of 20 children. Vocational training in embroidery and other crafts was given to 12 women. Spoken English (attendance: 10) and computer classes (attendance: 15) were conducted through Video Conferencing by Rasik Bhita.
The centre at Shillya, Dist. Burdwan, ran a primary school (roll strength: 632) and also rendered service in many ways to women and children. Daily tiffin and uniforms were provided free to the students, besides books and other school materials. The dispensary (homoeopathic and allopathic) run by the centre treated 2111 patients. Distribution of clothes, warm garments etc. was done regularly. The handicraft school for grown-up girls and school for cottage industry counted 40 students. The computer class counted 150 students, while the spoken English class had 30 students on the roll. Educational help was given to 40 students. Blankets and sarees were distributed to needy villagers. In all, the centre spent Rs. 17,58,056/- for the above activities.
The Weaving-cum-Tailoring Training centre in Thakurnagar Village, Purba Medinipore had 26 trainees who earned money while learning. Religious and cultural classes for ladies in and outside the centre as well as other charitable activities continued as before. The centre also conducted a Sunday school with 15 children and free coaching classes up to class X with 72 students. Tiffin, clothes, warm garments etc. were given to the children. Pecuniary aid was also given to 9 other poor meritorious students. Sarees, dhotis, warm garments etc. were distributed among poor women and children of Thakurnagar and nearby villages at the time of Durga Puja and in winter. The homoeopathic dispensary treated 990 patients. The eye section counted 107 patients. Total expenditure for the above activities: Rs. 7,92,596/-. The centre supplied drinking water to the villagers throughout the year.
The centre at Gangarampore conducted a primary school for poor children of different castes and religions from pre-I to class IV (No. of students: 340) and a Balwadi (No. of students: 20). All the children were provided with books, uniforms, tiffin, midday meal and medicines whenever needed. Clothes and warm garments were given to them twice a year. The coaching class counted 101 students. The vocational section for the village women imparted training in tailoring, embroidery and other handicrafts (attendance: 16), while literacy classes for women were held regularly in collaboration with Vivek Chetana (No. of beneficiaries: 20); they were also taught some handwork. The computer class counted 30 students, while the spoken English classes had 6 students. The health clinic Sevakendra treated 6276 patients. Medicines worth Rs. 4,18,442/- were distributed free. Daridra Narayan Seva, financial help for medical treatment and supply of medicines and nutritious food to needy women and children as well as distribution of clothes and blankets at the time of Durga Puja and in winter continued as before (No. of beneficiaries: 13,655) . In all, the centre spent Rs. 35,08,385/- towards rural welfare.
The primary school at Khonsa village functioned as in the past and counted 116 students. The children were given uniforms, text books, midday meal and medical help, free of charge. Total amount spent during the year : Rs. 9,29,016/. Besides, the centre spent Rs. 11,000/- to help two students for their higher education, while Rs. 2,07,593/- were spent to help 12 needy persons and for relief work in Kerala.
The residential school at Khasso, Dirang Circle, Arunachal Pradesh counted 281 students (11 day-scholars), from different districts of Arunachal Pradesh, mainly from West Kameng and Tawang districts. Amount spent : Rs. 1,44,52,292/-. The first batch of Class X students appeared at AIISC examination in March 2019.
The Pangot centre conducted welfare activities for needy villagers of Pangot and nearby areas. The Sunday class counted 70 children. 25 students from different schools were given financial help amounting to Rs. 97,330/- for their education. 64 women and girls were taught various handicrafts, knitting, embroidery, crochet work etc. The centre spent Rs.1,88,202/- for their training. As every year, clothes, sarees and warm garments were occasionally distributed among poor villagers. During the year 77 umbrellas and 476 sweaters were distributed among school children. Total amount spent: Rs. 5,50,546/-.
Sri Sarada Math, Sihore distributed sarees, clothes and blankets among needy villagers and children, while books, fees etc. were given to school students (No. of beneficiaries : 1259).
The Bangalore Math continued its rural development work in the village of Junjaramanahalli, Tumkur, about 85 km. from Bangalore, where the following activities were conducted : a formal school from LKG to Class V with 127 children. They were given books, uniforms, lunch etc. free of cost; help in cash and kind to students and others, and financial help to needy villagers for medical treatment etc. continued as before. Medical camps (general, eye, dental & skin) were also conducted at different times (No. of patients examined: 2863). In all, the centre spent Rs. 19,12,167/- for the above purposes.
The Math at Chikmagalur conducted a tailoring class for women and girls (average attendance: 30). Weekly religious classes at an old age home near the Math continued.
At Village Salur, Kancheepuram district, the Chennai Math conducted the following activities on land allotted by the Tamil Nadu Government for the development of the area : coaching classes with 200 children, Bal Mandirs in Salur and other villages with 190 children and vocational training for village women with 40 ladies. Free medical camps were organized regularly, while occasional eye camps were conducted where surgery was done and spectacles were given free of cost. Medicines worth Rs. 2,44,031/- were provided free. Besides, financial and other help was given to 3109 students and others. 12 students were accommodated in the hostel. Total amount spent : Rs. 17,30,672/-.
Sri Sarada Math, Valsad organized Value Education Classes and Food & Nutrition programme for 694 tribal students of Dharampur Dist., who were also given financial help for their education. Amount spent Rs.9,12,748/-.
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