Our partner Sabuj Sangha who operates in the West Bengal area runs the Nayantara
project. This program was created to provide back up help for a group of girls between
12 to 18 years of age to support them in continuing their education. Asha Zurich gives
assistance for 20 of the 40 girls in the couching centre. Their studies are emphasized on
English, Mathematics, PE, and Science. Moreover the girls are provided with nutritional,
medical, and life skills support, learning materials, school uniforms, books, and hygiene
materials (sanitary pads).
The region of Sundarbans where the project takes place consists of low fertile soil
making it difficult for local people to maintain a steady income. The children are often
labourers and lack education, which makes them very exposed to trafficking - common
issue in this area. The case is worse with girls who are generally deprived of their basic
needs. They are engaged in work and often are the victims of early child marriage.
Asha Zurich has been involved in The Nayantara since October 2017 when the first
instalment was sent. For the few months that have passed there has been an obvious
improvement in the overall mood of the children. They are now actively participating in
celebrations and in exhibitions of their own created arts and crafts.
Our team has visited the project in the beginning of 2018 and brought some of their
creations to be presented and sold in Asha’s events through the year. The money from
the profits will go into personalized bank accounts to be used after the girls become 18
years of age.
- Project Status: Being funded by Asha Zurich (since 2017)
- Project contact: Zlatina
- More information on the project is available also at Global Asha website