01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
SAMPARC, is a non-profit registered Society and Trust started in 1990 for child welfare and rural community development. It rehabilitates orphan, poor and needy children and the children of commercial sex workers and convicted people. The current coverage of the organization includes 11 children’s homes and other centers in the states of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. Balgram is center where one house mother looks after the needs of the 10 to 12 children in each home and it gives overall care and development of orphan, needy and poor children in a family environment. SAMPARC also provides thrust to the development of rural communities.
Organisation was founded by Amit Kumar Banerjee. Banerjee (referred to as Uncle by the staff and villagers) is a graduate of the first batch of XISS (Xavier’s institute of social sciences). After that he joined the ‘Bhudan’ movement and was influenced by Vinoba Bhave. Initially he was asked to participate in the SOS villages model from where he decided to settle down and start work with the grass-roots. Samparc was founded in 1989 at Mulshi and registered in 1990. The work started in Mulshi and Maloli and then extended to Bhambarde in 1996 in Maharashtra. They also have a presence in other states such as Gujarat and West Bengal.
Today, SAMPARC is a well-known organization at the national level for its innovative pattern of work and community support. It was honoured with various recognitions and awards for its meritorious work including the National Award for Child Welfare in 1997-98 by the President of India. Around 650 children find the warmth and affection of a caring family through SAMPARC balgrams. It also supports another 1200 children for their school education, vocational training and self-employment programs. Besides child care, SAMPARC is also involved in various rural community development activities such as rural medical Centre, women’sempowerment through SHGs, housing project for the economically weak, water harvesting for small & marginal farmers and low-cost toilets for village population.
SAMPARC has been working in the field of education for poor and tribal children and believes that education is the only factor which can bring positive change in the society. Recently, SAMPARC started a project for poor tribal children for their education and overall development.
SAMPARC collaborated with Oxfam India for “Facilitating community’s empowerment for proper implementation of Right to Education (RTE) in 4 villages of Mulshi Taluka, Pune District.” As one of the objectives of the project was to ensure 100% enrolment, attendance and retention of children from marginalized groups in the government primary schools, SAMPARC started drive to enroll the children in nearby schools to give them basic right of education. Due to SAMPARC efforts we were able to enroll 4 Tribal (Katkari) students namely Ravindra Bharat Pawar, Asha Krishnath Mukhane, Mahini Ankush Waghmare and Gurudas Nandu Pawar in ZP school at Ambavane. The unique thing is - they are of the age of 8 to 10 years but haven’t stepped the doors of the school, it is their first time to enter the school in 1 std as they are unable to read and write.
SAMPARC RTE team did continuous follow-up and constant counseling with the parents to convince them to send their children to the school. Parents were not bothered to seek admission for their children’s academic growth but wanted the children to come as labour and earn for the family. Addiction of alcohol is too much among them, so it is being very difficult for us to do the follow up. SAMPARC RTE team has to catch the children in their working place or in fields where they go for work. Parents want their children to come out of this situation but economic condition and lack of education is not permitting them to concentrate on their children’s educational growth.
Today these 4 children are attending the school and our team putting all their efforts to bring children to mainstream education.