Mallarpur Uthnau

Project Brief: Helping Santhali children cope with education thru their own language, providing health-care and raising community awareness towards sustainable developement of the region
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Binay Pathak
Project Partner(s): Kunal Deb
Other Contacts: Satyajit Nath
Project Address: , ,,,
WEST BENGAL 
Tel: 91-33-2592-8109
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Jul 2017SeattleUSD 20185
Oct 2016SeattleUSD 1777
Apr 2016SeattleUSD 17836
Jun 2015SeattleUSD 18608
May 2014SeattleUSD 18558
Jun 2013SeattleUSD 14392
Nov 2012SeattleUSD 7515
May 2012SeattleUSD 7015
Oct 2011SeattleUSD 1400
Oct 2011SeattleUSD 7000
May 2011SeattleUSD 1065
May 2011SeattleUSD 7000
Oct 2010SeattleUSD 9025
Oct 2010Work an HourUSD 5868
Apr 2010SeattleUSD 8075
Sep 2009SeattleUSD 7400
Apr 2009SeattleUSD 7060
Nov 2008SeattleUSD 7210
May 2008SeattleUSD 8960
Dec 2007SeattleUSD 17804
Nov 2006SeattleUSD 12131
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 8145
Dec 2004SeattleUSD 10783
Sep 2003SeattleUSD 4016
Apr 2003SeattleUSD 3765
Dec 2002Silicon ValleyUSD 8180

Total = $240773

The Uthnau project is focusing on running pre-primary or early childhood schools in several villages in the area, with the main emphasis of teaching being basic literacy. Each of the centers is being run by one teacher, with the basis of teaching being adopted from the minimum level of learning curriculum designed by Mr. Dhiren Bhaski, a known Santhali educationalist. In addition to acquiring linguistics and mathematics, the teaching curriculum also includes an emphasis on art and music appreciation. Part of the curriculum includes using some Montessori education kits, special scientific toys and organized sports and recreational sessions. The school also provides vocational training in the fields of arts and crafts, with the hopes of this being an alternative source of income to the stone quarry employment. Teachers run the centers for three hours every morning.

Part of the education includes regular health checkups and encouraging basic hygiene. The project is involved in improving the health care of the Santhals. Children are provided with the regular health check-ups and health awareness camps are conducted to educate women on the dangers of malnutrition and occupational health hazards. Additional meetings for women between ages 16-45 are also being held to promote the awareness of sexually transmitted diseases.

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  • To get the Santhali children interested in education by teaching in their language.

  • To provide health care and awareness.

  • To provide alternative means of livelihood thru vocational training.

  • To raise awareness on the ill effects of quarrying and sustainable development of the area.

Mallarpur Uthnau was established in 1996 as an NGO dedicated to "uthnau" (upliftment) of the Santhali people and sustainable development of the region with the primary goal: to stop the exploitation of the Santhals by the local stone quarries. While for centuries the Santhals sustained themselves as sedentary farmers, they are currently being forced to work under hazardous conditions in the stone quarries that have emerging in this area. Men, women and children are being ill treated as laborers in the stone quarries, being made to work for below the established hourly minimum wage, exposing them to harmful chemicals, and denying them access to health care.

Through the introduction of pre-primary and non-formal education schools, Uthnau aims to improve the literacy among the Santhal children. Regular health checkups and health care camps are conducted with the hope of protecting these children and their families from the harmful agents that they are being exposed to in the stone quarries.

Uthnau also hopes to encourage the Santhals to break away from the stone quarries, and find alternate means of income. Children and adults are given vocational training in tribal crafts, with the intention of promoting the sale of this merchandise in the larger Indian cities and abroad.