Parivaar - Ramakrishna Seva Kutir

Project Brief: Parivaar is a humanitarian organization inspired the spiritual and humanistic ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, with its chief institutions based in West Bengal, and a recent second branch in Madhya Pradesh. Navada. From 2017 onwards Pariva
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Chitra Mandyam
Project Partner(s): Siddharth Pamar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Bonogram,Bakhrahat Road, P.S,Rashpunja,
WEST BENGAL  700104
Tel: 091 3324954118
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Oct 2019Silicon ValleyUSD 17618

Total = $17618

In January, The Economist had a cover article on India titled “India’s missing middle class” which had a chilling
statistic- Poor diets mean that 38% of children under the age of five are so underfed as to damage their physical and mental capacity irreversibly, according the Global Nutrition Report. The comparable number for Sub-Saharan Africa is apparently lower at 35%. India has the largest number of stunted children in the world, at 48.2 million.
In the state of Madhya Pradesh more than 60% children are malnourished. In some impoverished tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh it is as high as 90%. With the dual goal that combines two key themes most crucial for children in interior rural areas in the country - malnutrition and education, Parivaar team started the Seva Kutirs.

Children at the kutir will receive nutritious meals (breakfast and dinner) along with strong Supplementary education over morning and evening shifts. Timings 7 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Majority of the children are first generation learners. They are segregated into 3 groups based on grades : 1st-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-8th.
Activities conducted apart from academics:
• Yoga
• Meditation
• Festival celebrations
• Art and craft
• Sports : Athletics and Sports

The Seva Kutir's have a Central Resource Team :
i. Education : Resource persons experienced in pedagogy, teacher training, and curriculum design ensure
planning and uniform implementation across Kutirs. They also perform a continuous Impact
Assessment of Kutirs to encourage constant improvement of the programs. Sports, Value Education,
and Civic Virtues are also components of the Kutirs.
ii. Nutrition and Health : central Resource persons specialising in nutrition supervise the delivery of our
meals and supplementary dietary inputs to children with severe malnourishment. They also work in sync
with Nutrition Resource Centres in government hospitals. They do a continuous assessment of various
indicators of health and nutrition for children across the Kutirs.
Parivaar's mission is to bring about transformation in lives of suffering humanity through earnest humanitarian work, and in particular change the lives of destitute and vulnerable children and youth in a loving and caring environment, creating the soil on which children can realize their full potential, and through the benefits of long-term education, livelihood training, and hand-holding.

Parivaar's vision is to reach as many children and youth as possible throughout India and help transform their lives.
Parivaar West Bengal’s largest free residential educational institution for children from highly impoverished backgrounds. As of August ’18 it has more than 2100 resident children in its two campuses Parivaar Vivekananda Sevashrama for Boys and Parivaar Sarada Teertha for Girls. The children are from age-group of 4 (pre-schooling) till 21 (University level graduation)
Parivaar MP, started in 2017, runs Day Boarding (Education cum Meal Programs) for children in the age-group of 4 to 14 in selected pockets of deprivation and malnourishment in tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh. These centres, each having between 80 to 130 children are being named ‘Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Seva Kutir’.
At these Kutirs more than 11000(as of Jun'2019) children are getting nutritious meals (breakfast and dinner) along with Strongly Supplementary education and life-skills over morning and evening shifts (around 6 hours of engagement daily (except Sundays), all round the year). We are endeavouring to set up 250 Seva Kutirs by December 2020, serving at least 20,000 children.