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: Kesava Viswanathan
Project Partner(s): Kunal Deb
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , UTHNAU Village Garia,P.O. Tarachuya,Mallarpur,
Tel: 91-33-2592-3951
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Apr 2024SeattleUSD 11690
Jul 2023SeattleUSD 10130
Sep 2022SeattleUSD 3556
Aug 2020SeattleUSD 11015
Jun 2019SeattleUSD 14358
Jul 2018SeattleUSD 18853
Dec 2017SeattleUSD 8673
Sep 2017SeattleUSD 31328
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 = $350376

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.


  • 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.
Apr 2024 Uthnau Budget Request and Update 2024
Apr 2024 UthnauBudgetRequest April 2024.pptx
Apr 2024 Uthnau Project Metrics
Apr 2024 Online infra budget request
Apr 2024 School Budget request
Apr 2024 Uthnau approved budget request 2024 2025
Apr 2024 318_Uthnau'sbudgetasapproved20242025.pdf
Mar 2024 UthnauBudgetRequest April 2024.pptx
Mar 2024 Uthnau Site Visit March 2024
Mar 2024 Uthnau Site Visit March 2024
Jul 2023 Uthnau Project Metrics.pdf
Jul 2023 Uthnau Budget Request June 2023.pptx
Jul 2023 Uthnau Budget Request with highlighted approvals.pdf
Jun 2023 Uthnau Budget Request June 2023.pptx
Jun 2023 Uthnau Site visit 2023
May 2023 Uthnau Site Visit May 2023 rev 1
Sep 2022 Uthnau Project Update Sept 2022
Sep 2022 Uthnau virtual site visit
Sep 2022 Uthnau Budget ask
Sep 2022 Uthnau Budget Request Sep 2022.pdf
Sep 2022 Uthnau virtual site visit 2
Sep 2022 Uthnau Virtual Site Visit Sep 2022 r1.pdf
Aug 2020 Site Visit August 2020
Aug 2020 Project Proposal August 2020
Aug 2020 Success Stories 2020
Jun 2019 Project Proposal June 2019
Jun 2018 Annual update 2017 - 2018
Jun 2018 Budget ask summary
Nov 2017 Budget ask summary
Jun 2017 Site Visit June 2017
Jun 2017 Site Visit Questionnaire
Jun 2017 Site Visit report
Jun 2017 Site visit
May 2017 Budget 2017-2018
Apr 2017 One time funding
Apr 2017 Uthnau 2017 Annual Report
Apr 2017 Budget 2017-2018 Revised
Apr 2016 Uthnau Budget 2016-17
Jul 2015 Uthnau Site Visit by Swati 2015
May 2015 Project Update 2014-15
May 2015 Budget 2015-2016
May 2014 Site Visit by Swati May 2014
Apr 2014 Budget for year 2014-2015
Jun 2013 Budget 2013 - 2014
May 2012 Budget 2012 - 2013
Apr 2012 Site Visit by Binay April 2012
Mar 2011 Budget2011-12
Mar 2011 2010-11BudgetChangeJustification
Oct 2010 Uthnau_Site_visit_2010
Apr 2009 Uthnau 2009-10 Budget
Mar 2009 Uthnau Site Visit Report By Binay and Srijan in march 2009
Nov 2008 Project Update 2006-08
Nov 2008 Moch Ora Daily Routine
Nov 2008 Q&A November 2008
Jun 2008 Jamkador Tution Center Report 2008
Apr 2008 Budget 2007-08, 2008-09
Dec 2007 Creche report 2007
Dec 2007 Site visit Subhasish
Nov 2006 Annual report Apr 05-Mar 06
Oct 2006 2006-07 Budget
Jun 2005 Health care report
Jun 2005 Annual report Apr 04-Mar 05
Mar 2004 Annual report Apr 03-Mar 04
Jan 2002 Site visit by Amlan