Champa Mahila Society

Project Brief: CMS works to build a self-reliant community with focus on women's groups. Asha's partnership with them include many schools (mostly pre-primary), a child-home & a hospital.
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: orphans

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Suma Mondal
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Village and P.O. Shibganj, P.S. Basanti,,Shibganj,
Tel: 91-3218-232334 / 232609
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Jul 2020SeattleUSD 20065
Jun 2020SeattleUSD 13144
Apr 2020SeattleUSD 43612
Apr 2020SeattleUSD 2643
Aug 2019SeattleUSD 34605
Aug 2018SeattleUSD 47658
Aug 2017SeattleUSD 52392
Aug 2016SeattleUSD 45519
Jan 2016SeattleUSD 20400
Jul 2015SeattleUSD 21790
Nov 2014SeattleUSD 30939
Jul 2014SeattleUSD 31768
Nov 2013SeattleUSD 0
Nov 2013SeattleUSD 30812
May 2013SeattleUSD 34417
Dec 2012SeattleUSD 35335
Aug 2012SeattleUSD 34746
Oct 2011SeattleUSD 39400
Jun 2011SeattleUSD 43000
Oct 2010SeattleUSD 46500
May 2010SeattleUSD 41000
Nov 2009SeattleUSD 37800
Jun 2009SeattleUSD 7150
Jun 2009SeattleUSD 39679
Oct 2008SeattleUSD 37745
Jul 2008SeattleUSD 43625
Jan 2008SeattleUSD 33758
Nov 2007SeattleUSD 8630
May 2007SeattleUSD 40000
Dec 2006SeattleUSD 5000
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 28972
Jan 2004SeattleUSD 7222
Dec 2004SeattleUSD 59313
Oct 2003SeattleUSD 1504
Sep 2003SeattleUSD 13490
Apr 2003SeattleUSD 7237
Dec 2002SeattleUSD 16504
Dec 2001SeattleUSD 12788
Dec 2000SeattleUSD 6300
Dec 1999SeattleUSD 8800
Dec 1998SeattleUSD 3150
Dec 1997SeattleUSD 1800
Dec 1996SeattleUSD 1500
Dec 1995SeattleUSD 2000
Dec 1994SeattleUSD 1500

Total = $1095212

This is a multi-part project.

  1. CMS runs 35 Pre Primary schools which are the stepping stones for the children of a vast area to get into formal education. CMS follows up on individual kids to check that they get don't drop out. This actually led to getting the mothers together, which led to women's self help groups. [Support A School details]

  2. In addition CMS runs a home for boys. They provide shelter for these orphans and food, clothing, education and medicine. They also want to provide them with vocational training in either agriculture or carpentry depending on the wishes of the child. They also do a lot of cultural activities including recitation, songs, dances. [More details]

  3. In 2002 CMS started a program for dropout girls. The girls are provided with food, clothing, education, vocational training and they also enjoy games and cultural activities. This program is very high in demand. [Sarada School details]

    NEW! The School in News!! [English translation]

  4. CMS also started a new school in one of the most remote villages, Amlamethi, in 2004 fulfilling the need for formal education. It is also to ensure that the children there don't stop their education. [Amlamethi School details]

  5. Recently they are expanding 3 & 4 to include special children. Currently there is no facility in the entire Sundarban for special children. CMS is not only providing them support but also making sure they are completely integrated with the other children. [Special Children Details]

  6. The community health program under CMS is being expanded recently. See project details for urgent need of funding.

CMS also works closely with the Shibganj Primary school. The school had a very low teacher:student ratio. CMS provided 2 teachers (@ Rs. 800/- per teacher per month) and much needed infrastructural support. Since mid-2006 CMS has shifted one teacher to SBB. Shibganj Primary needed less teacher do to reduced enrollment. Since 2007 CMS stopped supporting this one teacher due further low enrollment (many SSK's started in that area). However CMS continues a close relation with school providing them one-time supports as & when available.


Project diary
To make sure every child gets education and is able to stand on their own feet when they grow up.
Champa Mahila Society was established in 1984 in the Basanti area of Sunderban in West Bengal. Basanti is ecologically a part of the delta between the Hooghly River and the Bay of Bengal. Approximately 95 percent of the total population depends on agricultural activities for their livelihood in this monocrop area.

The group aims at creating a self-reliant community and develop a feeling of cooperation with focus on women's groups. Right now they work in education (for younger and older children), health (both preventive and curative), SHG promoting micro-credit, kitchen garden and animal husbandry. They run a hospital also.
Focus of this group also includes:

  1. formal education

  2. special children

  3. health & vocational training