Education and Vocational training to prevent child marriage and trafficking

State: West Bengal

MBBCDS works on women empowerment through education and livelihood generation for tribal, and backward class community in the bordering region of West Bengal and Jharkhand. The life in this area of semi arid rocky dry land offers little to none in terms of agriculture poor people to work as daily laborers at local rock quarries, bidi factory or as migrant worker in big cities of India. Village after village empty of adult men gone as migrant worker, leaving women and children at home. Young girls are the worst vim of this situation with 85% married off at a very early age to avoid large dowry. Death of young girls at childbirth is rampant. while the poorer girl children are at risk of being abused and sex trafficked. The local rock quarries and proximity to national highways have made trafficking of girls easier. MBBCDS is running a residential school, Begum Rokeya Academy, where young girls from poor family are given food shelter and free education


At risk population of girls in this area is about 165. Among them, in this year (2020) we have identified 110 as particularly vulnerable and who need assistance in continuing their education. The proposed project is to support these girls with housing, remedial tutoring, nutritional support and prevent from rape and murder.

  • The project supports food, clothing, living expenses and educational expenses of 165 girls’ poor girls.

  • Education involves regular curriculum as well as leadership building, sports, and vocational training

  • Groups of trained girls, Nari bahini, tries to build awareness, girl’s right, Gender sensitization etc. through friendly group discussion in their villages

Nari bahini voices their issues, things they care about, awareness against child marriage and human rights through Wall magazine in the villages

Empowering grassroot people of Sundarbans, through RTI (Right to Information) act

State: West Bengal

The Right to Information Bill, 2005 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 11th May 2005 and by the Rajya Sabha on 12th May 2005 and received the Presidential assent on 15th June 2005. Freedom of information has many benefits. It facilitates public participation in public affairs by providing access to relevant information to the people who are then empowered to make informed choices and better exercise their democratic rights.

· Conduct village meetings, engage locals clubs to spread awareness of citizens right

· Make grassroot folks aware of their various rights e.g., RTE (Right to education), Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, laws against child marriage, old age pension, 100 days’ work through NIGERA, the forest preservation act, etc.

· Help people file application and guide them through the system of GOVT. office

· Identify local club, village leaders , train them about RTI and engage them for community assistance

· Follow up the applications already filed in RTI to help people get Old age pension, widow’s pension etc.

· Street theater and local culture programme inclusion, Organize awareness rally


Angirasa Mithila Vidyalayam- a free school for slum children

State: Andhra Pradesh

Mithila Vidyalayam (Angirasa) is a private school run under the CIRCLE of GOODWILL to provide free education up to 7th grade to the slum children in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It was established in 2002, and then received Govt approval in 2007. Besides free education: all the students are provided with two sets of uniform, slates, books, and snacks. Mithila Vidyalayam has 172 students who are supported by ten teachers and other volunteers. AID-Cincinnati volunteer, Srini Annapantula, visited Mithila Vidyalayam on August 16, 2017 and shared the following report.

“Visiting Mithila Vidyalayam was an unforgettable experience. With the help of the experienced and kind-hearted teachers, kids are not only benefitting from the educational point of view but are also offered a chance to sculpt their personality and identity. In addition to this, the school provides other necessary supplies like uniforms, pencils, etc., and ensures cleanliness of their facilities. Even though this program is run through voluntary service, they are not at all compromising the quality of education provided to the children. When asked about their future aspiration, kids enthusiastically respond-ed and dream of becoming doctors, engineers, musicians, teachers and so on. These kids are no different than our kids. We sincerely wish their dreams would come true.”