Rural & urban community health and awareness
Overview: Medical Facilities for Poor :
The Mission provides medical facilities in both the villages of Sundarbans as well as Kolkata since 1987
The medical service provided by the Mission is through Homeopathy that has least side effects and is most effective for chronic and acute diseases for women and children living in unhealthy slums and streets and also in remote villages.
Urban Medical Programs:
One Mobile clinic reaches to slums and street corners treating an average of 200 + patients every day. There are close to 18 outdoor slum clinics in the city of Kolkata catering to thousands of patients who are most economically deprived. Annually all these outreach medical programs take care of 180,000 patients for free.
Mission Mobile Medical Van in Slums of Kolkata
Patients Brought from Remote Villages to Kolkata for Treatment
In certain serious cases the patient is brought from the remote villages of Sundarban to Kolkata for the purpose of treatment. One such case is that of Gosaba girl Dipali. She could not walk properly on both feet and on top of that the veins in her eyes were drying up. She was brought to Kolkata and adequate treatment was given to her. Now she can walk with ease with the help of custom made medical shoes from well-known medical appliance manufacturers in Kolkata. Prolonged eye treatment has given her great benefit. She can see much better now. Her eyes have been saved. There are many such people like Dipali who have been receiving such help from the Mission free of charge. The mission in collaboration with the Nihar Munshi Eye foundation provides various eye treatment facilities and operations to the less privileged.
Additional Rural Health Care Projects
- Village Eye Camps serve 70-80 people per month
Offer free eye testing, eye care education
Refer for advanced eye care, cataract surgeries
Patients sent to Nihar Munsi Eye Foundation for free cataract microsurgery
- Health Education Awareness Workshops target topics for women and adolescent girls according to identified local needs
Provide workshops on:
Control of water borne diseases, family planning
Arsenic toxicity awareness
Polio prevention and education
- Blood Group Determination Camp:
Ignorance about correct blood group causes severe medical complications
Camp designed to avoid wrong blood administration, damage, and premature death
Serves remote villages in West Bengal
Conducts Blood Group Determination Camps to address problem, raise awareness.
- Health Workers, Volunteers Provide Health Monitoring, Training:
In-house visitation program for pregnant and new mothers
Monitor and care for health issues
Provide education on infant care assesses and makes referrals for early treatment
Educate on child development, health issues and disabilities
Workshops on mother-child care
Mission’s Dr. Ray treating a Patient at Missions Clinic
Dr. examines child while grateful mother looks on
Rural & Urban Education
Mission School kids practicing Yoga at Mission School.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so please see our urban school projects in pictures!
OVERVIEW OF OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
LDLM is committed to bring the light of education to the under privileged sections of society thus enriching their lives and strengthening their moral values. Its literacy and value based education instills the joy of learning in the young children it serves.
Curriculums include formative recreation, sports, excursions, dance, painting, yoga and meditation to channel the children’s energy, creativity, and develop sense of accomplishment. It then coordinates with local schools to mainstream students into the primary level.
LDLM works to eliminate child labor through education. It actively counsels parents on long-term benefits of sending their children to school rather than to streets to beg or into the child labor market.
RURAL EDUCATION PROJECTS
80 Pre-Primary Schools in the Sunderbans delta villages are providing basic pre-school and value-based education to 2500 students. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation are integral part of the curriculum to strengthen the child’s ability to focus and accomplish chores with a calm mind.
Flexible to the Core – Our LDLM yoga teacher, Nimai Biswas, and his students regularly undertake workshops and demonstrate how almost anything and everything can be accomplished with the human body through yoga and meditation. Yoga fortifies determination and hard work among its students.
These students accomplish major yoga feats with pride and conviction and display spectacular performances of yoga and gymnastics. The Mission stresses imparting physical education for all-round development of healthy mind and body.
LDLM has also started formal schools at the primary level to impart value-based education to the children belonging to the poorest sections of the society. For the children living in the remote villages of Sundarbans like Sandeshkhali, Hingalganj & Gosaba, the Mission has developed twenty-six kindergarten schools which have qualified teachers just like teachers from city schools. 1600 to 2000 students are benefitted every year. The Mission engages efficient teachers just like the teachers we have in the urban schools of the privileged children.
The Mission provides textbooks in large numbers to the meritorious and poor students who cannot afford to buy them. These Book Banks have already helped thousands of students with study materials yearly.
Scholarships are provided every year for meritorious poor students to continue imparting higher level of education to groom them to be worthy citizens imbibing highest level of social, moral and cultural values. Significant number of students from the deprived sections of the village community has been benefited under this scheme.
rural economic sustainability and environmental preservation
Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa addressing the Self-help groups at Dulduli Project of Lokenath Divine Life Mission.
Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa feels that the mission’s aim should be to ‘build people’, people who don’t only earn millions for themselves, people who do not live life only for their own selves, people who don’t only dream about their own small families. He wants to develop individuals who would care for each other, who would help each other in times of distress.
“My heart swells in happiness when I hear of stories of true service to human dignity. This is my philosophy, to prepare the people to live and die for each other.” Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa
EMPOWERMENT/SELF HELP GROUPS (SHG)/MICRO CREDIT
At present the mission is also responsible for developing almost 500 self-help groups (SHG) in the villages of Sundarbans that benefit more than 5,000 families. In each group there are around ten female members and a joint bank account of the group. The Mission works as a catalyst, helps the villagers to form a group, to open bank accounts, to get loans from the bank for developing business, agriculture, animal husbandry, pisciculture, handicrafts, or to meet social commitments like marriage or for other emergencies. This whole procedure has helped the villagers in becoming more self reliant and self-sufficient.
As the SHGs of an area become self-sufficient, the Mission shifts the activities to other areas. For this reason there was a time when the Mission used to handle 1500 SHGs all over Sunderbans. Now Mission is working with 402 groups and in future the numbers may change further.
Vocational Training Center
In various areas like Dulduli, Charalkhali, Kanai khathi, Bijaynagar, the mission has also set up vocational training institutes to train the villagers about Stitching, Wool weaving and Crochet work.
The women of the village, after receiving training in these subjects, produce garments that are marketed to Kolkata by the mission again. This way they are able to earn around 2000-2500 INR per month.
Organic FarmingIn :
the same way research is done on ways of to do organic farming and cultivation in the lands of the mission to pass on the knowledge acquired to villagers.The Mission speaks to the villagers to make them believe that organic farming will produce better products and better taste than the one produced of chemical fertilizers. The Mission also makes the Urban and the Rural people aware of the ill effect of the vegetables and crops produced by the help of chemical fertilizers.
Mission’s Food Project
Direction to reach……… Lokenath Divine Life Mission, Kolkata, India
Come to Acropolis Mall, take Rickshaw or walk 10 minutes to Garden High School, 100 meters from there is 47B Bus Terminus. Right on the Terminus and the first left to the Ashram which is about 200 meters from there.