The Eyes Tell A Story

Girls Education Centre Building Block in West Bengal

Just £190 will provide The Space to house One Girl!
Just £1500 will provide a Room to house 8 Girls!

 

Sadaqah
Lillah
General

Project Benefits:

We hope to raise funds for a building block which will house and provide a living space and rooms for 160 students. This is an extension to the current building which currently has 340 girls being 16 per room. With your help we hope to half the number to 8 girls per room. This project is a lifeline for the girls, many of which are orphans and most being vulnerable. We hope to empower, educate and enable them to become strong women in society.

Project Objectives:

The building will provide the following:

  • 1 building block with 20 rooms
  • Toilets and Showers/Bath facilities
  • Safe and protected environment
  • Masjid/prayer facility to pray
  • Increase the space and living quarters for the girls
  • Playground facility

This project is a lifeline for the girls, many of which are orphans and most being vulnerable. We hope to empower, educate and enable them to become strong women in society. You can also provide the essential needs for any one of the 340 students for the whole year for £220/yearly. This includes education fees, boarding, meals, clothing and more. You can learn more about the sponsorship program here.

 

Background

Formed in 2005, the idea of setting up a girl’s boarding school was inspired by a local Aalim (Senior Teacher educated at Darul Uloom, Delhi) by the success of a newly established small boys madressa and 2 Leicester business partners who were looking for a Sadaqah-e-Jariyah project to benefit disadvantaged children for the reward of their deceased relatives.

The Aalim when returning back to the village of Gangasagar after graduating in 2003 noticed the decline of local Muslim community and lack of basic facilities for prayers and education.

Young girls are especially disadvantaged due to extreme poverty or cultural reasons they are only given the minimum state education and often forced into an early marriage or agricultural labouring jobs usually involving hard labour.

With mortality rates amongst adults in the region being higher than normal, orphan children, especially young girls have little or no prospects and are extremely vulnerable. Currently 70% of the girls being cared for are orphans and the 30% come from a poor family who cant afford to care of their needs.

The girls boarding school is run by a total of 20 salaried staff:

  • 10 Aalimas (Senior Female Teachers)

  • 6 Ustaads (Teachers)

  • 4 Housekeepers

 

 

Location

Also known an Gangasagar, an island located 95 miles south of Kolkata (West Bengal, India) in the Bay of Bengal.

Covers a land mass of just over 224km2 (approximately 10 miles across). It has 43 villages and a population of over 160,000 (Census 2011). The largest village is called Gangasagar which is where the girls educational institution is based.

The island is largely rural and due to its remote location faces a number of economic, logistical and climatic challenges with excessive rain and cyclones throughout the year.

Literacy and employment levels are lower compared to other more developed regions of India and most of the employed workforce are either cultivators of land (owners or co-owners) for rice, fish, fruit and vegetable or agricultural labourers.

 

Future Objectives:

  • Secular Education with Accreditation

  • Vocational Training – Plumbing, Sewing, IT and more

 

All donations, however little, will go a long way in providing support to these Girls. You can make a difference to their lives by supporting this cause and donating generously, THANK YOU.

100% Donation, No Deductions!

We guarantee 100% of your donations will reach their intended target. The charity operates on a voluntary basis ensuring our costs are kept to a minimum. The set-up, operating, admin and marketing costs are met by the trustees, supporters and some from the gift aid contributions.