Manav Seva Pratishthan, as the name indicates is working for all round development of human beings with an attitude of selfless service in the regions where the stream of development has not yet reached. The pratishthan is working in the tribal belts of West Bengal for elevating the standard of living of these people belonging to the underprivileged sections of society so as to catalyze the progress of the country. Following projects have been undertaken by the pratishthan so as to sow the seeds of development in the northeastern tribal regions of India. Definitely, true to the fact ‘As you sow, so shall you reap’ the efforts have started yielding fruits now and it seems that a drastic development of the region will be noticed within a few years. Jalberia AshramAt Sunderban, located at a distance of 64 km from Kolkata, the ashram is doing a commendable work in various fields. The land for the ashram on Jaynagar-Jamtala Road has been donated by the local villagers. Following activities are being run by the ashram:1) School: Primary and higher secondary school is run by the ashram since 1982. Over 200 students study at the primary school whereas more than 300 students avail education at the higher secondary school. The library that has been built for the students is also utilized by the villagers for their intellectual enhancement. Local tribal students and backward class students stay at the hostel. Tailoring training is compulsory for the students of class VII and VII.2) Physical education: Physical fitness training camps are regularly organized from time to time for the local tribal students as well as hostellers. Local residents along with people from the surrounding villages also participate in the training programmes so as to enhance their physical strength through scientific training by trained instructors. 3) Health centre: About 500 patients get treated at the homoeopathic clinic established by the ashram. Homoeopathic treatment has proved effective for these economically backward brethren who cannot bear the expenses of costlier allopathic treatment. Apart from this, an eye clinic is also run by the ashram.4) Temple: In the year 2008, a temple of Lord Shiva was established in this region that is closely attached to Bangladesh border. This is the first temple in this region. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers during the holy month of Shravan. Various occasions such as Bengali New Year, Gajan Mela, Baisakh Utsav, etc are celebrated with religious fervour. A variety of plants such as coconut, mango, etc have been planted that adds to the beauty of the region.Krishnanagar ProjectSaraswati Shishu Mandir has been started in the building that was received as donation from the kind-hearted donors. The provision has been made for primary education and at present, over 600 students study at the school. Computer training centre has also been started to run with time. Lalpur Bodra AshramThe project is running at Lalpur village since 1982, located at a distance of 35 km from Malda city. Vishwa Hindu Parishad laid the foundation for the ashram with the active support from various trusts. Now, the ashram has been handed over to Manav Seva Pratishthan for further progress and expansion. The ashram has a Shiv Mandir where many devotees regularly take part in puja rituals. In due course of time, the ashram also started school and hostel for educating the underprivileged children from the village and the surrounding regions. Over 135 students study at the primary school that was established in 1992. The hostel that is running since 1997 houses students belonging to tribal and backward communities; over 100 students are still waiting for having admission at the hostel. The students here are also trained in gardening. Puleshwar ProjectThe project is situated at Puleshwar village, at a distance of 30 km from Kolkata. All the festivals are celebrated with fervor at the temple of Lord Narayana in which all the villagers participate with enthusiasm. Over 350 patients are treated at the homoeopathy clinic every month. Regular eye check-up camps are organized by the eye care centre and every year. A computer training centre is also running, where about 180 students are availing the computer education in six shifts. Guidance is provided free of cost to the students from class 5 to 10. Kids are given moral education at Bal Sanskar Kendra. Villagers and students are trained for physical fitness and also in various outdoor games at the physical education centre. Women are given self employment training at the tailoring centre. At present, the expansion work for the centre is in full swing and about 25 women are receiving the training at the centre. An old age home is also run for the senior citizens.Podra ProjectThe construction of the building for this project is in full swing on the land donated by the local villagers for this noble cause. The project is in Howrah district near Andul road located at a distance of 8 km from Kolkata. Yoga centre, library, satsang kendra, yuva kendra, mahila kalyan Kendra, etc are in the offing. At present, homoeopathy clinic and sanskar kendra are functioning under this project. ContactManav Sewa Pratishthan117 B, Nalini Sarkar MargKolkata, West Bengal (India)How to reachBy air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, located at Dumdum, is 17 km away from the heart of Kolkata. This airport is well connected to all major cities in India including north east capitals. Kolkata is a major international airport which is connected to many cities in abroad.By train: Howrah and Sealdah are two major railway stations in Kolkata. These stations are well connected to all major cities in India. Metro rail system in Kolkata connects all the main junctions in Kolkata. It is the fastest way to reach the different parts of the big city.By bus: West Bengal state buses connect all parts of the state with Kolkata. Deluxe and A/C luxury buses are available from Kolkata to various cities in the state and neighboring states.... ...
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