Remote villages in Garbhanga region
The lady teacher
The most notable development of the SASCWA-Parijat collaboration is SASCWA’s commitment to provide monthly salaries for three teachers in a remote village in the Garbhanga region. The primary education in Garbhanga, started by Uttam Teron, was almost at a standstill without any funding for the school teachers and the schools faced closure. SASCWA’s decision to provide salaries in collaboration with Parijat for four teachers in three different schools in this region brought about a considerable change in primary education scenario in the region within a short period of time. In 2014-15 these schools were amalgamated into a single school and a hostel was built to accommodate students from the other villages. Our annual fundraising efforts have allowed us to sustain funding to the teachers over 8 years.
To reach the remote villages from Parijat it is necessary to travel on a very rough and rocky track cut through the jungle. The jungle canopy covers the road so that it is inky black at night.This area is home to wild elephants and it is dangerous to travel at night along the track because of fear of attack from the elephants. Unfortunately Udoy and Rupali overstayed their time at Garbhanga and had to do just that on the return trip but at least they had a vehicle. Older children boarding at Parijat, our parent school, must walk the road at the beginning and end of term - a 4-5 hour walk carrying their belongings.