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Stories from the field

Launch of Children’s Movement Against Child Marriage 2010
Fifteen-year-old Anwara Khatun is among them exuding a quiet defiance. She is among the more than 200 children who have gathered together from across West Bengal to draw up an action plan against child marriage for parents, teachers and the community.

Against Child Marriage: Children Demand Their Rights For a Secure Future
Almost 225 children from across West Bengal gathered together today to launch a movement against child marriage called “Amar Shaishab Amar Adhikar,”.

Positive Deviance Helps Curb Malnutrition in West Bengal
Bharati and her children are part of a positive deviance program mobilizing community resources to tackle malnutrition in this poor village of 565 inhabitants. The idea behind positive deviance is to understand the feeding and caring patterns of families.

West Bengal, 10 October 2008 : An idea shared - an intervention doubled
Leading from the office of Social Welfare Institute (SWI) an NGO in Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur in the state of West Bengal, we reach a junction where two paths meet, one marked by banners of UNICEF and the other with CARITAS (International NGO)..

A new health brigade, renewed hope
Hemlata Mahato, in her distinctive purple saree of the Accredited Social Health Action (ASHA) worker, is a familiar figure in the far-flung villages of Jhalda II block, Purulia district in West Bengal.

Breastfeeding gives children the best start in life
'Breastfeeding helps save lives of children' stressed UNICEF State Representative for West Bengal Lori Calvo while addressing a group of participants at ‘training of trainers’ on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.

Save a child's life: Promote breastfeeding
It is here that I met Rehana Bibi, mother of three and village brand ambassador for breastfeeding. Rizwan, six months old, is her third son and weighs above normal as compared to other infants his age.

A day in the life of a Purulia health worker
Dipali Mahato’s working day begins at sun-up. Rushing through her domestic chores, she leaves for her daily rounds as an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker, proudly carrying her IMNCI kit in her shoulder bag.

Empowering field functionaries to save lives
Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) is a comprehensive strategy which is empowering field functionaries to save lives of young infants and under five children.

Spreading the word about HIV/AIDS prevention, life skills
Purulia/ West Bengal, June 01, 2007 – Sunita Mahato, a petite, demure 18-year-old girl, had dropped out of school when she was only eight. Though she missed regular schooling, nonetheless, she has learnt some essential growing-up lessons.

Saving mothers, saving families in West Bengal
She saved a mother and child from dying today itself!” is how Kakoli Chowdhury, a petite, soft-spoken woman was described to me during routine field monitoring.

Changing lives in the brick kilns of West Bengal
For 13-year-old Sanjay Mondal, carrying a load of 88 pounds on his head is routine.

Making every child count in the City of Joy
For 13 year old Malati Das life was an unending struggle. Picked up by child traffickers from her native village in South 24 Parganas, young Malati was sold to a brothel in the red light district of Sonagachi in Kolkata.

SSK - Reaching out to the excluded and underprivileged in West Bengal
The Shishu Shiksha Karmasuchi programme( SSK) is one of the most innovative education programmes to reach out to deprived and excluded children in the state of West Bengal

Sishu Mitra Project helps build awareness against child marriages in Murshidabad
Life was going smoothly for thirteen year old Sundari till the day her parents suddenly decided to get her married. Thanks to the efforts of the field mobilisers from the ‘Shishu Mitra’ Project Sundari can still go to school, and play with her friends.

Mapping Nutrition
What is a chart of cartoon figures doing at a feeding centre for malnourished children in a village in West Bengal?



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