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Vishal Bharat Shansthan
Vishal Bharat Sansthan works with rag pickers, weavers, fisherman & boatman children. Vishal Bharat Shansthan has been working for more than 24 years for the poor, disadvantaged and deprived children. Shansthan has worked for the most untouchable rag picker's children for the education, health and emancipation - freedom from drug addiction and child labour. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of the world. Varanasi Saris are world famous and weaving is (was) the livelihood of the weaver families in Varanasi. In the wave of globalization, the business of weavers in Varanasi had been closed which mostly affected the children. Already illiterate, weavers neither educate their children nor check their health, or provide for their livelihood. Children prepared themselves and children between in the 5-13 age group began to pick-up rags or became bonded labour. Picking-up rags, these children became drug addicts and rag picker girls are being sexually exploited by junk-dealers as well.
Vishal Bharat Shansthan started at 1988 by Dr. Rajeev Srivastav for the protection of right of Women and children's from time to time Shansthan has affected by its activities to deprived class of society. Shansthan has been working for the socially neglected and untouchable children for their education, health-care and protection in Varanasi. For the formation of better society. Partaking of the Vishal Bharat Sansthan (VBS) to the social service and nation building particularly poverty alleviation sprawls over two decades. The said organisation caters to the need of weavers and rag-picker children's socio-educational evolution in order to assimilate them to the mainstream social development . Rag-pickers are primarily regarded as untouchables and weavers children are also deprived lot of the society in Varanasi, UP. Emphasis of the program is the educate these children free of cost with the mid-day meal and provide them uniform and books with stationary. The organisation has not received any grant from the government sector and its members generate resources on their own.
The organisation launched a movement in 2006 in Varanasi to free the weavers' children mainly girl child from the clutches of local money lenders who use to keep the girl child of the poor indebted weavers in lieu of their huge debts on account of compound interests. Later organisation introduced the system of Children's Bank in 2008 in order to provide facility of banking to poor children's to repay their debts and save money for future necessities. In 2008 the organisation helped mothers of rag-pickers children enrolled with it in getting loans from Punjab National Bank to start new small scale ventures to earn livelihood. The children's enrolled with the VBS are also imparted vocational training to capacitate them to take up more dignified occupation in future. They are socialized to the national values such as Independence Day, Republic Day celebrations, national flag and national anthem. As most of the weavers children are Muslims, the organisation also helps inculcation value of peace and multi-culturism.
The VBS also organized election children's parliament in 2008 to inculcate political socialization among poor children. Impressed by the social service of the organisation Mr. Tom Slater of Scotland is making a documentary film on the contributions of the VBS towards deprived children's evolution. The VBS takes up complete socioeconomic transformation of rag-pickers' and weavers' children to alleviate poverty together with its root cause. Other Pioneering/ Innovative work. The organisation in intensely involved in the socioeconomic evolution of poor children, encompassing variety of activities. Enter alia its contribution includes following:
Children's news paper "Bachhon ki Awaz" was launched in the year 2009, the newspaper is handwritten prepared and edited by the children of the age group 5-13 years. This aims to inculcate awareness and articulation among children of their social problems. The school on Boat on the Ghats of river Ganges was initiated by the organisation to impart education to the poor children of fishermen and boatmen , in the year 2010. The organisation also proposed to launch 'School on Tree, for the poor children of Musharas, the leaves plucking community, in Varanasi, UP. The organisation also pioneered communal harmony measures in Varanasi immediately after 2006 serial bomb blasts, one at famous Sankat Mochan temple. The VBS organized a recital of Hanuman Chalisa by Muslim Women at the Sankat Mochan temple as a gesture of communal harmony. A Muslim member of the VBS translated hanuman Chalisha and Durga Chalisa into Urdu, to reveal faith into inter-cultural harmony. President of the VBS Dr. Rajeev Srivastav was conferred Human Rights Millennium Award in 2000, by International Association of Educators for World Peace, for his contribution through the VBS for the social services imparted to the children of rag-pickers.
Activities of Vishal Bharat Shansthan: