Ujjivan?s Social Development Program Helps Underprivileged Children in Kolkata

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ujjivan Financial Services, Bangalore-based Microfinance Institution (MFI), set up a concrete water reservoir at Vidhya Bhanvan Primary School at Kasba, Kolkata. Also Ujjivan presented two water purifiers to the underprivileged students at “Children of Topsia” school, as part of its national Social Development Program.

The 400 students of the primary school till now had been suffering without proper access to drinking water. The ’Children of Topsia’ school is run by a Spanish NGO and has over 180 underprivileged children from the locality.

One out of every two children in Topsia does not have access to education. Mr. Badan Chattopadhyay, IGNOU The People’s University Coodinator and former Headmaster, said “People in Topsia are primarily workers with below average income, so providing education to five children in one family becomes a difficult task. A majority of the children drop out of school even before they reach Class V and lack of basic facilities affects the morale of students and parents. I am happy that in addition to financially helping the underprivileged, Ujjivan is also encouraging education for the poor children by providing basic school infrastructure”.

Source: Microfinance Focus (link opens in a new window)