Focus: Community and Fundraising.
The Shanti Kunj, a not–a-profit organization has been formed by local handful like-minded people in the year 2005 with the objective to rescue destitute and abandoned old aged women from their hazardous work and provide free accommodation, food, medication and recreation till their last breath in a safe, healthy and family based home.
The organization has been registered with the government of India under Societies Act XXVI of 1961 at Kolkata, West Bengal. Its registration number is S/1L/32516.
Situational Analysis: There are quite no. of destitute & abandoned illiterate old aged women who are bound to take shelter in public places, cowsheds and landlord’s godown. Because they do not either have family/relatives to shelter or look after them. They are forced to engage themselves in hazardous work taking the unsafe risk of their lives for their survival even at the time of their sickness and old age. They do not have place, dignity and respect in the society rather they are highly neglected and rejected by the society, as they cannot speak for themselves.
Problem Analysis: They are rather detached from the homely environment & isolated with social stigma. They are frustrated with their painful life and as the result; they sometime want to commit suicide or sometime are retarded mentally.
Objective Analysis: The approach of project intended to address the issue of this vulnerable group by providing the necessary shelter, nutritious food, clothing, medication and recreation in a homely, secure and safe environment so as they will have dignity and respect in the society.
Overall Goal: To ensure transformed quality life of 20 destitute & abandoned old aged women with physical, psychological, economical, social and spiritual well being.
Project 1: To provide 3 balanced meals, medication, recreation and proper clothing to 20 destitute & abandoned old aged women.
Project 2:To construct a 2 storied building in a 0.08 acre land to provide accommodation for 20 destitute & abandoned old aged women.
Costs & Benefits
There are a number of volunteer opportunities including; Nursing care and Fundraising, aimed at helping us to achieve our goals;
To ensure transformed quality life of 20 destitute & abandoned old aged women with physical, psychological, economical, social and spiritual well being.
Accommodation:There is a rented one storied building available for the volunteers with 24 hours water, electricity, toilet and other required facilities. Boiled and safe filtered water is available for drinking. A refrigerator and washing machine are also available for the volunteers.
Food:Indian normal food at village set up is available 3 times a day – breakfast (8 am), lunch (12 noon) and dinner (8 pm) along with bed tea and tea at 4 pm for a volunteer.
Contribution: Volunteer is encouraged to contribute US $ 150 monthly for both food and stay. But according to the capacity and requirement of the volunteer, the charges can be adjusted or shared.
Volunteers must be aged 18 years old and over, experience to write grant proposal and raise fund for sponsorship is preferable as well as for construction and building skills.
Methibari, Salbari, PO Sukna, via Siliguri – 9
, District Darjeeling, India
Tel: +91 9434380752
Location: District Darjeeling, India
Average cost per day: $5
Focus: Community and Fundraising
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.