Have you ever wondered about the largest delta islands on the vast halophytic mangrove forest? Yes, we are talking of the Sundarbans. It has been rightly declared as a world heritage site. It comprises the lower regions of West Bengal and Bangladesh. West Bengal comprises 40 % of the forest. Many endangered species of the world reside in the Sundarbans like the Panthera Tigris or the Royal Bengal tiger, the estuarine crocodile, the olive ridley turtle, Gangetic dolphin, and monitor lizard, fishing cat, six types of sharks. The jungles of the Sundarbans have wild boars, spotted deer, Macau, etc. The terrain is also home to several reptiles and snakes which are both venomous and non-venomous in nature. 248 types of birds still exist in this land while some had become extinct in the past two centuries.
With its mangrove forests and large natural resources, the landscape is a natural reserve of the ecosystem. It also is a natural barrier against many of the cyclones as it prevents those in hitting the mainland of West Bengal and Bangladesh. Preserving this forest reserve is important to keep an ecological balance globally. For this we need to educate the community that resides in the vast terrain with immediate effects.
Human habitat has sprawled in the Sundarbans through ages and is ever-growing. But life for these people is a regular struggle between life and death as predators lurk in every corner of the forest reserve. The societal set-up is also vulnerable as there are exposures to drug peddling and abuse, child trafficking school drop-outs and underage elopement. Good formal education is a far-fetched dream for the children of these communities who had been tied to bidi-rolling and fisheries for generations.
We at Swapnapuron are in a ceaseless endeavor to restore the balance of ecology and community in the area.
In the past year we could empower 2820 families by creating livelihood opportunities in Pond Cleaning, Kitchen Gardening, timber-based livelihoods, Tube well repairing and maintenance. 50,000 mangrove saplings were planted and 450 saplings were distributed.
Our volunteers braved through the super-cyclone Amphan to provide food, shelter and necessities to the affected people of Hingalganj and the adjacent areas. We also provided more than 2500 families with dry ration during the Covid-19 lockdown.
In our continued vigil to make the community of sunderban better, we have been able to educate over 1000 kids till the secondary level through our Swapnapuron Siksha Niketan, CBSE English medium school and instill in them the dream for a better and educated life. With your continued support we aspire to stretch the education facilities to the higher secondary level. Most of the students here are sponsored for their education through the donor’s aid as their families cannot bear the cost of school education.
Donate towards educating a child from the Sundarbans to make the mangrove forest regions of Hingalganj, of West Bengal and adjacent regions a better managed community.