Thursday, February 2, 2017

Probini Foundation 13th Subcontinent Meeting & OAR Street Children School of Kolkata, India

Probini Foundation 13th Subcontinent Meeting
OAR Organization for Associaiton of Remedy (Street Chindren, Kolkata, India)
January 13, 2017, Ballygunge, Kolkata, India

Sachi G. Dastidar

On a beautiful sunny Indian 75F winter 13th Probini Foundation Subcontinent Conference was held in Fern Road of Ballygunge neighborhood of Kolkata (Calcutta), India.
The conference was organized by Mr. Arindam Banerjee of the Bankura (West Bengal State) center, and the meeting was presided over by this reporter from New York. Like before, after general discussion each of the attending Probini-supported projects presented their annual report followed by their future endeavors. Some of the projects who presented their report were: Swami Vivekananda Bani Prachar Samiti-run schools of Durgapur, Shishu Kalyan Parishad (Children’s Welfare Association) of Kolkata, Purbachal Ananda Foundation of Bankura, Prembazar Foundation of IIT-Kharagpur employees, and Organization for Association of Remedy (OAR) street children association of Kolkata and Probini Foundation of New York. Bangladesh Pranab Ashram of Pirojpur’s delegate was called at the last minute for another work in Kolkata thus he couldn’t attend. Some of the individuals who attended include Jayanta Biswas of Durgapur, Prof. Dr. Sujata Ghosh Dastidar of Sishu Kalyan, Arindam Banerjee of Bankura, Bikash Biswas and Biswanath De both of OAR, Prof. Dr. Rabindranath Chattopadhyay of Kharagpur, Mrs. Pratima Roy Chowdhury of Kolkata who visited scores of Probini projects in Bangladesh and India, Mrs. Sanchali Jana of Kharagpur and Mrs. Samhita Jana of Kanthi.
An intense discussion took place as to what to do as Governments of India as well as Bangladesh have put restrictions of accepting checks from overseas. Process for of accepting funds has been made complicated and time consuming.
The meeting decided to hold next year’s meeting at Durgapur, PaschimBanga (West Bengal) jointly managed by Durgapur and Bankura centers.
The meeting ended with a lunch, and earlier provided breakfast and tea. Money saved from the registration was donated to OAR for their street children project which was further enhanced with a donation from this writer. (On January 19, 2017 OAR project was visited by Mrs. Pratima Roy Chowdhury and this writer.)

Probini helps the following schools or orphanages. Schools helped by Probini include schools in Bankura, Durgapur -- scores of schools, Nandigram (Medinipur), Kolkara (Calcutta), Kharagpur, (plus a pavement school at MajherHaat, Kolkata) all in West Bengal state of India; Dubrugarh, Assam, India; Twichang, Mizoram, India; Comilla, Dhaka, Netrokona, Chittagong, Madaripur, Mahilara, Uzirpur, SriRamKathi, Swarupkathi, Bagerhat, Gopalganj, Rajoir, Dinajpur, & Chirir Bangar, all in Bangladesh. Probini has built 11 schools and/or dorms. 

Here are some pictures from that meeting:

OAR Organization for Association of Remedy School Pictures

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