The Amanat Foundation, India
Shreya Mehta on June 25, 2018 in Health & Sanitation
“To uplift the poor, the underprivileged, the needy and the deprived, we extend our support in whatever way possible. The attempt is to improve their socio-economic condition and make them stand on their own feet. We want to create a future where all of us have equal opportunities. We want a stronger and better-placed India.”
These are the views of Md. Shah Alam, who is the Secretary of the Amanat Foundation Trust. This trust was founded in 1994 on the 4th of July in Kolkata. The organization is primarily operational in the following districts of West Bengal: Birbhum, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, South 24 Parganas, Cooch Behar, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Jalpaiguri.
The organization extends support to the needy mainly in four main areas and their work is also focused on these four domains of life namely Education, Medical facilities, Occupation and Relief activities.
In the field of Education, the organization aims to create awareness regarding the Right to Education (RTE). From the beginning of December, they start to organize programmes and campaigns to let everybody know about the provisions of the government that entitles free education to all children from the age of 6 to 14. “School Chalo Avijan” is one such campaign that they run during the time of admissions into schools.
In areas where there are no schools, the Amanat Shishu Academy makes sure that primary schools are opened and education is provided to all children. They also provide remedial classes for those children who are unable to cope with classes. The purpose here is also to decrease the drop-out rate from schools. Occasional Teachers Training Programmes (TTT) are also conducted for teachers to equip them with the latest curriculum and extend support to all the needs of the students.
With full support and funds from all the members of the organization, steps are also taken to support the needy in making themselves independent, self-reliant and establishing a stable career. Occupation building and developing is yet another aspect the organization backs copiously. Micro finance is provided in support with the finance corporations so that self-help groups are introduced into businesses and other vocations. Entrepreneurship development workshops and necessary guidance is also extended all the affiliates. Small loans are also raised and provided to the deserving with a very lucrative plan and business idea.
Polio eradication, Avian influenza campaigns, Child Healthcare, HIV prevention and control are some of the medical services and movements that the organization undertakes with the motive to make 100% institutional delivery possible. ‘Mothers Meeting Group’, ‘Fathers Meeting Group’ and various other such meetings are held for help groups to mobilize people about diverse health concerns and remedies. Government Health Programmes and immunization programmes are focused in all medical campaigns of the organization. From the time that these campaigns have begun, more number of people have started to get themselves and their children immunized. Lesser number of urban poor are falling prey to various epidemics.
The Amanat Foundation Trust also has a Civil Society Support Group that chiefly comes to the rescue of the people at the time of disasters and calamities. Immediate support and help is provided to all those in need. Funds are generated to support all possible measures to secure their life and bring it to normalcy. Help is provided to restart basic amenities and start primary schools.
Md. Shah Alam also discusses another primary motive of the Trust, which is to prevent misuse of all funds and resources allocated for the poor. He says that in India, unfortunately all the resources of the poor are misused or exploited.
Only education, he believes is the solution to all problems we face. “We need to work hard in cooperation with each other to work for a better tomorrow. We need to stop spreading differentiation amongst people and increase brotherhood among various communities.
To read more about the inspirational work they are doing, visit The Amanat Foundation today!