Not Just Childsplay

Kharibari Village, India


For several months, we have been motivating Kharibari villagers to start some businesses but they preferred working for others over branching out on their own. After the lockdown, the situation changed and villagers who have been living in other states have returned home. Now, as there are no jobs or employment available, the villagers are starting to consider the option of doing something on their own. One such person is Gopal who was working as a day labourer. After losing his job, he was thinking of starting his own business and we, at the Kharibari Village committee, provided him a loan of Rs 6,500 for poultry farming. He has now started his own farm and is looking after it well. We hope that he will succeed in sustaining his business.  


One of our goals is to start Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Kurtia Dhura Village in the Dangee Tea estate. We think that our playschool could be useful since there are many students from that village who attend it. Kurtia Dhura has no community centre. Alcohol abuse and crimes against women and children are rampant. Children are among the most vulnerable to crime and exploitation. In this regard, we did one awareness meeting for parents about child sexual abuse. Twelve couples learnt about saving children from sexual abuse. 


As we are trying to begin TCD lessons in Kurtia Dhura, the children of our playschool can be a good help. We called on all the children of Kurtia Dhura along with their parents to observe the Children’s Day. This day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care, and education of children. It is celebrated on 14 November as a tribute to India’s first Prime Minister Nehru. About 14 children with their parents attended. We danced and sang active songs with the children and finished up by distributing sweets. 


Parents were very happy and thankful and are now open to having such a programme in their own village of Kurtia Dhura. In the coming days, we plan to visit Kurtia Dhura and speak about starting TCD there. We hope we will encounter positive responses.


Thank you,