Supporting village crafts for eco-friendly development and communal harmony at Ashadullapur – West Bengal

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A Rural Crafts & Health Development Centre is being developed by the Ashadullapur Gramin Silpa & Sastha Bidhan Kendra (AGSSBK). As part of a drive towards the eco-friendly development, it initiates projects for Santal tribal youths, rural artisans, marginal farmers, landless agriculture labourers and women. They all cooperate for mutual benefit: earning their own livelihood while having access to quality health.

Projects managed by AGSSBK provide for women empowerment. Capacity building programmes aim at fostering communal harmony in 8 villages of Sattore and Kasba Gram Panchayat of Birbhum District of West Bengal. Educational projects help local people to understand and spread their own cultural heritage.

It is located in the region of Bolpur where Rabindranath Tagore set up the University of Santiniketan. At nearby Sriniketan, India’s first Nobel laureate made pathbreaking efforts to revive the region’s rural economy by gaining recognition for India’s traditional crafts and setting up health care centres.

Source: information about AGSSBK and photographs © Sanyasi Lohar, Secretary 2012

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