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Pathshala, Pathbhavan and Churni
Run by
Srotoshwini Trust, Vadodara

Srotoshwini is a city based trust, registered in 2010, primarily aimed at encouraging underprivileged children to study and do a few activities for their development. Pathshala, was introduced in 2013, basically for the children of construction labourers. Presently we have three branches of Pathshala, in Vadodara itself, for street kids, and the children of slum area. Currently we cater to 110 such children. From February 2016, Pathshala has got a new premise at Police Training School at Lalbaug, Vadodara, where all the children come to attend classes. City police has taken up a project where they try to uplift the lives of the underprivileged children through education. The project is called Suraksha Setu Project. Pathshala gets the benifit of it. We have a hostel for 11 kids, who go to school regularly and do age appropriate activities. We run a library cum activity center at Sanjay Nagar, Sama.
We firmly believe, that children being the most vulnerable section of the society, are more susceptible to choose wrong paths as the ambience where they stay is not conducive to do anything positive in life. The more they are busy in studies and other activities the less they get involved in anti social activities. Our NGO tries to reach the unreached through imparting education and values of life.
Our future plan is to build up a hostel for 100 children, where they would get all facilities to study, free of cost.
From the entire lot of children, we send a group of 35 children to Navprerna School, which is run by Navrachna Education Society. We would love to send a few more to the same school provided we get funds for their transport. There is a group of promising children who stay at Sardar Estate and Ratri Bazar. We have plans to send them to Navprerna.

Helping children to learn
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Pathshala

A mobile informal school for the under privileged childern, operational since May 2013.


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PATHSHALA.com

A fully equiped hostel, dedicated education plan(students enrolled with Navprerna) and extra curricular activites for 10 under privileged children.

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Pathbhavan

A library and activity centre for the under privileged children. Pathbhavan allows these children issue books and engage in art and crafts activities, english-speaking lessons and computer training.


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Churni Collection

Srotoshwini has initiated Churni Collection – a collection of products made by the mothers ofa few Pathshala children and a group of young ladies from Pathbhavan.. These products are exhibited and sold at exhibitions periodically organized by Srotoshwini. The entire sale proceeds go to the ladies to be deployed in their development. Recently, Srotoshwini joined Tealcart, an online shopping platform, to provide the lades more opportunities.

Pathshala at present

Presently, from February 2017, we have started taking class at Institute of Leadership and Development, Faculty of Management, M S University of Baroda. Mr Jigar Inamder, Director of ILD, has helped us in getting the classrooms for the children. The timing is 8.15 am to 11.30 am.

Cultural Wing

Srotoshwini, initially was a hardcore cultural group. Its aim was to spread Bengali culture among the Bengalees of Baroda. It has completed 10 glorious years. It has created a niche among the cultural groups of Baroda. Srotoshwini performs contemporary plays, music and dance on various occasions. Presently the performances are organised to raise funds for Pathshala and Pathbhavan.

Curriculum

As far as our curriculum is concerned, we started from the scratch at each center as it was needed. Initially we divided them in different sections according to their ability rather than according to their age. Everywhere the stress was on making them read and write the basics of Gujarati. After coming to Police Training Center, children are divided in six classes e g from Junior K G to Class 3 and one advanced class, where they learn English. One section at [email protected], learns English as they can read and write Gujarati well. Along with studies, we conduct art and craft activities, solving puzzles, dance, dramatics and spoken English. Pathshala children take part in various cultural programmes. We stress upon extra curricular activities to make them more confident. We organise Annual concert for these children for last two years.

Our students and their stories
  • Santoshi

    Extremely bright girl, who was with us at Sama site, could not continue her studies because of her father and step mother. When we tried to convince her father, he allegedly asked us ‘ mere ladki ke pichhe aaplog kiyun pare ho?’ We could not do anything. After leaving Sama site, Santoshi once sent a note which says ‘ madam, aap jitna bhi kashis kar lo, mere liye kuchh nahi kar paogi. Main dusre bachchon ki tarah kabhi bhi khush nahi ho sakti hu’!


  • Kanu

    A footpath kid, once insisted me saying ‘ madam, aap mujhe aap ki ghar le chaliye. Nahi to mere mummy mujhe le ke gaon chale jayange’. I tried to talk to his mother. But she was not available. He does not have father. I thought next day I would try to convince his mother so that I could take him to our hostel. Next morning, he was not there. By then he had already left. Other children told me that he resisted his mother a lot and eventually got beaten up badly. The only demand was there that he wanted to stay and study. We could not help.

  • Ajay-Dinesh-Manisha

    Were very good in studies. Once, their father had to to go to Ahmedabad site for there was no work for him at the Sama site. They cried a lot. Their mothe met me, said ‘ madame yeh bachche mujhe chhorke rah sakte hain, lakin aapko chorke nahi’. I could not do anything then Only prayed. A few days or a month later, they came back with abroad smile. They insisted their father to manage the contractor and get work for Sama site. And their father could manage and came back. These kids now stay Pathshala.com.

  • Sunita-Bharti-Manisha

    UNANSWERED QUESTION
    The other day, Sunita (Footpath Pathshala), Bharti ( FootpathPathshla) and Manisha (Pathshala.com) won prizes at Open Baroda Drawing Competition, organised by Balbhavan. We were extremely happy till the question was asked.  After getting the participation certificate, a child from Footpath Pathshala asked with immense innocence on his face, ' Madam, yeh kagaj ( certificate) dikhane se ghar milega?'  I wish I could answer 'Yes'.
    Inputs from Juin Dutta

  • A LOVE STORY

    Today morning i got a call from a reporter. He asked me about Pathshala.  I briefed him.  He asked me, how did we motivate the children to abstain from begging. I could not understand.  He said, he interacted with a child selling books at Alkapuri.  The child said, she used to beg earlier. 'Madam ne bola, ' kisi ke age haat nahi failana'. That's why she left begging. Instead, she started selling books. This girl doesn't have parents. Comes to Pathshala in the morning. Goes to Navprerna in the afternoon. And sells books/ stickers in the evening.  The reporter wanted to know how was it possible ?  I replied, 'the magic word is love, i suppose'. Inputs from Juin Dutta

  • DREAM

    I was taking video bytes from the children for our music video Koshishen Atal. A very pertinent question was asked to so many children. The question was 'What would you become when you grow up?' The answers were a teacher, military personnel, police and so many other professions. A boy, Vinod, who does not have his parents, sells books near a mall to earn his livelihood, said ' Mujhe aise Pathshala kholna hai, jahan pe apne jaise bachche par sakte hain'.
    Inputs from Juin Dutta


  • Prabha-Arjun

    I met them few days back in Alkapuri. They were selling drawing books.The girl requested me to take the books as I have no kids at home so refused. Suddenly I could recognize the boy . He comes to jetelpur pathshala n I use d to teach them. I offered some money to them but they refused and said proudly hum nahi lenge madam ne mana kiya hai...I felt so proud for them n for our Juin Dutta madam.....I am so fortunate to be the part of Pathshala team. Inputs from Surjit Mukherjee Siddhant Mukherjee Indrani Banerjee Shashwat Mukherjee

Future Project

The children of our hostel ( which could accommodate only 11 kids) show a tremendous improvement academically and behavior wise. They have started doing very well in their school and other activities wherever they are engaged in. After working for three years with the urban underprivileged children, we have realized that the children who come to Pathshala for study, need to be taken care of for 24 hours. They need a conducive environment to do well in life. Our main aim is to build up a hostel for 100 such kids. We have acquired a land at Lasundra, near Savli, Vadodara district. The plan is to build up the hostel there.

Donate

For those who want to contribute by way of general monetary contributions, the bank account details can be obtained by contacting us. Srotoshwini trust has received Income Tax exemption certificate 80G.

Who are behind Pathshala
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Dr. Juin Dutta

Volunteer, President, Srotoshwini Trust.

When i interact with Pathshala children, i start knitting a new dream each day. A dream to see them grow as confident and sensible individuals. A dream to see them respectful and honest individual.

Bani Sengupta

Volunteer, Pathshala

At times I feel so contented, when I see smile on the face of these innocent students.., their joy for getting education and their desire to learn more makes me happy.

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Rakhi Garg

Volunteer, Pathshala

Pathshala is a place where children would like to study and interact with each other and get to know about their abilities. children find right path at Pathshala. they enjoy every moment. I as Pathshala teacher, is ready to inspire children all the time and try to serve all the things which are needed for them.

Shukti Bhattacharya

Volunteer, Churni Collection

A volunteer of Churni Collection, working with the women of underprivileged section. The women who are not financially protected. I aim to make these women financially independent and aim to bring back their self esteem. Some day they must be valued by their family members and so by their neighbours and thus by the society.

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Bithika Ganguly

Volunteer, Pathshala

I got a new life here. I want to dedicate the rest of my life to 'pathshala'.

Anisha Roy

Volunteer, Pathshala

I want to live 100 years or more...because as long as i live, i will be able to devote myself for pathshala. I have a dream- when they will all read, write , sing, dance, and will live a life with respect and dignity! I will go miles for them before i sleep ! Good luck to all my twinkling stars....keep shining.

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Mousumi Datta

Volunteer, Trustee, Pathshala

I wish the concept of Pathshala & Pathbhavan spreads all around and many more organizations come forward to make Baroda free from beggars and child labours. Hope our beloved city sets example in front of India in due course of time.

Arpita Mukherjee

Volunteer, Pathshala

Jab meri umar ho jayegi, apne bachche bare ho jayenge. Sab apne payer pe khare ho jayenge. Main murke dekhungi un sabko! Isse bada sukh aur kya ho sakti hai!

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Sumita Bhowmick

Volunteer, Trustee, Pathshala

Pathshala is my second home...where we study ,give and get love..and enjoy a lot...

Shilpa Dodhiya

Volunteer, Pathshala

जगह ऐसी जो फूटपाट से पाठशाला तक लाया । ऊॅच नीचे की भेद बिना सबको एकजूट किया । यही है फूटपाट- पाठशाला- पाठ भवन जिसका छोटा सा हिस्सा हम है ।

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Padmaja Datta

Volunteer, Pathshala

Every child has a dream and a right to better future, through education. At Pathshala the teachers help and guide the children take small steps towards fulfillment of their dreams. Because of the high teacher to student ratio and non-orthodox approach to teaching and learning the children love Pathshala. The teachers love the children and enjoy teaching them.

Preeth Khona

Volunteer, Pathshala

I am Preeth Khona pursuing my Bachelors in Archaeology & Ancient History at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. I am basically from Bellary, Karnataka. I have been working for Wildlife Conservation at Bellary and also here at Vadodara. I am a naturalist and a Conservation Photographer with a view of conserving Nature and it's wealth. I also learn Carnatic Classical Music (Vocal) under Ms. Bindu Namboothiri. I Volunteer at Paatbhavan under the able guidance of Mousami Ma'am and Juin Ma'am, whose Selfless service is my Inspiration. I have always loved to Teach and I feel education is of no use till it is spread. I feel Imparting Education is a noble deed. Srotoshwini gives me the opportunity of teaching the children who are the bright future of this society. It has been an absolute Blissful experience working with Srotoshwini and teaching the children. As a student, I know the importance of education as it is a force that can change the world for Better. I feel fortunate on being a Part this Honorable Vision.

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Ranu Bhatia

Volunteer, Pathshala

Pathshala has given a new dimension to my existence ;the positivity and energy of the children and the commitment and dedication of the teachers has extended itself in my being :we will make sure that the good work goes on

Dipali Choudhury

Volunteer, Trustee, Pathshala

I believe, these children will be prepared to face the world with more confidence. I am very proud to be a part of these efforts. God bless the children.

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Biradevi Singh

Volunteer, Pathshala

My dream was to become a teacher. Everyday is a challenge and rejuvinating at the same time. I feel relaxed. I always pray to god that i teach them as long as they need it.

Bandana Gupta

Volunteer, Pathshala

The strings of their affection have always encouraged me to guide them, hope to see them grow up to be a good human being.

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Pramila Kasote

Volunteer, Pathshala

My day is incomplete without our children. God bless them

Soni Sharma

Volunteer, Pathshala

I enjoy my children's company everyday. I want to continue this as my social responsibility

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Namrata Kale

Volunteer, Pathshala

I Namrata Kale am very proud and obliged to be the part of srotoshwini trust. I am very much lucky to contribute my work in such a great social service.

Bharat Desai

Volunteer, Pathshala

P- Power A-Attitude T-Thinking H- Habit S- Sincerity H- Honesty A- Action L- Learning A- Advantage Believe me, it’s a great experience, to teach children staying on foot path & in slums . You really know the meaning of “Life” & “Comfort”, when you see these people, staying on foot path & in slums, with no modern facility, and still they are happy & smiling. I love inter-acting with these kids, since they teach me the meaning of Life.

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Jayati Chakrabarty

Volunteer, Pathshala

Spending some time with Pathbhavan students is the most precious and enjoyable moment for me. They are so intelligent and inquisitive that I love to share my knowledge with them. My life has got a new way to love ownself with them.

Taneshree Dutta

Volunteer, Pathshala

Our trust Srotoshwini has introduced Churni's collection for a great cause. I am so happy to involve my self as a production team member. For myself to make my life happier is by creating happiness in other's life by doing some simple work is great . Thanks a lot srotoshwini .

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Rina Pal

Volunteer, Trustee

I feel great to be part of Srotoshwini Trust. I am actively involved with Churni Collections where
a few underprivileged ladies are involved. Our aim is to make them self reliant through Churni.

Snehlata Agrawal

Volunteer, Pathshala

It has been my lifelong ambition to contribute meaningfully to the society beyond the confines of my home and family.
Having built a successful and a stable family, I could finally afford time in pursuit of more lofty goals.
I have always believed that education is the best, and perhaps the only sustainable way out of poverty and helplessness. Pathshaala rightly recognizes this, and helps educate the children who otherwise are doomed to a life of perpetual poverty and misery. Foremost, being a mother,
I have experience of teaching life-lessons as well as academic lessons to young restless minds, which hold me in good stead while working with PathShaala students. One needs love, empathy and dedication to motivate and inspire kids to learn, one step at a time;
qualities that any mother has in good measure. The joy with which the students at Pathshaala learn and develop is extremely fulfilling, and infuses me with great pride and enthusiasm to continue in similar vein.

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Address

401, Vintage-2 United Colony, Near Navrachana School Sama 390008
Baroda,Gujarat, INDIA

Phone

+91-9714028704(Ms. Juin)
+91-9979352833(Ms. Arpita)
+91-7878598006(Ms. Anisha)
+91-9925844562(Ms. Shukti)
+91-9998950531(Ms. Mousumi)
+91-9824503533(Mr. Bharat)

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