Project: Outreach Programme
Nature: Self-financed
Kind: Free Education
Target Groups: Underprivileged, dropouts, girls working as domestic helps and economically weaker students.
Area Covered: Doranda, Hinoo, Birsha Chowk, Argora, Dibadih and  nearby areas.
Director: Fr. Principal
Co-ordinator: Mr. Shivesh Kr.Singh
Manager (Finance): Fr. Superior

Introduction

The Society of Jesus is not a new comer in the educational scene. We have there for more than 450 years and the first significant steps were taken in Goa. Since those early days, much water has flowed under the bridge. Today our south Asian Assistancy runs 154 Secondary schools and 54 primary schools. The latest records state that 507 Jesuits are directly involved in secondary education and 96 in primary education. Clearly this is a heavy investment in human resources. Nearly 2, 00,000 students study in our schools and over 30 thousand in our primary departments. The mustard seed has grown into a huge tree.
Reflecting on actual situation today’s world and responding to the call of Christ who had a special love and concern for the poor; the church and the Society of Jesus have made a “referential option” for the poor. This includes those without economic means, the handicapped, the marginalized, and all those who are, in any sense, unable to live a life of full dignity. In Jesuit education this option is reflected both in the students that are admitted and in the type of formation that is given.
In order for parents, especially the poor, to exercise freedom of choice in the education of their children, Jesuit schools join in movements that promote free educational opportunity for all. The recovery of genuine equality of opportunity and genuine freedom in the area of education is a concern that falls within the scope of our struggle for promotion of justice”.

Origin of the Project

In 2001, Fr. Superior, Fr. Principal took the challenge of penetrating into the areas where people led a life full of misery and misfortune due to their extreme poverty. And they were not able to send their children to nearby schools as they were unable to pay the required fees. For these people food and cloth along with shelter mattered more important than anything else. It was a very decisive step as St. Xavier’s School authority invited X.I.S.S (Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi) Personnel Management Students to conduct survey in and around Doranda, Hinoo, Argora and Dibadih area to gain an insight of their lifestyle which further ensured a better understanding of their social and economic status.
The survey highlighted that the most of the people were either rickshaw pullers, daily labourers or unemployed youth. It also brought in the fact in the light that the influx of people from various parts of state came in these areas in search of jobs, business and good climatic conditions. As a result the new settlement pushed the Tribal and other poor communities into a number of small tolas which were already suffering from over crowdedness, unhealthy living conditions and serious economic problems.
Having conducted the vigorous survey, the Educational Project was started for five hamlets in the above stated areas. Whose parents were too poor to pay for ordinary schooling. They were basically the children of rag pickers, rickshaw pullers and daily labourers. Further more, one main centre was started in the school premise itself whereas the other four centres were established in the villages, for which the Educational instructors were trained at X.I.S.S, Ranchi.
The whole school infrastructure including classrooms, library, computer lab, science lab, multimedia facilities, playground etc. is made available to them.
Thus, the new system was in place and runs very satisfactorily since then.

Location of the Project
  • St.Xavier’s School,Doranda -Teaching for the dropouts, weaker students.

  • Madukum Ratu,Ranchi - Educatinal Activities.

  • Kathar Cocha,Birsha Chowk - Educational Activities.

  • Koynar Toli,Dibadih - Educational Activities.

  • Naya Toli,Dibadih - Educational Activities.

Sl.No. Centres

No. of
children

No of Instructors

Primary Level
Age group6-11 yrs.

Upper Primary Level
Age Group 12-15 yrs.

School Timings

        Boys Girls Boys Girls  
01. St.Xavier’s Doranda 250 6 58 81 47 64 2:30PM.
-4:45P.M.
02. Koynar Toli, Dibadih 90 2 35 55 --  -- 3:00P.M.
 -5:00P.M.
03. Naya Toli, Dibadih 60 2 26 34 -- -- 3:00P.M.
- 5:00P.M.
04. Madhucum Ratu, Ranchi 90  2 50 40 --  -- 3:00P.M.
-5.00P.M.
05. Kathar Coacha, Birsha Chowk 70   2 40 30 -- -- 7.00A.M.
-9.00A.M.

 

Objectives
  • To educate the underprivileged, dropouts and help them in mainstreaming.

  • To make aware of their rights and duties.

  • To raise their self esteem dignity and confidence.

  • To develop their soft skills and make them responsible for lives.

  • To establish a community, based on equality irrespective of caste creed and religion.

  •  To promote their language culture and tradition to help them self employ.

Activities
  • Classroom Teaching

  • Sports & Games

  • Cultural Programmes

  • Celebration of National Festivals

  • Exposure Program

  • Picnics

  • House Visit

  • Organizing Meeting with the villagers.

Achievements
Academics

The project is committed to uplift the literacy rate of the targeted groups to help them learn and grow to live well.
No of students already passed:

  • Class 10th : 70 students.
  • Class12th : 15 Students.
Social Change in Villages

As the prime concern is to bring in the awareness concerning their health and basic amenities, the project carries out educative and informative activities based on plantation and on hygienic living conditions. We also notice considerable changes due to such inputs provided to them through our efforts.

Motivation

The project intends to provide some counseling classes to the youth. For this now and then, certain activities like youth meetings and other such related activities are sincerely conducted.

Health & Hygiene

 It is impossible to separate health from hygiene as a good health cannot be attained without being hygienic. The project conducts medical camps and provides free medicines to the neediest ones. They are also guided to dispose of the waste safely in order to keep themselves healthy. The children are also given instructions on food habits and up keeping of their houses.

Employment

Students, so far have been able to get through various jobs like police, clerk etc. whereas some of them are working in private job like, in hospitals, hotels, petrol pumps etc. to name a few.

Vocational Training

The Outreach Programme is also dedicated towards providing some Training to the girls as well as boys so as to help them uplift their social and economic condition by training them for self-employment.

The two different training programmes for them are as under:

Students  Trade Person In- Charge
Girls Tailoring Tailoring Teacher
Boys  Carpentry Carpentry Teacher

 

Future Plans

1. Dispensary: To start a dispensary in a village in Dibadih as the health facilities like public dispensaries or clinics are not available in these areas. Non-availability of medical services also force them to go to private hospitals, Vaid, Hakim for treatment which in turn cost them a lot of money.

2. Cell Phone Repair: Today the entire world is globally communicating with a device, called cell phone. It has opened up opportunities for new source of earning for the less privileged groups by engaging them in the self-employment as cell phone technicians for their repair. Opening up or a cell phone repair centre would enhance their economic and moral status.
3. New Balwadi Centre: We plan to start a new Balwadi Centre near the Air Port which is designated as a backward area due to its low literacy rate.

Financial Need

As the saying goes "If there is a will there is a way". Finance being the backbone of any project, we also face crisis in its management. However we depend on the generosity of the well-wishers and people of good will along with our little sources.

Conclusion

Today our primary educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves, but for God…; men and women who cannot conceive of the love of God which does not include love for the least of the neighbours; men and women completely convinced that the love of God which does not issue in justice for men and women is a farce.


Fr. Ajit Kumar Xess
Principal