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Ripon Sheikh

Prayers for stability during the festive season With Durga Puja around the corner, small traders pray that business picks up

It has been well documented that job opportunities have shrunk due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown and its aftermath. However expenses have continued to swell, especially for medical treatment. And now as Durga Pujo, the biggest festival of Bengalis approaches, the money crunch is being felt the most. Many middle income and low income families have…

Increase in child marriages, a side effect of Lockdown? Avenues for education and employment shut, child marriage on the rise in West Bengal’s poorest areas

It is well known that there has been a huge imbalance in access to digital education during the Covid-19 Lockdown. However, there has been another sinister fallout that is yet to create the outrage it should have, across India… the increase in cases of child marriages. According to the Department of Women and Child Welfare,…

What happens when a ‘school’ drives to the students? Many children in rural Bengal are deprived of online education, but an initiative has begun to show the way

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on education, especially for children from less privileged backgrounds. In this story we take a look at how a school on wheels is attempting to solve the problem in villages in West Bengal. As the Covid-19 pandemic raged, around 1.5 million schools in India were shut, disrupting…

Bengal Weaver

How the pandemic has affected Bengal’s weaving industry This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program

The Covid-19 Lockdown may soon ease off in West Bengal, however there has been massive damage done already, as it virtually cut off livelihoods of weavers and workers associated with the textile industry. The lockdown is said to have affected over six lakh registered workers associated with the weaving industry. CJP Grassroots fellow Ripon Sheikh…

Migrant Worker Wives

Wives of Migrant Workers: A story of struggle amidst uncertainty CJP Grassroots fellows documents the plight of these women

As the women, who stay behind in their villages to sustain migration by supporting their men, face acute distress amidst a prolonged lockdown, CJP fellows Ripon Sheikh and Tinku Sheikh speak to them and bring out their stories. Support CJP’s grassroots fellows to enable people from the marginalized communities document stories that are often ignored…

Mango Sellers Malda

How the lockdown has pushed mango farmers in Malda to the brink COVID induced lockdown and cyclone Yaas have affected their livelihoods

West Bengal’s Malda is famous for its variety of mangoes, which are exported all around the country and internationally. But the COVID surge, subsequent lockdown and Cyclone Yaas have deeply impacted the business of the mango farmers. Unable to ship their yield in time and being forced to sell mangoes at a compromised price point,…

Bitter sweet lives of honey collectors Surviving crouching tigers, stinging bees and stringent Lockdown restrictions to keep alive a traditional form of livelihood

For centuries the golden floral forest honey from the Sundarbans has travelled across the world, but the stories of those who collect it, just float on the delta and into the Bay of Bengal. There is no typically easy way to get to the world-famous Sundarbans, but even the most difficult journey to this vast…

BSM CJP

CJP & BSM help rural Bengal with Oxygen Cylinders This is what your support can help us achieve

CJP is working closely with the Bangla Sanskriti Manch (BSM). BSM is working in rural Bengal delivering medical supplies and kits to impoverished communities. CJP Grassroots Fellow Ripon Sheikh is a part of this initiative, where oxygen cylinders are being distributed, to those who need them, at Re. 1. Please continue with the support so that…

CJP combating Covid-19: Members continue mission to help vulnerable communities Opting for awareness, accessibility and relief, CJP has come up with ways to combat the Covid-19 crisis

With a finger on the pulse of India’s Covid-19 crisis, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has adapted its various campaigns to connect with vulnerable communities on ground and help-seeking individuals on social media. “This time CJP is concentrating on working with communities where we do rights work; in east Uttar Pradesh, Sonbhadra and Assam.…

Baha Festival

Baha “flower festival” of the Santhals Watch this video to witness the rituals and celebrations of Baha Parab

CJP Grassroots Fellow Ripon Sheikh brings to us exclusive images from the springtime flower festival, Baha Parab, celebrated by the Santhals and other tribes of India. Please Support our fellows so that more such stories can be shared with the world. Know more about our fellows here. To donate visit: https://cjp.org.in/donate Related: CJP Grassroots Fellowship:…

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