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1. Rural School

According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), more than 50% of the students in 5th standard attending rural schools are not capable of reading a second standard textbook and do not to solve basic mathematical questions. More than sixty five percent of total population in India resides in rural India. However, there is hardly any attention being paid to the education system existing in rural India.

With a strong belief that education is critical to empower children, particularly in rural India, DBDOC launched Rural School program to impart quality education to the rural children living in remote locations across West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Sikkim. DBDOC supports schools with appropriate infrastructure at par with all well-established schools and well trained, qualified teachers for guiding, mentoring and teaching the students in the rural areas. With this interventions, DBDOC transformed more than 25,000 children into educated, confident and responsible citizens of the country with a deep sense of commitment to their society.

2. Evening School

With a mission to provide quality education to all, particularly children of low-income citizens, DBDOC initiated the Evening School program in all well-established Don Bosco schools located in urban and semi-urban areas of West Bengal. The objective of this program is to impart quality education to students with an opportunity to become good, honest and responsible citizens.

Under this program, free evening classes are being conducted for the underprivileged children, who are dropped out of schools due to various reasons, or working during the day to supplement his family income but want to pursue their studies. The classes of evening school are being taught by well-trained and highly qualified teachers. Like the day scholars of the school, the students of evening school participated in various events organised by the Institutions, which include cultural fests, picnics and competitions. DBDOC also offers supplementary nutritious food or snacks to the beneficiaries who are being participated in the Evening School program.

3. Tuition Center

DBDOC believes that every child is special; and they should excel in all spheres of life. So they need special attention and care after school hours but the uneducated and poor parents could neither teach them nor afford a private tutor to support them. As a result, the child could not do the homework properly and soon after he loses interest to go to school.

DBDOC introduced tuition centers at various locations under the Salesian Province of Kolkata to provide quality education, training and skills to the poor, vulnerable and underprivileged children. The tuition centers through its educational program and bridge classes aims not only at giving the children quality education and a safe environment but also focuses on their overall growth, by providing them with like skills training, sensitizing them on issues of child abuse and child protection. Educational aids like stationary, text books and copies are supplied to encourage the children and their families to continue their education apart from this supplementary nutritional support is also provided. These tuition centers also impart computer literacy as an add-on training to enable the children to become much more proficient in using computers thus empowering them to be gainfully employed in the future.

4. Farm Field School

Youths from the rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to employability, mainly due to lacks of proper educational facilities and training. So many of them have to retort to farming either as agricultural labours or as farmers to support their families. So, when employment opportunities are low, a little knowledge of farming can make a huge difference in the children’s lives.

DBDOC’s Farm Field School is an innovative way to promote best agricultural practices to the youth through demonstration mode aimed at retaining /preserving/ promoting traditional wisdom of rural farming. With this objective, the Farm Field Schools have been imparting knowledge and training on various aspects of farming to the needy youth. Most of the aspirants come from rural agricultural backgrounds and are exposed to farming by their parents. But this program uses innovative integrated curriculum enabling the children to use modern technology with traditional methods. The youths are also taught about nutrition and healthy food habits. They are motivated to grow into confident young adults.

5. Technical School
Inspired by Don Bosco, the Saint of the Streets, DBDOC established as the path-breaker in bringing new hope to children and youth in difficult situations. With its motto “Learn a Trade, Earn a Living”, DBDOC mainstream the youth into the formally organized job market through market driven skill development interventions. Don Bosco Technical Schools have been rendering more than 80 years of service in skilling the youth of West Bengal.

The state-of-the-art Technical Schools have been moulding honest citizens to prepare them to meet the industrial needs and to earn a decent livelihood. And to benefit the full use of the human potential, the courses under the program are aligned to meet international requirements. It implies national standards for an in-demand skill set with national/global mobility that translates into better jobs. Under this program, the Technical Schools are resolved to give formal employment opportunities to the students. To meet the modern technological breakthrough, the Technical Schools keep updating its infrastructure and machineries as per the recent trends of the industry. With the demand driven training, the Technical Schools address work-relevant education systems, career guidance, life-skills, and on-the-job training.

6.Educational Aid and Scholarships

While the government has taken strong measures to in area of education, such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan schemes, yet the poor children from marginalised and underprivileged communities remain crippled by illiteracy and lack of education. Accessibly to schools are limited and factors such as widespread child labour that supplements household incomes, contribute to the steady rise in schools dropouts.

Since the parents themselves have very little or no education, their priorities differ, making it difficult for them to value education for their children. Other factors such as displacement, migration, too contribute to making education a minimal priority. Keeping this in mind, DBDOC’s Educational Aid Program aims to support and motivate the underprivileged children and their parents by providing for free educational stationary, school fess reimbursement, school uniforms and accessories from time to time. All the children linked to any of our educational interventions are beneficiaries of the program. Every year DBDOC supports about 100 deserving children by awarding Scholarships to pursue their higher educational program. The main objective of this program is to enable and empower the young men and women to reach their full potential as leaders and contributors within their sphere of influence.

1. Technical School

Inspired by Don Bosco, the Saint of the Streets, DBDOC established as the path-breaker in bringing new hope to children and youth in difficult situations. With its motto ‘Learn a Trade, Earn a Living’, DBDOC mainstream the youth into the formally organized job market through market driven skill development interventions. Don Bosco Technical Schools have been rendering more than 80 years of service in skilling the youth of West Bengal.

The state-of-the-art Technical Schools have been moulding honest citizens to prepare them to meet the industrial needs and to earn a decent livelihood. And to benefit the full use of the human potential, the courses under the program are aligned to meet international requirements. It implies national standards for an in-demand skill set with national/global mobility that translates into better jobs. Under this program, the Technical Schools are resolved to give formal employment opportunities to the students. To meet the modern technological breakthrough, the Technical Schools keep updating its infrastructure and machineries as per the recent trends of the industry. With the demand driven training, the Technical Schools address work-relevant education systems, career guidance, life-skills, and on-the-job training.

2. Vocational Training

Youth with low skill levels are less likely to be working and are particularly vulnerable to poverty. Those without parental care or coming from families at risk of breakdown have an even harder time finding a job. Vocational Training programs are a potential solution to this problem for individuals who are not in the formal schooling system. DBDOC supports young people to help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment prospects.

Vocational training offers more than just the opportunity to learn a trade. It helps young people to focus, develop a strong work ethic, set and meet achievable goals, and to strengthen self-esteem. The trainees are offered professional training in market driven courses like carpentry, welding, bakery, tailoring and handicrafts. The training program offers young people the opportunity to become skilled on one of the trades which is supplemented by life skills, communicative English and basic computer skills. Taking responsibility for their life decisions helps empower young people to take control of their lives.

3. Farmers Field School

Youths from the rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to employability, mainly due to lacks of proper educational facilities and training. So many of them have to retort to farming either as agricultural labours or as farmers to support their families. So, when employment opportunities are low, a little knowledge of farming can make a huge difference in the children’s lives.

DBDOC’s Farmers Field School is an innovative way to promote best agricultural practices to the youth through demonstration mode aimed at retaining /preserving/ promoting traditional wisdom of rural farming. With this objective, the Rural Field Schools have been imparting knowledge and training on various aspects of farming to the needy youth. Most of the aspirants come from rural agricultural backgrounds and are exposed to farming by their parents. But this program uses innovative integrated curriculum enabling the children to use modern technology with traditional methods. The youths are also taught about nutrition and healthy food habits. They are motivated to grow into confident young adults.

4. Night Shelter

When the sunsets and the night draw near, street children become particularly vulnerable. They are deprived of the basic amenities in life. They do not have substantial food to feed, no proper shelter to protect them from the harsh weather, and the evil of the society. The problems they face on a daily basis can only be a nightmare for all of us.

Every evening, DBDOC opens its doors to at-risk and homeless youth for a safe place to stay. The objective of this program to help youth get re-established with family, on their own or in some other supportive arrangement while providing them with safe and secure shelter. We not only give them safe place to stay and daily meals, we also help them improve their mental health, learn important life skills, find employment, and secure stable future. We provide youth with the support they need to escape from the cycle of poverty and leave the streets behind.

5. Children Home

Every child should have a safe and caring environment to grow and reach their full potential. The Children Home of DBDOC provides not only an ideal ambiance and holistic nurture to the rescued and vulnerable children so that they join the social mainstream and carve out their own identity but also a conducive environment to pursue areas of extracurricular interest over and above the academic pursuits.

The children who stay in Night Shelter are counselled and observed during their stay in the Night Shelters. Based on their attitude and willingness, DBDOC accommodates them in Children Home according to their age and gender to provide a nurturing and stable environment. In this ‘Home away from Home’, they gets the basic necessities like safe place to stay, nutritious food to eat and access to education and medical care. DBDOC helps them to access to education and vocational training as per the individual interest to empower and enable them to break the cycle of poverty. These children are also engaged in recreational activities, with scope for creative expression and physical fitness to grow with healthy bodies and minds.

1. Adult Literacy Program

In spite of the impressive progress in literacy rates, India is still home to 300.14 million adults and children living without adequate literacy skills. The literacy rate is especially low among rural and tribal communities. As a result, many of these communities have been unable to participate in the socio-economic development of the country. There is a dire need for programmes to further enhance literacy skills among rural and tribal communities.

DBDOC’s Adult Literacy Program is a development project that aims to overcome this illiteracy roadblock through providing quality literacy programs to disadvantaged communities, particularly women in the tribal areas of Mushirdabad and Oodlabari. The main objective of the programme is to respond to the needs of motivated tribal women and men learners who hold some position of decision making in local bodies but are without literacy skills and must depend on others to read. The project provide basic reading and writing skills through its various adult literacy centers. Though Illiteracy is a major roadblock to development, often resulting in the dis-empowerment of vulnerable people especially the poor, marginalised tribal communities, but at the end of the program, there is a tangible increase in self-esteem and confidence among the tribal women.

2. Vocational Training Courses for Women

Youth particularly women with low skill levels are less likely to be working and are particularly vulnerable to poverty. Those without parental care or coming from families at risk of breakdown have an even harder time finding a job. Vocational Training programs are a potential solution to this problem for individuals who are not in the formal schooling system. DBDOC supports young people to help them prepare for the labour market and increase their employment and entrepreneurship prospects.

Vocational training offers more than just the opportunity to learn a trade. It helps young people to focus, develop a strong work ethic, set and meet achievable goals, and to strengthen self-esteem. The trainees are offered professional training in market driven courses like Tailoring, Make-up and Beautician, etc. The training program offers women the opportunity to become skilled on one of the trades which is supplemented by life skills, communicative English and basic computer skills. Taking responsibility for their life decisions helps empower young people to take control of their lives.

3. Mothers Club

Women are most vulnerable, marginalised and excluded among the poor rural communities. Mothers Club is the first of its kind, designed specifically to improve the self-sufficiency for mothers, who face increased risk of experiencing poverty.

Mothers Club program aims at imparting knowledge and life skills to the mothers so that they grow in confidence are able to voice their opinion and manage their house and families better. This program intends to bolster life skills such as focusing on action, setting goals, solving problems, and coping. The program is organised in the communities in and around the rural schools and boarding centers. Majority of the members include the mothers of the beneficiary children from our programs run by the centers.

1. Tribal Schools

Santal and Oraon, the major tribes of West Bengal are living in the far-flung areas having no roads, no electricity, and no proper water supply. Very few are able to get proper education, and this is adversely affecting the next generation. DBDOC establishes tribal schools to impart quality education to children from Santal and Oraon in the remote and rual areas of Mushirdabad, Jalpaiguri (Oodlabari), Kathihar, Krishnanagar, Kalyani.

All the schools are co-educational catering to 3000 tribal boys and girls from primary to postsecondary levels. Equipped with experienced and trained teachers, well equipped classrooms, library, computer center and science labs. The school aims to enable the children, through quality education, to avail of high and professional educational courses and get employment in various sectors. The schools focus not only on education but also all-round development of each students through various extra-curricular activity, sports, games coaching. DBDOC provides boarding facility to those children hail from poor families in rural areas and lack the means, environment and outlook in pursuing and completing their education. The boarding provides these young children a safe environment along with accommodation, free tuition and nutritional food. The presence of Salesian Fathers and Sisters along with active presence of the educators, care givers at all times with them, helps in the harmonious development of their own capabilities and prevents them from any unhealthy experiences.

2. Farm Field School

Youths from the tribal areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to employability, mainly due to lacks of proper educational facilities and training. So many of them have to engage in farming either as agricultural labours or as farmers to support their families. So, when employment opportunities are low, a little knowledge of farming can make a huge difference in the children’s lives.

DBDOC’s Farm Field School is an innovative way to promote best agricultural practices to the youth through demonstration mode aimed at retaining /preserving/ promoting traditional wisdom of rural farming. With this objective, the Farm Field Schools have been imparting knowledge and training on various aspects of farming to the needy youth. Most of the aspirants come from rural agricultural backgrounds and are exposed to farming by their parents. But this program uses innovative integrated curriculum enabling the children to use modern technology with traditional methods. The youths are also taught about nutrition and healthy food habits. They are motivated to grow into confident young adults.

3. Sustainable Livelihood Program

DBDOC is widening livelihood options, as one of the key adopted strategies, both farm and non-farm sectors for reducing poverty in the remote underdeveloped tribal pockets of West Bengal. Tribal people earn a meagre daily wage, which is not enough to meet all their basic needs apart from food and shelter.

To address the livelihoods challenges of marginalized people in tribal region and to bring positive change in their lives, DBDOC engaged in promoting supplementary livelihood programs for the poor and marginalized, especially for the rural tribal communities. DBDOC provides knowledge, training and initial start-up capital in order to enable and empower the people to develop a sustainable alternate livelihood. The various projects under the livelihood programs are goatery, piggery, poultry, tailoring, beautician, E-rickshaw driving, etc.

4. Skilling in Indigenous Trades

Skills are never taught they are acquired. The tribal handicrafts are specialized skills that have passed down through generations and are a means of exclusive or supplementary livelihood of the tribal community. Skilling the tribes in this indigenous trades would result in creating more competent tribal youth relevant to the present day growth and development module.

DBDOC started skill training to catalyse the tribal skills landscape. The concerted efforts of DBDOC mentored indigenous youth about the value of participating in the skill training program which enhance retention and nurturing Indigenous student in their development in socially and psychologically safe settings. With this intervention, many tribal youth have turned out skilled craftsmen, thereby justifying their potential. In this regard, DBDOC ensures in providing and maintaining quality and culturally sensitive education to Indigenous students so that they not only access remunerative livelihood options but also to sustain the traditional tribal handicrafts.

5. WASH Projects for Tribal Schools

More than poverty, more than starvation, more than natural calamities, it is improper sanitation facilities or their absence, which have contributed to the high degree of infant mortality and poor health in India. Hygiene, for most of the Indians, is confined to the boundaries of their surroundings.

Because of the severe negative impact on health and civic systems, the DBDOC has established robust interventions to address challenges concerning inadequate sanitation facilities. DBDOC has been engaged in implementing WASH programs in all of our schools located in the remote tribal areas. The majority of the tribal people are unaware of about the concept of proper sanitation and safe drinking water. Under the program, DBDOC have dug deep tube wells and installed large filters to provide clean and safe drinking water to the children. Handwashing stations and proper bathrooms for the both and girls were constructed to provide them a safe, secure and hygienic environment. Besides that DBDOC makes an effort sensitize the children regularly about the importance of maintaining good hygienic practices thus enabling them to become advocates of change among the communities from which they belong.

6. Adult Literacy Program

In spite of the impressive progress in literacy rates, India is still home to 300.14 million adults and children living without adequate literacy skills. The literacy rate is especially low among rural and tribal communities. As a result, many of these communities have been unable to participate in the socio-economic development of the country. There is a dire need for programmes to further enhance literacy skills among rural and tribal communities.

DBDOC’s Adult Literacy Program is a development project that aims to overcome this illiteracy roadblock through providing quality literacy programs to disadvantaged communities in the tribal areas of Mushirdabad and Oodlabari. The main objective of the programme is to respond to the needs of motivated tribal women and men learners who hold some position of decision making in local bodies but are without literacy skills and must depend on others to read. The project provide basic reading and writing skills through its various adult literacy centers. Though Illiteracy is a major roadblock to development, often resulting in the dis-empowerment of vulnerable people especially the poor, marginalised tribal communities, but at the end of the program, there is a tangible increase in self-esteem and confidence among the tribal women.

1. Nutrition Garden

Food security is of great concern to the developing countries like India. Consuming adequate quantity of good quality food not only makes a healthy body but also creates a healthy mind which leads to a healthy and efficient labour force. However, food is not adequately available to all. Many people suffer from the problem of food insecurity. A sizeable proportion of population is starving in India. The most vulnerable are poorer sections of the population in States like West Bengal and more particularly the tribal community.
DBDOC promoted Nutrition Garden is known to be one of the best solutions to tackle the difficult issue of malnourishment. A nutrition garden appropriately utilises space at Farm Field School and Boarding Centers to grow fruits and vegetables that can not only sustain the tribal children, but also support their dietary requirements. Seasonal vegetables are grown by utilising locally available waste and other materials as manure or fertiliser. They can be used for long periods to fulfill the daily needs of the center.

2. Supplementary Nutritional Support

Well-nourished children are more likely to be healthy, productive and ready to learn. Malnutrition affects chances of survival for children, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, and makes them less productive in later life. t is estimated that malnutrition is a contributing factor in about one-third of all deaths of children under the age of 5.

DBDOC through provides Supplementary Nutritional Support (SNS) to the poor and needy children from our tuition and rural boarding centers. Most of the children come from poor family background, their family income is not enough to support wholesome nutrition diet for their children, educational costs and medical costs. The SNS program identifies such needy, malnourished children and provide them support by giving them supplementary dry ration kits to the children at regular intervals. Our kits are planned to meet the nutritional deficiencies of the children and provide them a balanced diet.

3. Farm Field School

Youths from the tribal areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to employability, mainly due to lacks of proper educational facilities and training. So many of them have to engage in farming either as agricultural labours or as farmers to support their families. So, when employment opportunities are low, a little knowledge of farming can make a huge difference in the children’s lives.

DBDOC’s Farm Field School is an innovative way to promote best agricultural practices to the youth through demonstration mode aimed at retaining / preserving / promoting traditional wisdom of rural farming. With this objective, the Farm Field Schools have been imparting knowledge and training on various aspects of farming to the needy youth. Most of the aspirants come from rural agricultural backgrounds and are exposed to farming by their parents.s But this program uses innovative integrated curriculum enabling the children to use modern technology with traditional methods. The youths are also taught about nutrition

1. Rural Healthcare Centre (RHC)

Health parameters of tribal population had always been a concern for India’s march towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Access to health services becomes more difficult in tribal areas as the roads are poor or non-existent. There is a lack of public/private transport and ambulance services and, additionally, telephone network does not reach many areas reliably. Language/social barriers and the lack of access to money etc.

DBDOC has been instrumental in the construction of the Rural Healthcare Center ‘Daya Duar Health Center’ in Polsondamore, Mushirdabad. The objective of RHC program is to increase access to primary care services for patients in tribal communities in and around Polsondamore. The villages predominantly consists of Santhal tribal people who are extremely poor and don’t have access to basic healthcare facilities. Daya Duar has an outpatient department with inpatient ward with 30 beds that caters to average 100-150 patients per day. The RHC is staffed by qualified doctors, nurses and on-call general practitioners. The health center provides free of cost services to the patients and is also equipped with a free dispensary. Recently we have also installed a state of the art physiotherapy center for the people.

2. Mass Health Camps

Rural India still faces healthcare crises due to inadequate medical facilities. People from remote tribal villages have to walk for many days to attend the nearest hospital for basic healthcare and any specialist treatment, which delays immediate patient care. There is a lack of knowledge about proper eating diet and preventive care, and basic hygiene awareness is minimal.

DBDOC is actively engaged in organising free mass medical camps in partnership with reputed hospitals through Daya Duar Health Center. The medical camps we run provide free consultation, treatment and advice from specialist qualified doctors as well as access to free medication on prescription. The Medical camps targets the remote rural populations from the surrounding villages located in Azimganj and Berhampore. Over 300 to 350 patients attends the health camps for the medical needs. Free medicine is also provided to the people during the medical camps.

3. Medical Check-up Camps for Children

Majority of the children attending our rural schools, boardings and free tuition centers comes from poor marginalized communities. Their family income is too little to meet all their needs hence majority of the children end up having many underlying health issues. Over time, with negligence this issues become causes of major diseases and sicknesses.

Children’s health is one of the major areas that gets affected due to lack of proper medical facilities. There is a lack of knowledge about proper eating diet and preventive care, and basic hygiene awareness is minimal. There is also lack of accessibility to the nearest hospitals which delays immediate patient care.

Under this holistic child development approach, DBDOC regularly organizes Medical check-up camps for the children where free medical consultation and medicine provided to the children. The main purpose of these camps is to identify the underlying health issues among the children and cure them.

4. Supplementary Nutritional Support

Well-nourished children are more likely to be healthy, productive and ready to learn. Malnutrition affects chances of survival for children, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, and makes them less productive in later life. t is estimated that malnutrition is a contributing factor in about one-third of all deaths of children under the age of 5.

DBDOC through provides Supplementary Nutritional Support (SNS) to the poor and needy children from our tuition and rural boarding centers. Most of the children come from poor family background, their family income is not enough to support wholesome nutrition diet for their children, educational costs and medical costs. The SNS program identifies such needy, malnourished children and provide them support by giving them supplementary dry ration kits to the children at regular intervals. Our kits are planned to meet the nutritional deficiencies of the children and provide them a balanced diet.

5. WASH Projects for Tribal Schools

More than poverty, more than starvation, more than natural calamities, it is improper sanitation facilities or their absence, which have contributed to the high degree of infant mortality and poor health in India. Hygiene, for most of the Indians, is confined to the boundaries of their surroundings.

Because of the severe negative impact on health and civic systems, the DBDOC has established robust interventions to address challenges concerning inadequate sanitation facilities. DBDOC has been engaged in implementing WASH programs in all of our schools located in the remote tribal areas. The majority of the tribal people are unaware of about the concept of proper sanitation and safe drinking water. Under the program, DBDOC have dug deep tube wells and installed large filters to provide clean and safe drinking water to the children. Handwashing stations and proper bathrooms for the both and girls were constructed to provide them a safe, secure and hygienic environment. Besides that DBDOC makes an effort sensitize the children regularly about the importance of maintaining good hygienic practices thus enabling them to become advocates of change among the communities from which they belong.

1. Solar Power

India is one of the most energy hungry developing countries in the world. The rural India suffers from severe electricity shortages and is often only on the power grid for a few hours per day. With such inconsistent access to power, children often do not have the light required to study properly and patients have been suffering from proper treatment due to interrupted power supply.

DBDOC under this Going Green initiative has started reducing its dependence on more conventional sources of power and electricity. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy, the rural schools, boarding centers and a rural health center have installed rooftop solar panels for meeting their electricity requirements. These units have not only reduced our dependence on conventional electrical power but also cut down on costs making our projects and interventions more financially sustainable. Through this step, DBDOC is aiming to achieve the twin goals of lowering power expenses and set a strong example of sustainable living for the students.

2. Climate Action

Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps people understand and address the impact of global warming, increases ‘climate literacy’ among young people, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour, and helps them adapt to climate change related trends.

Climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing issues globally. DBDOC as a part of Green initiatives has started its climate action program. Under this program, it sensitizes children in educational institutions on various aspects of climate change, its causes, impacts and efforts to mitigating the challenges. The children then work as agents of change and advocates in their communities with DBDOC’s support organizes through public awareness campaign. Awareness-raising enable informed decision-making, play an essential role in increasing adaptation and mitigation capacities to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

Vocational training is one of the major tools for reformation and rehabilitation of the convicted prisoners in correctional Institutions. In India, the vocational training programmes provide opportunities for the prison inmates to engage themselves in fruitful pursuits during the term of their sentence in jails. Such training not only provides prison inmates value for their work but also helps in developing the prisoners learning skills which can enable them to follow a vocation after release from the jail.

With the motto ‘Freedom, Honour, Dignity’, DBDOC intervened in prisons to provide job oriented training for the welfare of inmates of Berhampore Central Correctional Home (Jail) in West Bengal in March 1998. Vocational training courses, such as motor driving, motor mechanics, auto electrical, house wiring, garment making, musical Band, etc. were started to give a job oriented opportunity to these youth. After releasing from prison, they re-acclimated to life outside jail with the skills, and are able to secure full-time careers.

In year 2000, Don Bosco Prison Ministry extended its activities to Lalgola Open Air Jail by providing prisoners rickshaws, small shops, bags production centre, garment making etc. In 2002, Don Bosco Prison Ministry took up similar activities at Midnapore Central Jail. Computer training courses, garment making, electrical maintenance, welding etc were started in Midnapore Central correctional Home (jail). Now Prison Ministry carried on its expansion to 10 central prisons and district jails in West Bengal and imparted training in various demand driven courses for wage based employment or micro entrepreneurship. Vocational training by the Prison Ministry is playing an important role in the social and economic rehabilitation of the prison inmates, after released from the jail.

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