Sustainable source of clean drinking water by installing submersible borewell pumps in the most vulnerable village of "Iswaripur" in Sundarban has been a real time challenge against odds from logistics to communication . We successfully did an underground boring 1350 feet and installed a submersible pump to lift water to a height of 30 feet overhead tank in order to supply safe drinking water to more than 2500 villagers . A similar project on sustainable drinking water was constructed in the tribal village of Gangte in Suri to provide drinking water to more than 5000 villagers and plans to install it in remote villages in the coming time.
Video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dra64hS74mw&t=26s
The outskirts of Kolkata are home to little townships, and along these live some clusters of forgotten people — the brick manufacturing communities of Bengal. The pandemic made all construction work stagnant for months; and as a result, they had lost out on their livelihood. With its mandate of touching the lives of such distressed sections of society, Meghdutam Foundation has set out to bring much needed relief to several such communities, in the South 24 Parganas brickfileds of Shilpi , Jamuna , Sagar and Rathikanta . It was once again the sheer human touch of Mr and Mrs Mukherjee which won the people’s hearts. They see Mrs Swaguna Mukherjee as an elder sister who cares about them as if they are her own family.
Video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxFv8fk5WaI&t=112s
When the second wave of Covid-19 was snatching lives in India from April 21 , the crisis of Oxygen Cylinders was Herculean . During that hour of helplessness , Jaydeep & Swaguna along with Six frontline warriors took up the challenge on themselves risking their own lives to fulfil its social and humanitarian responsibilities by establishing a link with producers of medical oxygen and reaching out with oxygen cylinders to the doorstep of Covid patients day and night absolutely Free of Cost , crisscrossing not only within KOLKATA but its outskirts in North and South 24 Parganas . A dedicated 24X7 helpline was set up and finally with the tireless efforts could save more than 160 lives .
Video link : https://youtu.be/zjD81Pgylu0
Meghdutam Foundation received a distress call with the imposition of National Lockdown at the end of March 2020 from the artisans of Kumartuli — the clay potters’ headquarters of the world, globally acclaimed for its clay idols and statues . With a stagnation of the economy as their idols and orders came to a complete halt with restrictions of festivals , the artisans and craftsmen were on the brink of starvation. Meghdutam Foundation sustained a continuous supply chain of essential food items in Kumartuli for months on end to render support to more than 450 families with food rations and Education support for their children from the beginning of April 2020 and continued till March 2021 when they had some revival of their work and things slowly started getting back to normal.
Meghdutam Foundation disaster management led by Swaguna , Jaydeep and Mahima Mukherjee just after the imposition of the National Lockdown on 25 March 2020 due to the contagious Covid-19 nature of virus , to reach out with Food ration support at least for a month across 8 Districts of West Bengal from Orphanages , artisans of Kumartuli , 700 odd sex workers children to the tribal village in Birbhum , touching 30000 odd families in a span of 6 months .
The organization rushed with tarpaulins , mosquito nets , dress along with dry foods in remote island villages of Sundarban post Amphan on 26 May 2020 extending hand on support in rebuilding 1500 houses , cleaning ponds filled with saline water and building community resilience as the super cyclone has wreaked havoc in the life of the common people in this area.
With the outbreak of the Second wave of Covid-19 in May 2021 in India , Meghdutam Foundation started reaching out to the doorstep of the Covid-19 affected patients with Oxygen cylinders free of charge 24X7 for 75 days continuously with 10 frontline volunteers overcoming the fear where at every step there was maximum possibility of catching up with the virus .
Persistent water pressure with the rise of sea level due to global climate change , soil and water salinization , periodic super cyclone from Aila to Amphan , excessive human settlement scaling the damage of Ecosystem , infrastructure development and livelihoods , conversion of paddy fields into aquaculture ponds with land reclamation towards the river has resulted into periodic destruction of mud embankment in Sundarban . Meghdutam Foundation was approached by the villagers of Bai Kuntupur Sri Hari Maity Maipith under Kultuli PS , Sundarban where the embankment standing between the Moirarchak village and Matla river was completely damaged , resulting into inundation of the entire village with saline water affecting not only the vegetation but also made life very tough for the villagers especially affecting 600 students to commute to ... school as several accidents took place . We deployed 45 workers and completed the 1KM embankment in One week on a war footing basis in September 2021 with hands-on support from Kuantum Papers , Rupam Banerjee.
Youtube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQGh6KmfCy0
2020... a year the world will never forget. Devastation had struck all over the globe in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. , Meghdutam Foundation’s founding member Ms. Mahima Mukherjee and founders Mr. Jaydeep and Mrs. Swaguna Mukherjee had taken it upon themselves to reach out to as many people as they could. Meghdutam Foundation support to the children of around 750 odd sex workers in central Kolkata’s Red Light area. Their mothers went out of business due to the nature of the crisis at hand, and were unable to provide for their children and for themselves. This section of the society is always kept in the shadows and looked down upon, with the children being treated as untouchables due to prevalent social stigma. This made the Foundation members even more determined to reach out to these young lives that are often too young to even comprehend the social isolation. Meghdutam Foundation received an emergency call from an orphanage in Behala named "Bodhan" which works after looking and caring after mentally retarded children, when during the lockdown they were struggling to make ends meet , the Foundation has extended an hand of support to these children in the form of rationing sufficiently for 50 days . Another orphanage in Digha "Antyodoy" with 300 orphan children has been faced with a similar predicament caused by the aftermath of the pandemic and lockdown and Mr & Mrs Mukherjee rushed with with food support which was the demand of the hour to support these orphan children for the next two months .
Video link : https://youtu.be/VdNnDbKMBLM
One of the pivotal centres of Shola work, commonly referred to as the Indian cork, is situated in Mathurapur Block I & II in the Sunderban area of the South 24 Parganas. The beauty and humility of these villages lie in the hands of the 500 odd self-reliant women who are upholding an integral traditional culture of the Shola artwork — an eco friendly, durable and renewable source of artwork which is slowly becoming extinct
Education support to more than 1500 students with books, stationaries, bags and academic fees in semi urban and rural areas. When the privileged sections of society are being able to use the internet to virtually continue with their education, Meghdutam Foundation has also taken the responsibility of rendering financial support to the education of 60 children, all belonging to potters and artisans of Kumartuli. Also Education support for around 200 tribal children in the village of Suri.
In Kolkata, Durga Puja did not witness its usual grandeur. To combat the gloominess with some positivity, Meghdutam Foundation came up with the idea of reaching out to underprivileged children from all over West Bengal and bringing them together to celebrate their very own little Puja in a by-lane in Kolkata.
With Swaguna’s caring guidance, the children of various villages set out to build their own Puja from scratch —painting, decorating, making the idol and conducting the ritualistic ceremonies— the children did it all, all the while maintaining Covid-19 protocols.
Audio Link : https://www.kalw.org/post/sandip-roy-356-little-durga#stream/0