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Rural Bengal Biospheric Research Foundation
(Non-Profit Organization registered under WBSRA-1961, Government of West Bengal and Income Tax Department, Government of India)
Conserves Biodiversity and Empowers Women
Rescue and Rehab the FWIS !!!
This is unfortunate to project that some 2000 Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) are leading a miserable life at 20 remote forest-side villages of Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! They often killed either by Tiger attack, Crocodile fetch or venomous snake bites in a regular course!! Many of them are suffering from uterus cancer perhaps due to submerged condition in saline water for several hours on each day!!!...more
Rescue and Rehab the FWIS !!!
This is unfortunate to project that some 2000 Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) are leading a miserable life at 20 remote forest-side villages of Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! They often killed either by Tiger attack, Crocodile fetch or venomous snake bites in a regular course!! Many of them are suffering from uterus cancer perhaps due to submerged condition in saline water for several hours on each day!!!...more
Rescue and Rehab the FWIS !!!
This is unfortunate to project that some 2000 Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) are leading a miserable life at 20 remote forest-side villages of Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! They often killed either by Tiger attack, Crocodile fetch or venomous snake bites in a regular course!! Many of them are suffering from uterus cancer perhaps due to submerged condition in saline water for several hours on each day!!!...more
Rescue and Rehab the FWIS !!!
This is unfortunate to project that some 2000 Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) are leading a miserable life at 20 remote forest-side villages of Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! They often killed either by Tiger attack, Crocodile fetch or venomous snake bites in a regular course!! Many of them are suffering from uterus cancer perhaps due to submerged condition in saline water for several hours on each day!!!...more
RESCUE AND REHAB THE FWIS !!!
This is unfortunate to project that some 1701 Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) are leading a miserable life at 21 remote forest-side villages of Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! They often killed either by Tiger attack, Crocodile fetch or venomous snake bites in a regular course!! Many of them are suffering from uterus cancer perhaps due to submerged condition in saline water for several hours on each day!!!...more

"..Sundarban is an internationally famous biodiversity hotspot and declared as a ' World Heritage Site ' by UNESCO, some 1700 poor fisher women living in the area of Gosaba block, South 24 Pargana Dist. WB lead a miserable life, often killed by tiger, crocodile or venomous snake bite while collecting their daily needs from the forest. Many of these women also suffer from various diseases and have no proper medical support.

It is encouraging to note that Rural Bengal Biospheric Research foundation is working on alternative livelihood program's and taking the initiative to rehabilitate these fisher women with the support of other Govt. and non Govt. agencies. "


Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil

(Former President of India)

Ongoing Projects
BESTWAY-ALL BENGAL
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The Rural Bengal Biospheric Research Foundation has undertaken the project BESTWAY (Business Entrepreneurship Support Towards Woman Ability and Yield) in mission to facilitate support both to the rural and urban women for self dependence and to mitigate the gender disparity in human society. The RBRF firmly believes that the project will be the most powerful vehicle for empowering the women, better health and child care. The project will also aid the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as it is estimated that such a project can boost 10-15% growth rate per annum. Concentrating on the focal point, the organization has planned to bring the women under multi disciplinary applied training programs (40 disciplines) and is linking them with Prime Minister Mudra Yojona (PMMY) to avail soft bank loan ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 10,00,000. RBRF will also support them in selling their products through various digital platforms. The project has been launched for all the 23 districts of West Bengal and with the target of 1,00,000 women will be directly benefitted by this project per year, coupled with 5,00,000 indirect beneficiaries and ancillary units. Woman with strong business desire and located in any part of West Bengal may contact RBRF for complete assistance to her will.
LEAD-ALL BENGAL
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The RBRF has also undertaken the project LEAD (Livestock Entrepreneurship Acceleration and Development Initiative) in mission to facilitate support to the marginal farmers for shifting from agriculture to livestock farming, because of rapid change in urban dietary pattern and increase in market demand for animal protein and its various products. ICMR recommended poultry meat requirement in India is 11 kg per head per year, whereas the present poultry production in India is only 2.9 kg per head per year. Similarly, the Production-Demand Gap (PDG) is being observed in case of Dairy, Goatary, Piggery and few other livestock farming sectors as well. Considering the above market opportunity, RBRF field network and Mudra assistance, project LEAD has been undertaken for all the 23 districts of West Bengal. Some 10,000 marginal farmers will be directly benefitted by this project per year, coupled with 50,000 indirect beneficiaries and ancillary units as well. This project will not only help the marginal farmers but will also contribute to the national GDP. RBRF conducts livestock training programs (8 disciplines) and is linking the beneficiaries with Prime Minister Mudra Yojona (PMMY) to avail soft bank loan ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 10,00,000. Small farmers who are interested in shifting from agriculture to livestock farming and located in any part of West Bengal may contact RBRF for complete assistance to his will.
SFWS-GOSABA-SUNDARBAN
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RBRF the first, projecting an inexplicable suffering of the Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans (FWIS) on which the civil society is least aware mainly due to the accessibility problem to those remotest villages! This emergently crucial social disparity has been noticed, researched and surveyed first by RBRF, since 2014. Observing the ground reality, the organization has initiated the project SFWS (Social Support for the Fisher Women of Sundarbans) at Gosaba Block. The main objective of the aforesaid project is somehow to provide some site-specific alternative livelihood to the FWIS (Fisher Women of Indian Sundarbans) at the forest side villages of internationally famous World Heritage Site, named Sundarban Tiger Reserve (STR)! Some 1701 FWIS have already been identified as the beneficiaries of the project SFWS. The successful execution and implementation of this project requires sum of rupees 50,000 for each beneficiary. RBRF approaches to the responsible citizen and companies to extend their support to this essential rural development initiative for Indian Sundarbans.
SIFALI-KULTALI-SUNDARBAN
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In continuation to the project SFWS at Gosaba block, RBRF has also undertaken the project SIFALI (Sundarban Inland Fisherwomen Alternative Livelihood Initiative) at Kultali Block of Sundarbans. The same suffering of the FWIS has also been noticed, researched and surveyed first by RBRF, in the year 2017. 500 FWIS has been indentified at 4 Villages under Gopalgunj GP of Kultali Block. Observing the ground reality, RBRF has initiated the project SIFALI for the Kultali Block. The main objective of the aforesaid project is to provide some site-specific alternative livelihood opportunity to the FWIS who are living within the forest adjoining villages of internationally famous World Heritage Site, Sundarban Biosphere Reserve (SBR)! Some 500 FWIS have already been identified as the beneficiaries of the project SIFALI. The successful execution and implementation of this project requires sum of rupees 50,000 for each beneficiary. RBRF approaches to the responsible citizen and companies to extend their support to this essential rural development initiative for Indian Sundarbans.
CHHAU-JUNGLE MAHAL
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The project CHHAU (Cultural History and Heritage of the Aboriginal Underprivileged Tribal Communities of Jungle Mahal) relates to the enriched Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India. This Chhau culture of tribal communities is under serious threat of transformation and contamination, resulting loss of its original traits as quickly and radically which will definitely hit psychosomatic set-up as well as livelihood pattern of the performers due to its premature forceful transformation! This remarkable Folk culture offers varied expression of military prowess, energy and depiction of martial art connotation than any other tribal cultural offshoot of Indian Subcontinent. The project CHHAU is very much focused to preserved this ICH by providing support to some 300 Tribal Chhau Artists of Purulia, Jungle Mahal. The project requires adequate funding of rupees 30.00 lakhs in order met the production cost of the Book and its dissemination. RBRF approaches to the responsible citizen and companies to extend their support to this essential Cultural development of Jungle Mahal.
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