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BMEP
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Rs.1,03,629
of Rs.2,00,000
137 supporters
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    BMEP Bihari More Education Project
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Children

    from Durgapur, West Bengal

OUR PRIORITY IS ACADEMICS DURING AND AFTER PANDEMIC – BMEP: We Believe in Quality Education for All
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."  - Nelson Mandela
This very thought ignited the students of the National Institute of Technology Durgapur who went on to form the Bihari More Education Project (BMEP) back in 2009.  It is " a Volunteers driven Independent Initiative by Students, Alumni & Faculty of National Institute of Technology Durgapur aimed to nurture the Underprivileged Children & their Families in & around the Campus." It has been actively engaged in catering to the opportunities and support they deserve. Regular teaching and continuous mentoring is the primary goal of BMEP. We are expanding our initiative and reaching out to areas like Ranchi Colony where more than 220 students along with 100 parents are now part of our project. We have also registered ourselves as an NGO "Bihari More Education and Welfare Society" under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act XXVI of 1961, Reg. No. : S/2L/34434.

WHAT WE HAD BEEN DOING BEFORE THE PANDEMIC STRUCK US:
Every Saturday and Sunday, we conduct classes inside the premises of the college and routinely visit them during the weekdays to assess their performance – both academic and non-academic. Apart from this we also arrange weekdays classes for those students who need some extra mentoring. Since kids are more attracted to visuals learning and the speed of learning is faster that way than conventional means, our sessions include both normal classroom teachings and animated video sessions.
Sports activities are regularly arranged to promote the sound physical and mental health of kids.
We conduct regular medical camps and sanitation programs to keep a check on the health, and to create awareness about the cleanliness and necessary hygiene.
For holistic growth of kids, we organize debates, speech, quiz, painting competitions, and many more similar activities which boost their confidence, which in long run will certainly add a star to their personality.
We urge our kids to participate in science exhibitions and cultural events held during several fests organized in NIT Durgapur. This way we give them exposure to various platforms and nurture their talent.

BMEP DURING LOCKDOWN:
Our volunteers did not stop doing what we are meant to do even during the lockdown. We did our best to arrange for aids to conduct online classes throughout this phase. Gradually more and more kids attended online one-to-one and group classes. We conducted regular tests and in the process, both the students and teachers got acquainted with various technical aspects of today's education. Also, we successfully prepared some students for JNV Entrance Test. Further, we conducted online versions of the aforementioned competitions and events and celebrated Independence Day, Teachers' Day, Children's Day online with them. And most importantly, we constantly followed up with their parents about how the kids are spending time at home as the lockdown did affect many in different ways.

THE FATE OF THE MIGRANT WORKERS' CHILDREN:
Most of the children belong to low-income families whose parents are mostly daily wage workers and migrant laborers. Many of them are phuchka sellers, washermen, watchmen, rickshaw pullers, etc.
According to a report published by IIT Bombay, there is an approximate outflux of 2.4 million workers from West Bengal due to unemployment. When parents migrate from one place to another in search of employment, children accompanying them get deprived of education and mental stability. Besides having free and compulsory elementary education, their economic condition forces them to make a call between education and their livelihood and thus get trapped in low-skill, low-wage work. But we are trying our best in these uncertain times to provide them with some online class materials so that their education is not compromised.

ARE WE MOVING AHEAD?
Fortunately, YES!
With your grace and our volunteers' hard work, we are moving forward towards our aim. Though our pace has been hindered by this pandemic.
During this global crisis, schools are closed in more than 190 countries. The education of 1.27 billion children and youth has been disrupted. 63 million primary and secondary teachers are affected in +165 countries and this has added a big hindrance to our motto.
Still, we have kept our purpose alive with the best possible solution of adopting distant learning methods through the online portal. We have been taking online classes for a while now and our volunteers are working heart and soul to make it best. We are trying and will keep on trying to get all the possible ways to dampen the effect of this pandemic on the children's studies.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE LOCKDOWN:
The newest additions to our success stories are Kajal Kumari Das, Aryan Raj, Rikh Gorai, and Ritik Rajak. Kajal and Aryan were coached by BMEP volunteers for the admission test of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in class 6 and they came out with flying colours. Rikh has been a student of Project Asha, an extension of BMEP, and he too aced the admission test. Now they can pursue their education free of cost. Ritik got a seat in a Government Funded Technical Institute (GFTI) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering after clearing the JEE MAINS. They made us proud and we are more and more motivated with each passing day. Please take a look at our achievements of last year too:
"Amidst lockdown, amidst this darkness, two of our stars are dazzling and giving a ray of hope to others as well. Team BMEP proudly and pompously wanted to share the selection of two students Sujata and Prem into the prestigious Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. Also, a student, Ritik, qualified for his 12th CBSE board with flying colours. Noticing his dedication and hard work, we assigned three of our volunteers for his JEE preparations and he passed that too with good rank."


KEY RECOGNITIONS FOR BMEP:
Bihari More Education Project (BMEP) is listed on "Startups by NIT Durgapur Students" on Udaan Vol-II Magazine published by Entrepreneurship Cell, NIT Durgapur and also featured on IdeasMakeMarket.com and Campus Diaries. Proudly stating that BMEP was nominated for iVolunteer Awards in the "Leader in Volunteer Engagement Category" in 2015. BMEP Mission was represented as part of UNICEF's State of the World's Children 2015: Reimagine the Future Campaign. BMEP became the PROGRESS CHAMPION / Winner #myIdeaofprogress at Axis Bank's #MyIdeaOfProgress Contest.

WHY IS YOUR DONATION IMPORTANT TO US?
During the lockdown, many of us are working from home and getting our salaries but our kids' families do not have this facility and they are having problems in meeting their day-to-day needs, thus cannot afford study expenses. Your good chunk of money is being used to pay school fees. Besides, we also need support in organizing Medical Camp, Sports Day Event, Sanitation Program, Sessional Events, Children’s Day Celebration, Teacher’s Day Celebration, Educational Trips, etc now that we are going to be back on campus.
In the era of digital India, everybody needs to learn things smartly. And to accomplish it, we have thought to establish a smart classroom consisting of a projector and teaching materials for activity-based learning to improve the understanding of the kids. At the same time, we will establish a library for our kids which will have all the necessary books and learning materials. Also, successfully we have been conducting online classes by whatever means available and we shall be more prepared if the world again goes into lockdown.
We are continuously working to fight for the betterment of our society and it would be a great help if you join us and provide even a small contribution.

ADDITIONS TO BMEP:
We are mentoring students from the orphanage named Purbachal Ananda Foundation located in the Purbachal area of Durgapur. The initiative is under the name of Project Asha. We will be helping them to crack the entrance exam of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.
For the children connected with BMEP, we have started a program "Read for Kids" for kids to increase their reading fluency.

FUTURE AHEAD:
We aspire to reach out to more underprivileged kids and take them under our wings. We wish to provide them with quality education and dream to see them succeed in entrance exams like JNVST, JEE, NEET, etc. We want them to achieve what they wish for and be better versions of themselves. Along with their education, we want to focus on their all-round development and to find their talent and passion to help them better it. Last but not the least, we will motivate more parents and guardians so that they allow their kids to lead a better life.

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