Sonada, 25th November 2019:
The Women’s Cell of Salesian College Sonada along with members of Radio Salesian conducted an awareness campaign at a small village located some kilometers away from Sonada town in Munda Tea Estate.
This is the first day of the campaign which is the 3rd activity of 2nd phase of the Project sponsored by United Board Hong Kong.
The main objective of the campaign was to create an awareness, about human trafficking, domestic violence, women’s health and hygiene, and prevention of child abuse among the remote village people, specially women.
The group also provided help to women living there by handing over 10 steel stretchers to the Mundakoti Sewa Samity (MSS) so that it can be used for emergencies, especially pregnancy related situations and prevent any kind of casualties.
“People living in the craggy slopes of the mountain villages have to carry their sick people in bamboo basket,” said one of the college team members Ms Nomu Sherpa.
Munda tea estate is located at an altitude of more than 2000 meters (6,560 ft) above sea level and covers planted area of approximately 100 hectares and is one of the highest tea plantations located in the world.
The campaign was held at Munda High School ground with High School Teachers helping in smooth conduct of the program.
There were almost 200 people present in the program which included, tea garden working women, school children and village leaders. The Secretary of MSS facilitated the program by assembling the people on time.
The MSS Committee consists of the representatives of 18 villages of Munda area.
At the end of the program a high school student shared some feedback of the campaign saying “women living in the society should raise their voices against the unwanted things happening to them.”
The members who went to conduct the program were Assistant Professors Ms. Nomu Sherpa, Ms. Pinky Gupta, and Ms. Sreha Agrawal, along with Radio Journalists Smriti and Rejina and two first semester students of Mass Communication Department Gaurab Subba and Sanjok Tamang.
The programme started at 1:00 pm by followed by an introduction and explanation of the objective of the program by Miss Pinky Gupta. The program ended by 4 pm with a vote of thanks by Ms. Nomu Sherpa.
Report by Gaurab Subba and photos by Sanjok Tamang.