Old Age Home

A major focus of the Mahila Seva Samity is the Old Age Home,with a capacity of 42 beds. It is housed at the new Old Age Home at Bosepukur. Ashoka Niketan was inaugurated on the 8th. of November 2010, to commemorate the birthday of our first President, late Ashoka Gupta. This is a three-storied building with single and double rooms along with attached bathrooms and balconies. Full of sunshine and surrounded by trees.
There is a community hall for social and cultural interaction, a sick room to cater to residents who require special medical attention, and an elevator to ensure the residents do not have to climb stairs.
Ashoka Niketan always puts special emphasis on the health care services of its residents. A team of doctors take care of the health of the residents. A consolidated health care management which includes a weekly health check up by medical practitioners, pathological tests, health records, supervised medication and diet control, help the residents maintain fairly good health.
Indoor recreational facilities like magazines, newspapers, library books are provided to the residents. They also enjoy T.V. and Radio Programmes. Special entertainment, lunches, outings, are organised by us and other welfare organisations throughout the year.
The Mahila Seva Samity does not receive any government funding for running the Old Age Home. A nominal charge is taken from the residents if they are able to afford it.
The amount received from the inmates is entirely inadequate to cover the actual cost of looking after each resident. Their actual expenses are met from contributions of members of the Samity and from public donations. With the Samity's acute resource constraint, we require your help and support for the smooth running of the Old Age Home. Funds are required for further finishing, furnishing and equipping the home for the welfare of the residents. Mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, quilts, mosquito nets, curtains, tables and cupboards are welcome. Additional funds are needed for chairs, cutlery, crockery, and towels among other daily items.
The Samity would be grateful for donations either in cash or kind to enable the Samity to achieve its objective of making lives comfortable for elderly women who have been rendered homeless in their last years.

How can you help? 

Sponsor a "Dida" (grandmother) by donating Rs. 25,000 annually for accommodation in the new home. This will cover food, lodging, personal and routine medical expenses.

Adopt a "Dida" by visiting her, writing her letters and sending her gifts.

Contribute towards medical expenses of residents amounting to approximately Rs. 2,000 per month.

Donate in kind - by sending books, magazines, food items, clothing, personal linen, winter wear, foot-wear, toiletries, etc for the residents.

Short Stay Home

Begun in 1984, this project is partly funded by the Ministry of Human Resources of the Government of India. It has a capacity to take care of 30 women who come here to escape from physical assault, sexual assault, and other types of physical and emotional danger. Our goal is to give them shelter, nourishment, care, space and support to help them regain their self-confidence through intensive in-house counselling, and opportunities for work.
Children who come to the Short Stay Home with their mothers are sent to school to help them get ahead. In addition, all our illiterate adult residents are encouraged to join our adult literacy programmes. Mahila Seva Samity has promoted many adult literacy centres in neighbouring villages with the goal of eradicating illiteracy.
The rehabilitation of the residents is arranged by giving Skill Training in various disciplines to help their economic empowerment either by way of self employment or by way of arranging jobs for them. There is a process of follow up which is adhered to in order to ensure and monitor the complete rehabilitation of the individual case.
On average, every year at least 10 women leave the Short Stay Home. Some leave to live independently on their own; others return to their families. However, after women leave the Home, we encourage them to keep in touch with us so that they know the Samity is always there to stand by them whenever necessary.
This year 15 have been rehabilitated. And there are 15 new entrants.


Sanction of the Swadhar Project from Ministry of Women and Child Development , Government of India was received by us on 21st February 2007. Mahila Seva Samity started the Swadhar Shelter for girls in moral danger from1st March 2007 with two inmates. The total strength of the Swadhar Shelter is now 50 of which 36 are women and 14 children. We have rehabilitated 14 women and 3 children.
A great deal of care is taken at our Rajpur Home for the physical and mental well-being of the inmates of both the Short Stay and Swadhar Home. They have regular medical checkups from doctors on attendance. They are taught sewing, weaving, mushroom cultivation, food processing. Computer training is also going on.Two of our girls have successfully cleared the Madhyamik examinations. One of our students is now a graduate and armed with a teachers training course, she aims to become a teacher!
There are regular outings, going for excursions and picnics. There are cellebrations in the Home too. With functions during Shishu Mela, art competitions, sports , dance and drama. Kolkata Sanved conducts a regular dance movement therapy programme which has gone a long way towards giving them a sense of self-belief and self -respect.

Crèche and Nutrition Centre for Children

Mahila Seva Samity runs five crèches in Rajpur Sonarpur area of South 24 Parganas.
They are located at Rajpur, Brotochari, Kamalgazi, Chowhati and Kodalia. The Creches
attend to underprivileged children in the 0-6 years age group. Another Creche in Kolkata, located in Topsia and the Chowhati Creches are aided by West Bengal Council for Social welfare, while West Bengal Social Welfare Board supports the others.
Each crèche provides shelter, meals, daycare, pre-primary school education, and regular health check-ups to 25 children between 0-5 years of age whose mothers work in neighbouring villages. Each crèche is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is supervised by 2 Crèche Mothers who also ensure that the children are enrolled into local schools when they reach school-going age.

The crèche rooms are spacious and provide comfortable accommodation to the children. All the crèches have sufficient light and ventilation and are also provided with electric lights and fans. A new crèche building has come up in the premises of Mahila Mondal and Sishu Bikash Kendra in Rajpur. Chowhati creche also has now acquired bright new premises, with large windows through which fresh air and bright sunlight stream in.
In all creches the children are taught numbers, the letters of the alphabet, nursery rhymes and songs in both Bengali and English. Teaching is aided by charts, flash cards, and books which are replenished from time to time. Their daily activities also include drawing, painting and making simple handicrafts, many of which are displayed in the crèche room. Children also enjoy listening to stories told by the creche mothers or samity members. They are also encouraged to play with toys.

Legal and Family Counseling

Mahila Seva Samity is committed to ensure that women from all walks of life are not deprived of their basic rights as individuals. Often, women in distress come to us seeking legal aid or counselling. To fulfill this need we have opened a legal aid cum family Counselling Centers both at our Village Centre and at our Head Office. Our Counsellors sit thrice a week at the Sonarpur Police Station to facilitate immediate relief to women who come to the Police Station for assistance and redressal.

Handloom Unit and Weaving Center

This socio economic project was started initially with aid from the Central Social Welfare Board.The main Production Centre of the Handloom Unit run by Mahila Seva Samity since 1956 is located in Rajpur where many weaver families had settled from erstwhile East Pakistan. The Handloom Shed and the equipment were provided by the Central Social Welfare Board . There was a ready market for our swabs, dusters, khesh and some household linen. But there was great need in upgradation of quality and design. Over 2012 and 2013 certain workshops and training sessions were organised, greatly supported by the Weavers' Centre Kolkata, a Government of India Undertaking. Members of the local community were involved in the training. There has been a tremendous response. Women of the area are eager to learn the skills and improve their economic condition. Our girls also benefitted from the programmes There were two training programmes for weaving skills,one for 3 months , the other for 6. The output of these found great appreciation in exhibitions and handicraft outlets in the city and outside. Another workshop on Natural Dyes has been held , once again under the guidance of Weavers' Centre Kolkata, in collaboration with Sutra. All in all about 40 women of the local community have benefitted. And they are keen to carry it forward.

Food Processing Unit

Mahila Seva Samity’s Spice Unit was founded in the 1960s. With the passage of time, these spices have become very popular among consumers. This unit is being run as a process to provide rehabilitation for women who do not possess adequate skills for other trades. Women of our Short Stay Home & Swadhar Shelter Home are involved in this project.
The project of food preservation has been taken up by Mahila Seva Samity since 2011 to provide vocational training to the inmates. The main objective of this project is rehabilitation and creating avenues for economic independence for the

Mushroom Project

Over the years our organisation has explored avenues for the economic empowerment of Rural Women and the inmates of our Home and has endeavored to see that women do not have to travel great distances to earn money since they also have the entire responsibility of looking after their homes. This Project was another such effort. The Government of India initially funded it.Mushroom cultivation is one of the on going projects that we have. Inmates of Swadhar and Short Stay Home are producing good quality and quantity of mushroom in proper time throughout the year. Our products are used in our Homes and also sold to the members and the local market.A refresher course for mushroom cultivation emphasizing on the organic method was also organised.

Training Programs or Community Development Project

As mentioned earlier Economic Empowerment has been one of the main pillars of our Mission. We have conducted many training programs for this purpose in our Rajpur Home. Our Girls have also been sent out to receive various Vocational Skills like Home Nursing, First Aid Training etc.
In the recent past we have conducted several batches of Leather and Foam Bag Training Programs at Rajpur under the sponsorship of the Community Development Project of the Institute of Hotel Management Calcutta.
Subsequently several Machine Knitting Training Programs were conducted at our Raj Bhawan office by the same sponsors. Several Tailoring programs were also run by them at our Karbala Creche for the same purpose.
Machine Embroidery Classes have also been conducted .The inmates of our Short Stay Home and Swadhar Project are greatly benefited by these initiatives.


Awareness Programs

The Organisation strongly believes that Empowerment can only come with Awareness. For this purpose the organisation conducts Awareness programs among the Rural Community and for the inmates of our Homes on various subjects, which affect their daily existence. The entire family along with children are involved in such initiatives.

Legal Awareness Campaign about atrocities against Women.
Rights of Women within their families
Nutrition Awareness
Aspects of Health Care
Problems of Old Age and Geriatric Care
Consumer Awareness
Education Awareness
Awareness regarding the Rights of a Child
Awareness regarding Hygiene and Sanitation

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