The Nirbhoy Gram is a first of its kind of a flagship philanthropic initiative in Malda district of West Bengal in eastern part of India with an aim to empower 3000 villages and 5 million people. The initiative spreads ideals of peace, non-violence and fearless existence. It upholds principles of Gram Swaraj (Realisation of true Independence of villages).
Malda has been declared one among 272 most backward districts by the Planning Commission of India. Nestled in the border of Bangladesh, the district has reported high levels of poverty, illiteracy, crime and communal violence. A large number of youth is affected by drug addiction. Millions of girls are married off prematurely before they attain the age of a major. The sex ratio is skewed, with high levels of violence against girl child. The district is a popular source of child labour and migrant unskilled labour. There is lack of employment opportunities and capacity to combat poverty. There is continuous river erosion and loss of livelihood due to violence and natural calamities. The drinking water is contaminated, with high levels of arsenic poisoning. The newspaper readership is very low. Community radio is yet to reach these villages. The television has covered only one fourth of its population.Read More