Vision & Mission

Search and experiment with alternatives in some specific development subjects. If successful, try to spread the models as widely as possible through various means.

Swanirvar at a Glance

In 1992, Swanirvar started with promotion of sustainable agriculture in irrigated and intensively cultivated areas of southern West Bengal, with 115 villages and more than 10000 farmers .

It went on, to grow its reach by conduction of various kinds of training programmes to farmers and workers of other NGOs, ranging in duration from half a day to three days.

In 2007, Swanirvar trained 1009 farmers and 2360 women SHG members on vermicompost and home garden in collaboration with a government programme in Swarupnagar Block. Swanirvar is actively involved since 2008, to draw up Land Shaping projects under NREGS in Sundarbans.

Street theatre has been used extensively by Swanirvar for quite a few years for sensitizing the community. Village notice boards, wall writings, audio-visual show, rally, awareness camps, posters form other means of communication with the community at Swanirvar. Swanirvar participates in many village fairs. Written and audiovisual documentation of models, trials, and case studies is an on going process with us. Good liasion with National Innovation Foundation to identify local innovators and to facilitate exchange of ideas is one of our foremost concern to reach out to the needful.

Facts and Figures

Areas of Activity / Work with Government
Arear of Activity
  • Pre-primary education - 4 centres with 300 children
  • Quality improvement of 15 ICDS centres
  • Primary education: 4 schools with 520 students
  • Interventions in 190 govt primary and SSK schools
  • Youth and Culture: in 16 villages, with 680 children between 10 and 20 years of age
  • Intervention in 72 govt high schools
  • Training on pre-primary , primary education to many NGOs in North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Midnapur, Kolkata , Malda, Birbhum, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur.
  • Arsenic mitigation measures in drinking water: in 30 villages; awareness in another 20 villages till March 2009.
  • Sustainable agriculture: in 103 villages of 27 gram panchayats in 6 blocks with approx 10,000 farmers
  • Micro-finance: in 86 villages, through ~ 8000 women in 840 self-help groups
  • Health: mother and child care in 11 villages (till 2003); regular blood donation camps, some cataract operation camps.
  • Gram Panchayat: creating participatory structures and planning systems in four GPs
  • Flood relief in 2000-2001. Community-based Disaster Preparedness in one gram panchayat in 2001; Aila cyclone relief in 2009.
Work with Government
  • Member of State Government's design team to draw up DFID - supported 7 - year programme for Strengthening Rural Decentralization(2003).
  • Member of State Resource Group of DPEP - SSA for "Gender" and "Community Mobilization" (2002-04).
  • District Technical Agency of DRDA, North 24 Parganas. To strengthen the Government's SGSY programme(2004-06).
  • Total quality development of 60 SSKs in Deganga Block from 2011.
  • Rogi Sahayata Kendra - NRHM Project in Basirhat SD Hospital from Jan, 2013.
  • Community seed Production centre, Govt of West Bengal from 2013

Infrastructure & Staffing

Main administrative and training centre at Andharmanik, very near the Basirhat-Bongaon bus road, with overnight stay facilities for 60 persons, with telephone, internet, Projectors, TV, Video player, computers, generator.
Smaller-scale office and training facilities in four more villages.

Full Time : 65, Male : 30, Female : 35, Part time / Assignment : ~ 15

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