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ACCESS TO JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
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CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
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Live and let live!
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Peace Building
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Strengthening the System and Building the Eco-System
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Community Resilience
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Survivors Empowerment
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Emergency Response
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Who We Are

A not-for-profit organization which emphasizes creating the best and meaningful opportunities for her citizens without discrimination. We address issues of social, environmental and global concern. An organization which focuses on developing outstanding leaders among women, youth and children and differentially abled citizens. We believe in the power of the deprived sections of the society and we want to support them with enough means to lead a life of dignity and self-respect.

Founder

Mr. Nihar Ranjan Raptan– Founder- Secretary. Finance, Admin, Networking, Donor Relations, Administration, Capacity Building, Resource Generation.  (Pioneer – Activist on Human Rights & Anti-Human Trafficking – WB). Undertakes Rescue Operations -Victims of Human Trafficking in Co-Ordination with National & International NGOs, Police & Law Enforcement Agencies, Trainer, Mentor for Grassroot Social Workers, Survivors and Community Leaders. Convener – West Bengal State Coalition of CSOs, NGOs & CSOs, Peace Building, Strategic Planning.

ABOUT US

We are working with various organizations acting as knowledge based support system. Our members conduct in- depth research and studies which follow a mixed method, approach. Based on the findings GGBK also facilitates necessary strategies for System Strengthening, community interventions, policy engagement, capacity building etc. according to the need.

Our Vision

GGBK envisages a community free from all evils, ensuring justice, equality and peace for development.

Our Mission

GGBK aims to create best and meaningful opportunities for the vulnerable without discrimination ensuring enough means to lead a life with dignity. It also aims to adopt and mitigate disaster management and climate changes issues. GGBK accords particular emphasis on raising and developing outstanding leaders among women, youth and children as good citizens. We have taken up preferential options for the poor and decided to work with the poor on equal terms with the poor.

The Inception, then and now

The journey of Goranbose Gram Bikash Kendra (GGBK) was started in 1985, in collaboration with communities affected by cyclone and injustice, in Sundarbans, South 24 Parganas. We intervened in post-cyclone emergency relief, rebuilding, restorations and gradually collaborated with various Government departments and community networks and eventually registered in 1987. Starting from Goranbose village we have extended our function to 63 Gram Panchayats in 6 blocks under Canning sub – Division and as of now around 22 blocks under Sundarbans. Our branches have spread to both North Bengal and South Bengal and even in other states of India. The movement is still growing. GGBK aims to build a society, which is free from all the evils of illiteracy, caste, creed, poverty, slavery, unsafe migration, gender discrimination and hatred. GGBK believes in the equity of all Human Beings in social and economic terms.

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Members

88

Staff & Volunteers

2100

Assistance Provided

3250

Livelihood Support

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Our work

Tafteesh: Access to Justice

Tafteesh started in 2013 as an action research programme in collaboration with Kamonohashi Project and Sanjog to study effectiveness and responsiveness of law and criminal justice system in addressing the issue of impunity of traffickers at source areas.

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BandhanMukti

BandhanMukti, a collective of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking has been a great resource for the programme. GGBK in collaboration with BandhanMukti has completed this 2 years project.

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Watch Group

Emergency Protection Mechanism at the community Level – Neighbours and community members from the survivors’ villages and blocks. In many cases they are influential people in their locality. The volunteers are from- different blocks of South 24 Parganas.

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Kaarya, Utthan and Caring Connections

Kaarya is a programme that helps survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence build their own capacity to develop and manage micro-businesses and lead a life with self-respect, dignity.

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Swayangsiddha

Swayangsiddha is an initiative started with West Bengal Police in the year of 2016, to combat Human Trafficking, Child Marriage, encourage youth led action.

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Drinking Water

GGBK has been providing development opportunities to the rural poor community for three decades now. Starting the work in one village in 1985, the organization is directly or indirectly supporting over 50 villages in Canning

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some Stories Of Change

Gayatri was 12 years old when she was trafficked to Delhi. She was rescued after a few months. When Gayatri was missing, the family contacted GGBK an organisation reputed to work on anti-human trafficking in South 24 Parganas. Gayatri’s return was seen as a threat to her traffickers, who conspired with the local police to make threats to her family to get off the case against the traffickers. Gayatri got help from GGBK but owing to a weak police case, the traffickers were acquitted. Her family wanted to get Gayatri married off when she came back. But Gayatri was determined to resume her education. Her family feared that their daughter would face stigma in school and it would be shameful for the family. Hence getting Gayatri married off away from her native village was the only solution.
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Anu belonged to a poor family in the Sundarbans delta region. This is an area is affected by the climate change and disaster. The yearly floods affected the livelihoods and income opportunities of many families, Anu’s being one of them. Her father was jobless and sent to Andaman for a job. Anu was studying and she wanted to be a famous dancer. In spite of their poverty, she was admitted to a dance school. She was only 12 years old when one day she went to a grocery shop and did not return home. Somnath Mondal nicknamed Reddi, her dance teacher took her to Kolkata on a false pretext of a show and then Delhi, where Anu was sold in a brothel. After 15 days Somnath made a call to Anu’s parents and told that they were at Delhi and that they were well and together. Anu was rescued together with the Police and GGBK. 32 After her return she was traumatized and did not want to continue her study. GGBK provided counselling support to her, referred her to a professional psychiatrist. The team for GGBK remained regularly in contact with Her and her family. They helped to address any stigma received from the neighbours and community members.
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Rama was married with two daughters and lived in Basanti block. She was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband who shortly left Rama and her two daughters to get married again. Rama was left with no savings, no income and two daughters one of whom was at her adolescent age. They had barely anything to eat and survived by eating rice starch and snails/mussels from the river. They barely had enough clothes or necessary items like medicines during illness. The neighbours would often help them by giving food. Rama constantly worried about her elder daughter falling prey at the hands of traffickers, who are always on the lookout for such vulnerable and poor families. Rama got to know from the villagers about GGBK and visited the office to seek help. After knowing her plight, GGBK supported her with clothes and medicines and encouraged her to undergo training on alternative livelihoods. She would travel from Basanti to Canning to get the training which also meant onetime food for her and her daughters. She got trained in starting and managing a micro -business. After completing the training, Rama started selling fish in the local market.
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