Child Sponsorship Programme / Vivekananda Child Development Fund :
Vivekananda Child Development Fund is an initiative of Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad to mobilize the resources from benevolent donors in supporting the children belonging to backward, downtrodden families of rural Bengal for their educational upliftment and health care support. It is a sponsor relation programme which was launched in the year 2000 by most revered Srimat Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the then President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sponsor ship is aimed at association between the generous donors who have deep concems to save a child in need and the deprived, unfed uncared for children who are struggling for their minimum basic need of education. Sponsor relation programme was launched to secure support from such compassionate individuals and organizations to provide comprehensive educational support and preventive health care services. Presently there are 801 (Boys-406, Girts-395) children under the purview of the programme covering the districts of South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Purba and Paschim Medinipur of West Bengal .
Key highlights of the programme :
Sponsorship support for education is given in three phases. 1st phase is for preprimary to Madhyamic level, 2nd phase is for XI & XII standard and 3rd phase is for Degree/Technical education.
Primary education is given at our parallel primary schools and secondary school students are supported at our Special Assistance centres .
VCDF supports all sponsored children by providing books, exercise books, learning materials, school uniforms, puja dresses and winter garments.
Awareness on preventive health care support is provided.
Mother’s/parents participation is encouraged for their active involvement in child’s educational and holistic growth.