A Profile of National Shame
Among the vast poverty ridden population of Bihar(India) the most exploited and deprived is the Musahar (rat-eaters) community. Musahars are landless labourers who have been living in grinding poverty and sub- human conditions for centuries. Many among them are like bonded labourers living in ghettoes on the outskirts of villages. Literacy among them is about 3% and education of course is a far cry. Caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, Musahars ( 4.5 million) continues to live in abysmal poverty.
Future-The Best Gift to a Musahar Child
SSS in partnership with Samadhan, a Delhi based NGO established Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK), a fully free English medium residential school for musahar children. Students are provided boarding, lodging, clothes, healthcare and other necessities.
The Silent Revolution
Having received quality education Musahar children passing out of the SSK will be in a position to make full use of reservations in institutions of higher education in the fields of Engineering, Medical, Law, Accountancy, Management, etc. The few who can't shall be given vocational training and empowered to become self-employed and self-reliant members of society. SSS shall support the higher education of the students passing out from SSK. The school must gradually build a capacity to accommodate 1000 musahar children. Having made a quantum jump in life, they shall become inspirational role models and catalysts of change in their community. What has not happened over centuries can be achieved in a matter of a couple of decades. This is the silent revolution that SSS aspires to achieve.