Here you can read two success stories from the ERDS Child Sponsorship Programme. The first is from Sandipan Mondal and the second from Mampi Sutradhar.

This is the first person thanksgiving story of Sandipan Mondal who is from Jaitan village, District Malda in rural West Bengal:

“My father’s name is Suresh Chandra Mondal. In cooperation with Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS), I am associated with the sponsorship program for the past 10 years. As a result of my inclusion with the programme, I have taken various kinds of training like Youth Leadership Training, Youth Health Corps Camp and the budget programme of the youth wing. I was a locality wing leader of the youth wing. Apart from participating in all the programmes of the youth wing, I was also involved in letting others know about various programmes. Every year, we used to take part in road rallies about health issues from our own locality. We used to come from every locality and then assemble at ERDS. My growing up thereafter was helped by SAHAY funded sponsorship programme implemented by ERDS. Apart from my studies, ERDS has also helped me with clothes like shirt, trousers and shoes in addition to medicines when needed and a few living place requirements like better flooring, tin roof and new latrine. I have passed my Madhyamik (Secondary) Examination from Ganguria Sri Sri Sharda Tirtham Ucchya Vidyalay (High School) with 81%. At present, I am studying science at Pakuahat Ananda Niketan Mahabir High School and I have applied for the SAHAY Hope Scholarship Program.

I will never be able to forget my progress and development. That is why I am extending my deep-felt thanks to ERDS.”

This is the first person thanksgiving story of Mampi Sutradhar and how she was able to reach her goal:

“I am Mampi Sutradhar daughter of Mahadeb Sutradhar of village Thinagar in rural West Bengal. I have been associated with the Child Sponsorship Programme of Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) since 2007. I feel grateful to be thus associated. The reason is that I have learnt how to solve problems through leadership learned on the Youth Leadership Training. I have also learnt how to spend and deposit money in a bank account from my meager earnings. Apart from this, I have learnt more about myself through the Youth Health Corps program and am able to make others aware. I cooperate with the budget programme of the youth wing and participate and extend my cooperation to the annual programme at the end of each year. ERDS has fully cooperated towards my growing up in life.

I have now passed the Senior Secondary this year with 84% from Pakuahat School. I have taken admission in the English Honors course at Pakuahat Degree College. Had ERDS not helped me, then perhaps I could never have reached my goal. For this, I extend many, many thanks to ERDS and the Child Sponsorship Programme.”