It started with a catastrophe
In the year 1978, there was a devastating flood in almost all parts of West Bengal. More or less all districts of this state were flood-affected. In Howrah district, it was particuallry bad because of the three of the important rivers the Ganges, Damodar and Rupnarayan pass along this smallest district of the state. The extrem forces of the water caused massive loss of lives and damage of properties. The children and the women were the most debilitated group in this natural calamity.
After this flood, initiatives were taken by a group of young educated women to organize the poor and marginalized women of the district to protect their interest towards a sustainable livelihood.
For this vision some small and big voluntary organizations extended cooperation to this women organization. Among these, Tajmahal Gram Bikash Kendra, a leading organization of this district, worked in close collaboration with this women group.
An organisation was formed
In the year 1979 this women group named Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra (translated as Women and Children Welfare Center) was registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act and in order to immediately respond to the flood victims and with a larger dream of overcoming the economic poverty through livelihood options.
And it is growing and growing
During the last two decades, in the development journey of the Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra, it has been able to spread out its activities in number of blocks of Howrah district with thousands and thousands of women and adolecents.
This long endeavour towards fulfilling the mission of NOSKK has become possible with co-operation and contribution of many national and international resource sharing agencies, the state and national level government as well as non-government institutions.