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Nearly 270 million Indians are illiterate – one of three such people in the world.


SICW has benefited over 300 children through educational access. 

Services offered:

  • Sponsor the education of needy children from primary school to graduation.

  • Monitor periodic progress

  • Counsel drop-outs.

  • Focus on education for the girl child.


Sponsorship support:

  • Financial and material aid

  • Health check-up and nutritional supplements

  • Coaching classes and a value education programme

  • Personality development and enrichment programmes

  • Vocational guidance and life skills programmes



SICW started an educational sponsorship program in 1985 with the aim to educate underprivileged children with the help of sponsors from various walks of life. The children sponsored in the program are from primary to graduation level.

Starting in 2024 several Children from UDAAN have also been benefitting from this Sponsorship.


The Education program highlights:


Education program - currently providing education to 300 children.

Nutrition Program - providing basic nutritious food under the guidance of the medical practitioner.

Medical Program - Annual check-up for the children by medical practitioner.

General Counseling - provided to sponsored children & parents with regard to future Education etc.

Dance Therapy - regular dance classes held to motivate and nurture  the children’s talents.

Participation in Extracurricular activities like Hope Annual Day, SICW Annual Day, Christmas Celebrations, Picnics etc.



SICW’S Education Sponsorship Program has helped many children to complete their studies and a few have carved out a good future for themselves. A few exemplary students are mentioned below:

Sumona Saha 

Sumana Saha who lost her father at a very young age and was burdened with the responsibility of supporting her family,completed her Masters in Commerce and Diploma in Financial Accounting. She is currently working in TCS as a Senior Accountant.


Amalendu Das

Amalendu Das was just 8 years old when his father lost his job. With SICW‘s support he completed his graduation and works as a Medical Representative in Zydus Cadila. He is grateful for the education support extended to him.


Santu Samanta

Santu Samanta, a farmer’s son secured a seat in Medicine in 2006. He completed his MBBS and then later specialized in cardiology. Santu’s dream was to help his village people for medical treatment.


Santosh Shaw

Two brothers Santosh and Manoj were from a disadvantaged family. Both were very bright and studied in a small local school when we started supporting them.


Their excellent academic progress helped them to join a reputed school. They both cleared their Senior Secondary Examinations with flying colors.


Santosh joined an Engineering course and after completion joined Capgemini as a Software Engineer.

Manoj Shaw

Two brothers Santosh and Manoj were from a disadvantaged family. Both were very bright and studied in a small local school when we started supporting them.


Their excellent academic progress helped them to join a reputed school. They both cleared their Senior Secondary Examinations with flying colors.


Manoj got a chance to join the Indian Air Force (IAF). Last we heard he was posted in Jammu.


Manoj is sitting in the first row extreme right with is mates from the Air Force.

Avik Chakravarty

Avik Chakravarty, a tea vendor’s son, suffers from haemophila. His determination and tenacity to succeed in life, secured him a seat in Medicine and he successfully completed it with  SICW‘S support.

Bithika Pal

Bithika lost her father in an accident when she was in Class 7 and her mother struggled to raise her, working as a helper in a school.


Bithika had a good academic record and scored 84% in Madhyamik (Class 10) and 86% in Higher Secondary Board 

(Class 12). She successfully cleared her Joint Entrance Examination and secured a seat in Government College of Engineering & Leather Technology.


Her consistent performance has won accolades from her college teachers as she topped the class in her University Examinations.


Last we heard she was working in IBM as a Computer Engineer in Pune.

Akash Das

Akash Das hails from a poor farmer‘s family. He has a younger brother Bishal in Class 9. His father Mrinal Kanti Das is a daily wage laborer and mother worked as a cook to supplement the family income.

They live in a remote village of Nilambarpur in South 24 Parganas. They had no resources to educate their children. Aakash had to move to his maternal uncle in the village of Burul in South 24 Parganas when he was in Class 4 when his father had no work. He completed his schooling in Burul High School and had a good academic school record.


Aakash then completed his Diploma in Civil Engineering from a Ramkrishna Mission Shilpapitha in Belegaria Polytechnic College. His hard work paid off when secured a job as a trainee engineer in Genisis Fintech in Kolkata. Today his family is happy to see Aakash lead a good and meaningful life. Aakash is grateful to Hope Foundation for supporting his education. He is able to support his family in every aspect.

Debasish Karmakar

Debasish is the younger of the two siblings. Elder sister Deepali is studying in college. His father works as a security guard in an apartment in Baguati in Kolkata for many years and mother works as a seamstress to supplement the family income. The family has been provided a single room accommodation in the premises. Mr. Karmakar is illiterate and his earnings are paltry. The parents combined earnings are not enough to support their children's education but they aspire to see Debasish do well in life.


Debashish is a smart boy with a knack for cooking. He joined a two year hotel management diploma course soon after completing Class 10. He has now completed his hotel management course and is currently appearing for interviews for the post of chef in the production department. We wish him luck in his endeavour. Debasish is grateful to SICW & Hope Foundation for supporting his education.

The Bright Star Project

SICW has started a new ‘Bright Star’ education programme in collaboration with Aniruddha Sen Gupta. The aim of the programme is to support bright underprivileged girl students through their secondary education and assist them in obtaining apprenticeships with corporates. The programme provides financial aid to the students covering all their educational costs.  The students are periodically counselled, and their performances are monitored by SICW education team mentors.

The Bright Star programme has provided the students to dream big and achieve their goals even in the face of extreme adversities. If you would like to support the Bright Star students through the apprenticeship programme and/or support them in achieving their higher education goals please drop us an email at sicwind[at]gmail[dot]com.


The Successes

The Two Bright Stars in our First Year

In the first year of the programme, we sponsored Anjali Singh and Sakshi Shaw, the two bright stars who faced grave financial difficulties and difficult family situations to continue their education. We are proud to say that with great personal determination and the support through the Bright Star programme they passed their higher secondary exams with distinctions. Anjali scored 86% marks in class XII and Sakshi scored 84%.

They both studied accounting and commerce in their higher secondary and are now applying for graduation. Anjali plans on doing Chartered Accountancy after she finished her graduation, while Sakshi wants to pursue a Masters in Commerce. We are currently looking at organising apprenticeship programme for Anjali and Sakshi through the Bright Star programme.

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