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Tata help for 95 tribal children

Tata Steel is helping a bunch of tribal kids from East Singhbhum’s Patamda block face the world with confidence.

Tribal Cultural Society, the corporate sustainability service wing of Tata Steel has launched Project Aakansha, a programme aimed at helping children of primitive tribes receive education and learn to read and write properly.

The project, which was launched on April 21, will ensure education of tribal children till the matriculation level at least at a residential school. It has already identified 95 kids, from eight villages of Patamda, who will benefit from it.

Tata Steel has admitted the children, all between the age group of four to eight years, to different residential schools in Chowka, Dhalbhumgarh and Gamharia.

“These children are poor and belong to primitive tribes. They do not have access to the bare minimum facilities and hence lag behind the society. Our aim is to make them part of the mainstream of the society and provide them with education so that they do not lag behind in the society,” Urmila Ekka, senior manager of the Tribal Cultural Society told The Telegraph.

She confirmed that the ball had been set rolling in this regard with all the identified kids being put into proper residential schools.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that the Tribal Cultural Society has come to the rescue of tribal kids.

Last year, the society had enrolled 23 Birhor children from Hazaribagh at St Robert’s High School.