BNES is a non-sectarian charity that helps families of suicide victims in rural Punjab on the condition that the family’s children stay in school to at least 12th grade level. A high-school graduate child has better earning chances than a school drop-out. Employed children are the long-term salvation of a family. Donors receive full details of the family that they support.
The Baba Nanak Educational Society is a non-profitable, charitable organization registered under the Societies Registration Act. The primary objective of the Society is to offer co-education and vocational training to disadvantaged rural youth to enable them to get jobs or become self-employed and give jobs to others.
The Society’s Projects
Project Initiators : Mrs. Aman Sidhu, Dr. Rajinder Singh Bajwa
The JS Jaijee Degree College, Gurney Kalan (subdivision Moonak, district Sangrur), was established in 2004 and has expanded steadily over the past nine years. There was no other degree college within 30 km radius of Gurney Kalan and the need for an institution of higher learning has long been felt in this area. The college is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, and offers arts and vocational subjects and a professional course in computer applications. In addition, a range of sports and clubs allow the students to develop into well rounded individuals. The college functions from a newly constructed complex of classrooms, library and auditorium, located on a 10 acre campus just outside Gurney Kalan.
Within the next year staff quarters and hostel will be added.
Results of both BA-I and BA-II have been excellent, eliciting the Punjabi University Vice Chancellor”s appreciation. Several generous donors have contributed to the scholarship corpus fund allowing the college to offer assistance to disabled and needy students.
Project Initiator: Satinder Bhagwant Singh, Mrs. Aman Sidhu
The Sunder Amar Sheel Charitable Trust for Vocational Training, established by philanthropist Nanak Singh Kohli, is a sister institution of the college and functions from its own campus adjacent to the college at Gurney Kalan. SASCT offers computer training to girls and is now running in its third year. Training fees are highly subsidized (Rs 50 per month) to enable even families of very moderate means to send their daughters. It has has placed many of its graduates in firms and industries operating in Punjab. At present there are two computer training centres. As resources become available, the Trust intends to open more.
Rescue & Revival Project
Project initiator: Late Mrs. Daljit Jaijee, IAS, Manjit Hardev Singh
Moonak Subdivision has an extremely high rate of rural suicides and in many cases multiple suicides have taken place in the same family. Death of a breadwinner under heavy debt plunges an entire family into poverty and in particular it makes women vulnerable to exploitation. Sending children to an orphanage traumatizes both the children and the mother. A much better option is to enable the family – widow, children and aged parents – to stay together in supportive environment of the village. To achieve this aim, the Baba Nanak Educational Society runs the Rescue & Revival Project to provide education to children of suicide victims and subsistence to the family. The society also pays vocational training fees for girls. This is done in a very personal and individual way by bringing together donors and families in distress. The donor provides Rs.1300 per month; of this Rs 500 pays for education, Rs 500 is for food and Rs 300 is for BNES administrative costs. Donors are encouraged to meet ‘their’ families or correspond with the children. At present some 541 families are receiving support under this Project.
Registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010
The Society is registered by GOI (MHA) under FCRA for receiving foreign contribution (Regn. No.291420081)