Reaching out to the
underprivileged has always been one of the missions of Fr. Felix Raj, SJ.
Inspired by his admirer Blessed Teresa of Kolkata herself, he has always
been instrumental when it came to helping someone in need. Through his
simple and quiet ways, yet so vibrant and dynamic, he has inspired many
others to follow in his footsteps. An Educationist, an Economist with a
Doctorate in Economics, Fr. Raj has a number of credits attached to him.
The first initiative supported fully by him is Parivartan, a social
organisation catering to the educational needs of underprivileged
children at Titagarh. The other is Snegam Social Welfare and Resource
Society. This Society was born as a response to address the educational
needs of many underprivileged children who are still left out from the
mainstream of our Society. Supported by a number of his disciples and
friends Snegam wishes to reach out to the unfortunate ones so that they
too can feel loved and cared for.
Snegam as a Resource Society
As a resource society
Snegam has conducted Orientation Programmes for Teachers of various
schools. The Programmes stressed on Personality Development, Social
Analysis, Child Psychology and Dealing with children suffering from
behavioural problems & learning disabilities.
camps and leadership training programmes for youth. Individual & group
counseling is also conducted by Snegam as and when requested.
Snegam in Kolkata
Snegam started its intervention in Kolkata under the leadership of Ms.
Cheryl Francis a social worker. A survey was carried out in about five
slums under ward 78 and the findings were not shocking. It was
observed that many families didn’t send their children to school
because they couldn’t afford to pay the high fees charged in regular
schools. Moreover, girls’ education was not considered important at
all and many of them were sent for domestic work in exchange of some
food and little tips.
Snegam took up the matter with one of the local clubs, which provided
a room to start a learning centre called Snegam Learning Centre.
generous contribution will transform the lives of many
unfortunate ones. They too will join the mainstream of society
and proudly call themselves Fortunate….All because of YOU……So
Awake, Arise & Act.
Snegam has received the 80G certificate from the Income Tax
department. Those who wish to contribute towards the education
of children to Snegam will get tax exemption.
Cheques/Bank Drafts can be drawn in favour of
“Snegam Social Welfare & Resource Society”
Aims and Objectives
To provide education to the very
poor children especially the working children.
To promote girl child education.
To enhance women’s empowerment &
promote self employment.
To support economically and socially
backward students to continue with their education.
To promote vocational training.
To organise leadership training
programmes for organised and unorganised youth, training programmes
for teachers, counselling services, camps, training in social and
community development, research work, health education etc.
To network with like-minded
individuals and groups.
Our Future Plans
To mainstream deserving children to
regular schools and keep complete follow up.
To begin similar community based
learning centers at various places. For example one in Garden Reach,
one at Entally and one near Budge Budge.
To begin Self Help Groups for women
(mothers of children studying in our LC) to promote self-employment.
To Provide Total Quality in
To act as a Resource unit for
education and leadership training of youth, teachers, parents etc.
To conduct Health Check ups for
children at regular intervals.
To network with like-minded
individuals & groups.