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2004, May – India – WEST BENGAL: Charity work for West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (2003 & 2004)

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Inspiration for my mission came to me at the age of 14 when I read an article entitled “AIDS is deadlier than cancer”. It was about a homeless person who was laid down ion front of the Medical College of Calcutta, abandoned by his villagers and left to die alone. It made a huge impact on me afterwards and I started asking my teachers in school HIV/AIDS, but they could not give me any answers at all. As a consequence, 2 years later I decided to to get specialty training at W.B.S.A.C.S. (West Bengal State AIDS Control Society) and begin awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS starting with educating my own teachers. AIDS-related stigma and lack of knowledge about this deadly yet preventable disease motivated me the most. My mission spread first to people from my village, then my country and now it is a global campaign.

In 2003 and 2004 I did 180 days of Charity work for West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society, a regional state AIDS control society N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in India – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars in different provinces in West Bengal – see reference letter from the Project Director Suresh Kumar.

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Foto: Brochure for HIV Prevention in India, ASACS.

In West Bengal I travelled and worked for HIV / AIDS Awareness in the following cities:

Kolkata (Calcutta),

Darjeeling,

Jalpaiguri,

Cuchibhar,

Maldah,

Nadia,

Purulia,

South 24 Parganas

North 24 Parganas

 

 

About Somen Debnath

Dear friends, my name is Somen Debnath. I am a resident of the village of Basanti, Sundarbans, West Bengal, which is a great mangrove forest and the largest tiger reserve in India. My "Around the World Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme & Presentation of Indian Culture" started on 27th of May 2004, two days after I acquired Bachelor degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta. I have also completed 'Visarad' in Fine Arts from the Sarbabhartiya University. My goal is to cover 191 countries till 2020. I will travel 200.000 km in the whole world and reach nearly 20 million people. 118.000 km I will travel for charity, that's why I'm selling my Km to people. The support I will get from people buying my kilometres will help me fulfill my other dream: to build a Global village in my native place, Basanti, Sundarbans.

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