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Social, Charity and Humanitarian Work in different communities

Social, Charity and Humanitarian Work in different communities

Dear friends,

My name is Somen Debnath.  I am a resident of the village of Basanti, which is located in Sundarbans, West Bengal, India. Sundarbans is a great mangrove forest and the largest tiger reserve in India.

I started my “Around the World Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme & Presentation of Indian Culture” on 27th of May 2004, just two days after I acquired Bachelor degree in Zoology, Geology & Anthropology from the University of Calcutta. I have also completed ‘Visarad’ in Fine Arts from the Sarba Bhartiya University.

MY GOAL

I am on 191 countries tour and I will achieve this goal with completing my journey in the year 2020. Through my bicycle tour around the world I am attempting to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS through lectures and I am also giving seminars about Indian culture. Focus of HIV/AIDS Awareness programme is on underprivileged poor people, urban/rural and tribal population worldwide who have the lowest level of awareness about this deadly disease.

I wish to educate people from different parts of society by raising awareness among students of schools, colleges, universities and also encourage these institutions to start a chapter on HIV/AIDS awareness program, promote the use of needles & syringes among drug-addicted people and use of condoms for sex workers. My aim is also to bring awareness among the youth and encourage Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the respective countries in the world.

The persons I meet are students, youth and communities who might benefit from awareness program will spread it in their societies of respected countries. Besides, I am also keen to present India and Indian culture through seminars.

INSPIRATION

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.

Here you have a detailed description of my social, charity and humanitarian work since 2007.

 

Country/Region

Years

Period

Description

ASIA
INDIA 1997 – 1999 730 days Charity work for Champa Mohila Society, West Bengal, an NGO dealing with orphans and women education and self help group. My work consisted of teaching painting and drama, organizing cultural events (reference letter from Project Director)
2001-2002 365days Sundarban Hazi Desarat College, West Bengal – General Secretary and then Cultural Secretary (Reference letter from Sundarban Hazi Desarat Principal Nikhil Datta)
2003 – 2004 180 days 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 (reference letter from the Project Director Suresh Kumar)
June 2004 15 days Sikkim State AIDS Control Society (Gangtock, Changu, Peling) – N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars in different provinces in Sikkim state (reference letter from the Project Director)
INDIA July 2004 30 days Assam State AIDS Control Society – N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Guahathi, Shilchor, Korimgong, Hailakanti – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor)
August 2004 20 days Manipur State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Imphal, Singhart, Singal – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars (awareness program together with five NGOs) (reference letter from the Project Director and State Governor)
INDIA November 2004 25 days Mizoram State AIDS Control Society N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Aizol – Bengali Association and AIDS Control Society cooperation for HIV/AIDS awareness and tribal education (Munda tribe, Ho tribe) (reference letter from the Project Director and State Governor)
December 2004 20 days Meghalaya State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) – Seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor)
December 2004 Tripura, Women College, Agartala, Bir Bikram Mémorial College, Government of India, Agartala;
January 2005 Lakshadeep
February 2005 Union Territory
March 2005 Uttarpradesh
April 2005 Uttaranchal
May 2005 Hariyana
June 2005 Maharashtra
July 2005 Nagaland
August 2005 Arunachal Pradesh
September 2005 Bihar
Nov. 2005 30 days Orissa State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Karnataka – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor) and charity work giving yoga demonstration for HIV positive children
Dec. 2005 30 days Andrapradesh State AIDS Control Society – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director). I also worked in Sports Council of Andhra Pradesh for sports promotion (reference letter from Sports Minister, Chief Minister and Governor)
January 2006 30 days Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director). Partnership with tourism development corporations promoting  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from Project Director of Tourism Corporation and Tourism Minister of Tamilnadu State, Health Minister and Governor)
INDIA May – June 2006 60 days Tribal Community Programme (Jarwa Tribe); Bengali Community Programme in Andaman & Nicobor island – HIV Awareness Programme project, seminars for promotion among students.
July 2006 30 days Kerala State AIDS Control Society and Sports Council, charity work for sports and health promotion among students and NGOs dealing with HIV positive persons (recommendation letter from the Minister of Sports, Minister of Health, Chief Minister and Governor)
August 2006 15 days Karnataka State AIDS Control Society–– working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
September 2006 33 days Gujarat State AIDS Control Society  – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Governor)
Oct. 2006 – January  2007 40 days Delhi State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
February 2007 Chandigarh and Punjab State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
 
July 2007 20 days Himachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
August 2007 Jammu & Kashmir, Letter from Addl Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Kargil;

 

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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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