Today there are about 180 children belonging to the above-mentioned categories. Previously they used to study in 4 or 5 schools situated at Angul, because no one school is able to cater to the needs of all the children. Because of this we are not able to inculcate in them, coherent educational values.
This was, and is, a serious educational as well as management problem; and to obviate it partly we have opened a primary school with the first seven classes in our campus so that by its own development and growth, in course of time, it would be able to cater to the needs of primary and secondary education of our children. The name of this Primary School is Balabhadra Vidya Mandir, named after Shri Balabhadra Mishra who was a co-worker of Smt. & Shri. Choudhury and who had devoted his entire life for the cause of the Chhatravas.
Out of the 180 children, about 80 are covered under an educational programme sponsored by the Tribal and Harijan Welfare Development of the Government of Orissa, and the rest 100 are covered under the scheme of Maintenance of Children in Need of Care and Protection in accordance with the Orissa Maintenance of Orphanage Rules, 1985, of the State Government. The grant-in aid received from the Government of Orissa in respect of the above mentioned schemes is barely sufficient to feed and clothe 180 children, and it becomes extremely difficult to do anything even for their health care. This is a serious matter which concerns all of us, specially when in the national and international arena we are talking of, and advocating for, the Rights for the Child.
The Bajiraut Chhatravas has about 13 acres of land out of which 4.5 acres of land are agricultural land and there are two ponds measuring 1.5 acres. Our children work on the agricultural land as part of their practical work and produce vegetables for their own consumption. Excess vegetables are sold in the neighbourhood. At present, the Dairy Farming is active through the initiative taken by the Old Students’ Association and Ms. Kasturi Black’s contribution. Presently, there are seven cows and six calves.
In 2004-2005, SEEDS, an international organisation has donated funds for developing the irrigation facilities by which a borewell and submersible pump have been installed. A proper fencing has been done through local donations. Coconut and Papaya trees have been planted along with cultivation of seasonal vegetables.