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Square Meter Vegetable Gardening:

Sr. Ranjini teaching SMVG to the Locals

The Chairperson, Sr. Ranjini was working in collaboration with SASAC (ST.ALPHONSUS’ SOCIAL & AGRICULTURAL CENTRE). Late Fr. Joseph Murray Abraham S.J. was the founder of SASAC. Sr. Ranjini did the training in organic farming in SASAC and was promoting the same method,
SMVG (SQUARE METER VEGETABLE GARDENING) that she learned in SASAC in different areas of Mamring-Toryok. The project activities are executed in rural and urban areas of Darjeeling Hills. Also, wherever, the resource persons are needed out of Darjeeling, Sr. Ranjini and team conducts environmental awareness workshop for students, farmers, women and unemployed youth.
Distribution of Solar Lanterns:

Distribution of Solar lanterns to the villagers

There was no electricity connection yet when MTFA was formed. Therefore, with the help of SGP, a population of 5500 got benefit from replacement of fossil fuel with solar light service. People in Mamring-Toryok areas used naked kerosene lamps for lighting purpose. In 2005,478 households got solar lanterns which gave light three to four hours which reduced indoor air pollution and improved the health of the inmates, specially women and children.


  • A population of 5600 is benefiting from replacement of fossil fuel with solar light source which reduced indoor pollution.
  • Improved health of the inmates esp- women & children in 478 households.
  • The beneficiaries saved an average of rs.180/month by not using kerosene for lighting purpose.
Herbal Garden:

Student preparing the Herbal Garden

The SHGs also set up herbal garden in their respective areas. They were instructed in dispensary of Mamring, run by Holy Cross Sisters, what and how to use different herbs for different illnesses. The dispensary gets over 2000 patients annually and 30% of them are treated by herbal medicines since the project has been implemented. The ailments that are treated by herbal medicines are jaundice, asthma, urinary infection, piles, high blood pressure, dysentery, diarrhoea, common cold and fever.

Tree Pantation by students

Afforestation programme was organized by MTFA during monsoon.12000 saplings of 16 different species of trees are planted in different landslide prone areas of Upper, Middle and Lower Mamring in the year 2006. Herbal garden and tree plantation increased the forest cover and biodiversity of the region. SMVG also enhanced the Biodiversity. Training in compost preparation for organic farming is an inseparable part of the project.
Other Programmes:

Jam prepared by the members of SHG

Alternative livelihood through mushroom cultivation, preparation of marmalade, jam and pickle, weaving bags is an added activity for women in SHGs. The SGP brought a new awakening in this remote area. The generous support of Dr.Durga Neopaney, the liberal guidance, advice and encouragement of Sri.Prabhjot Sodhi, the National Coordinator and Dr.D.P.Rath, the Regional Coordinator of GEF-SGP, is very much significant in the development of the project. This project was from 2005-2007 and while implementing the project, procedure to register the CBO was also done simultaneously.
Location: Kurseong DISHA Centre
Lower Mamring Busty
P. O. Bagora - 734 224
Via Tung
Dist Darjeeling
West Bengal
Correspondence: Kurseong DISHA Centre
Holy Cross Convent
St. Mary's Hill
Kurseong - 734 220
Dist Darjeeling
West Bengal
Phone No: +91 89066 25424 / +91 89724 57811
E-Mail: ranjini_seb@yahoo.co.in

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