Monday, September 8, 2008

Women Destroy Parthenium

Women of Self Help Groups supported by Social Welfare Institute in Patiram area destroyed hundreds of thousands of Parthenium plants that had grown wild along the State Highway that runs through their villages. Twenty eight women and two staff of Social Welfare Institute dressed in masks and gloves given as gift by the Issaqua family of Washington State, (brought by our own Andrea Smith during her last visit to Raiganj), spent the entire 07 September, 2008, a Sunday --from dawn to dusk--in cutting down, gathering and then destroying the Parthenium plants with boiling hot water. The team destroyed the weed for a distance of two-and-a-half kilometers on either side of the road. The parthenium, if comes in contact, creates respiratory malfunctioning in humans and cattle. The event was covered by many local print and electronic media. Congrats to the team of women and to Mr. Jayanta Das and Fr. Herman Kindo, who coordinated and motivated the women.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent attempt... Kudos to SHG women and the SWI Team... A picture of the women on work will be a value addition to this...

I.P.Sarto said...

Dear Puthu,
kindly convey my appreciation and congratulations to the women for their bold and pro active step...
may God bless them for their good work..
with kind regards
I.P.Sarto, ABCD, Calcutta - 15
Sept. 9, 2008

PRASAD said...

Really appreciable job done by the women self help group.They should be encoureged. We would like to form such types of groups in India too.