Founder's Voice

Raising the Bar despite challenges

That's a testament to the compassion and the commitment of our financial supporters, volunteers and employees. It wasn't an easy process though. We've had to adjust our processes and make difficult decisions. We've asked more from our supporters than ever. However, the result of that effort is undeniable.
SOUL is the first nonprofit organization to advocate the rights of adivasi people of the Savar community who have been living in the Sundarbans since the last 70 years without any valid tribal identity proof. Vidyashram is a major initiative by SOUL, promoting education and nurturing of the tribal children. As a result of which dropouts have decreased dramatically and parents are now showing high interest in sending their children to school. Now, as we push ahead into the new fiscal year, I'm glad of what SOUL has accomplished in the past years and excited about the future. Our community is strong and vibrant and together we will continue our efforts to uphold tribal rights, empowering women, safeguard these children's future and ensure proper health care service and academic support to the poor.

Best Wishes,
Subhankar Banerjee
  • Education means continuous demonstration and engagement.... This is one technique of teaching and engaging children at Vidyashram... (Part-2)

  • Education means continuous demonstration and engagement.... This is one technique of teaching and engaging children at Vidyashram... (Part-1)

  • Year ago,She was A crab catcher, A malnourished,A school skiver. Today,This Savar Tribal girl, Sabala wants to become a Doctor. what,SOUL is striving today, all because of your support..

  • PRAYAS Promotional Audio Visual

  • "PUJA PARIKROMA & CITY RIDE" for Tribal children of Sundarban

    Our 1st initiative " Puja Porikrama and city ride of Tribal children and tiger vic...


  • They are coming first time in Kolkata, will enjoy Pandal hopping here with us

  • Pre- Independence day celebration organized by Vidyashram students

    A ceremony was organized by SOUL at its Sundarban Vidyashram to commemorate the 72nd In...

  • An Act against Child Marriage performed by Tribal children at Vidyashram

    Having been ridiculed and denied basic facilities, the people of the Sabar community ha...

  • Vidyashram Prayer

    Prayer at our Vidyashram,These children are belong to Savar community. Savar is most pr...

  • Kind Donation for Vidyashram From “CROWN RECORDS MANAGEMENT”

    “CROWN RECORDS MANAGEMENT” expressed their support for our...

  • Visit to Gobardhanpur Coastal Police Station (21.05.2018)

    On 21st May 2018, our children met with the officer in-charge for Gobardhanpur Coastal ...

  • Somen’s Genital Disorder

    Somen, a 3 year old boy, had been suffering from a genital disorder since birth. But du...

  • Mother of a Tiger Attack Victim

    Helpless mother burst into tears at the predicament of her son, Gautam, who was the vic...

  • Goutam’s recovery

    Nothing strikes more fear into the hearts and minds of the people of the Sundarbans tha...

  • Krishna’s admission at Vidyashram (29.03.2018)

    On March 29, 2018 Krishna, a 7 year old girl child, got admission in Vidyashram. Her ha...

  • Drinking Water distribution camp at sundarban in Charak Mela

    The World Bank in its recent report – Building Resilience for Sustainable Develop...

  • Bulti School admission (23.04.2018)

    ‘Disability’ is merely a dictionary word for a person who dreams. Bulti is one such in...


  • We are very glad to know that SOUL is working for the Sabar and other trodden families of G-Plot in Sundarban. Presently, they are helping nearly 25 Students for their education, Health care and other amenities including their residential facilities of boarding and lodging. It is great endeavour to reach to them. We are also associated with them in many a respect. We wish them a success in amanliorating the distress of these children in such aremote place.

    Blessings of Sri Sri Guru Maharaj.

    Swami  Biswatmananda (Honourable General Secretary, Bharat Sevashram Sangha)
  • Thanks to SOUL for their selfless service to the underprivileged people of G-Plot, Sundarban.

    Mamata Banerjee (Honourable Chief Minister,WB)
  • সত্য শিব সুন্দর -এর মিলন কেন্দ্র সোল : সত্য - কঠিন অন্ধকার ভেদ করে যা প্রকাশ পায়; শিব - অতীত থেকে শিক্ষা নিয়ে, বর্তমান কাজে তার বিকাশ ঘটিয়ে, ভবিষ্যত প্রজন্মের মধ্যে মনুষ্য-ধর্মকে স্থাপন করে; সুন্দর - যা চিরকালীন ও অস্থিরতায় যার স্থায়িত্ব৷  শুভঙ্কর ব্যানার্জীর সঙ্গে প্রথম পরিচয়ে এক আগুনের আঁচ পেয়েছিলাম৷ মিশে দেখলাম এরই সঙ্গে আছে সমব্যথী,  সংবেদনশীল মন৷ প্রত্যন্তর গ্রামের প্রান্তিক শবর উপতপশীল জাতিদের মধ্যে বসবাস করে তাদের সমাজের স্বাভাবিক স্রোতে নিয়ে আসতে দৃঢ় প্রতিজ্ঞ৷ শুভঙ্কর সেই ডাক শুনেছে - "রাখো রে ধ্যান, থাক্ রে ফুলের ডালি, / ছিঁড়ুক বস্ত্র, লাগুক ধূলাবালি - / কর্মযোগ তাঁর সাথে এক হয়ে ঘর্ম পড়ুক ঝরে৷৷" - চরৈবেতি ---

    Mita Basu Roy (Founder of - Abha Mission for Social , Health And education)
  • I’m so delighted to be associated with "SOUL" (a source of unconditional love), Sundarban/West Bengal based NGO, primarily engaged in a noble cause of Tribal children Education and Literacy, Rural development, Vocational training and Women Development & Empowerment.

    Mr. Debapriya Ojha (Zonal Manager - Infrastructure & Realty Support -Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Limited)
  • It is my pleasure to write a few words about the activities of ‘Soul’ working for the development of Sabar community about whom I am well acquainted. Soul gives priority to the education of Sabar children and runs a Vidyashram for them. This sincere effort of the organization has already touched the heart of the local people of G Plot, an island in Sundarban. Soul aims at total upliftment of the Sabar community with the cooperation of the common people of our country. I hope the sincere and honest endeavour of Soul never goes in vain. Thanks to the members, well-wishers and patrons of Soul.

    Dr. Sankar Kumar Pramanik (A Sundarban Lover, Author of many books on Sundarban)
  • I personally know Mr. Subhankar as we used to work together and from beginning of our friendship i felt something special about him as he was compassionate always. SOUL was his dream to dedicate his life towards society. Keep your positive attitude alive and never let the enthusiasm in you fade,this is your strength. All the best to Team Soul and we assure our support in every way.

    Mr. Souvik Saha (Proprietor Sastasundar Naktala Medicine Store)
  • Soul is really work from soul for the development of underprivileged children of Sundarban... Shubhankar Da is really doing amazing work... he is simply the best ... Team HUM always with soul... 

    Nawaid Khan (Founder,Secretary of Team HUM)
  • SOUL সংস্থার উদ্যোগে প্রয়াসের কর্মোদ্যোগ এককথায় সুন্দরবনের প্রত্যন্ত এলাকায় এক অনবদ্য ও অবিশ্বাস্য উদ্যোগ। আশ্রমে শবরদের জন্য শিক্ষা ও সংস্কৃতি চেতনার যে অটুট প্রয়াস চলেছে তাকে স্বাগত জানাই।

    Sri Samir kumar Jana (MLA Patharpratima )
  • Visited Vidyashram. It is a great and unique effort for the upliftment of tribal children. My best wishes to all.

    Sri N.K.Singh (IPS) (IG South Bengal)
  • Visited on 21st december,18. This is a great initiative full of vission,love and compassion for poor tribal children.Wish God blessed.

    Dr. R.K. Singh (IPS) (IG PR)