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Background Information

Employment History

Director

Southern Health Improvement Samity


Farmer


Bengal Congress Party


Affiliations

SHIS

Founder


Panchayet

Secretary


Web References(3 Total References)


NGO Women Empowerment India West Bengal Kolkata

www.shisindia.org [cached]

One is known as Mr. Abdul Wohab, the other as Ms Sabitri Pal.
By the rivers and in the forests of the Sunderbans, in the tea gardens of North Bengal and in the unhealthy slums of Kolkata, you will find the kind services of Abdul Wohab. The people with whom he works, he stays within them. In front of a farmer, he becomes a farmer, in front of a labourer, he becomes a labourer, in front of a boat driver he is a boat driver. He believes that if you have to change society, you have to stay with the poor in their homes understanding the language they speak and feeling their pain and sorrow. This is the primary condition of the social services. With this instinct, in the 60's and 70's, he worked sometimes with the Bengal Congress Party, with the CPI (M), with the R.S.P. and with the Naxalites. The narrow language of politics, the give-and-take policies, created many questions in his mind. Very tough family conditions on the one side, the darkness of illiteracy and spreading of TB, on the other, have created in him an internal melancholy, which are his strength, his force and his power towards the truth. Mr.Wohab was born in a remote village called Padmapukur in South 24 Parganas. His father was a primary school teacher, a father with 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lost his mother at of 2 years of age, so grew up in the care of his choto ma and elder sister-in-law. He had to travel 7 kms through mud to attend Madhabpur junior high school, got food once a day, then changed schools to Bhangar at class 7 and completed his matriculation in 1967. He joined Dum Dum Motijhil College; attended classes sometimes by walking sometimes by cycling. There, he came in close contact with politics and became a strong opposition of the Congress party. In 1974 Mr. Subrato Mukherjee, the Panchayet Minister sent him to Kalyani for training and on completing this, Wohab became employed as a Panchayet Secretary in Amraguri village, Howrah District. After studying these books, Wohab realized that most local communists are good people. Bhangar was the area of activities of Wohab. Biri-roller, rickshaw-puller and agriculture labourers are his friends and co-workers for his confidential work. They were infected with many diseases particularly with tuberculosis. Wohab took up the responsibility of looking after these patients. There were neither medicines nor doctors in the nearby hospital. He made stretchers out of bamboo and took them to Kolkata sometimes in the mornings, sometimes in the afternoons or even sometimes at night. Some of them died on the way. He witnessed many deaths in this way, as he and his co-workers were unable to keep many patients alive. Despite these difficult circumstances, he mentally prepared himself and in the end, an amazing organizer and undefeated fighter was born. Bengal became flooded in 1978. People who live nearby had their dreams shattered with the ever-rising waters. Both human and animal bodies floated here and there. People were living on railway lines, on the high roads and even in trees. Wohab was very tense and tried to provide them with some relief. The new administration of the left-front Government and political workers irrespective of colour were all extending their hands to help. One day, Wohab saw what appeared to him to be a foreigner swimming in the floodwaters reaching those stranded in schools, on roads and in trees etc. providing these people with food and medicines. Wohab was surprised to see a foreigner struggling to help in such a way. Wohab did not then know whom this person was or where he was staying, but he immediately became overwhelmed by his dedication and fight to help. Later, he came to know him as Gaston Dayanand from Switzerland. Wohab shared with him his thoughts on politics, his relation with the Naxalites and all his confusion and sorrow over the unnecessary deaths of so many TB victims in Bhangar. The words touched the volunteer and Brother Gaston gave him two words of advice. First he suggested that Wohab go back to Bhangar and share the sorrow with his brothers and sisters and the second, to keep away from the corruption of politics but instead to provide hope to those patients on the brink of death. These words gave Wohab renewed hope and he returned as Brother Gaston had suggested to Bhangar. He decided to leave politics where parties seemed to be failing in order to stay beside people for whom he was working. Now the struggle is in the mind, to provide communication for people, to provide constructive literacy to people, to make them more aware of health and hygiene, to make them aware of their rights. This should be ideal politics, which do not conflict with social work, but rather complimented it, above the colours of politics, but more so about customs, above religion. After returning to Bhangar, Wohab started preparations to develop the Seva Kendra. However, lack of money and human resources were his main constraint. Most of the people in Bhangar were illiterate and were not even receiving adequate food or clothing. Many were addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many of them were also suffering from TB with little or no chance of treatment only death. Wohab tried to find a place where he could work. There were also many businessmen from Bhangar. Some of these were wealthy. They offered sympathy, but were not willing to offer a place where he might be able to start his work. However, Mr.Atiur Rahaman, a kind soul from Bhangar who owned a small tea stall offered a small roofless room close to the bazaar for Wohab to work. Wohab had known her for long time and also knew that she was sincerely working with patients and often visiting Kolkata's medical college. The two of them met at the small tea stall and shared their ideas about starting an organisation. That day, Wohab only had 2 rupees in his pocket, which they used to buy an exercise book and so, the organisation was born. By this time, Wohab moved to Bhangar and started further developing the organisation. (15) Above all the peacefulness and sincerity in Mr. Wohab the director. With only the organizing capacity, the money and with economic transparency, this big world of service could not have been made apparent. It could have only been made possible by his open nature of mixing with patients, treating workers like family members and his humble attitude towards life. All these characteristics have made SHIS a unique centre for the treatment of TB. Mr. Wohab is the sort of person that stays next door to Kolkata. The recognition and the honour, which he deserves, he is yet to receive from the Government. He is yet to receive any kind of reward or even award. But he is not bothered by recognition; there is no reason for him to be. The person for whom the sky is the limit, the common people are his associates, the dying patients are his dearest; in the face of it all, rewards really don't matter at all. He has the love and affection from the dying patients, the destitute and from those with numerous disabilities. I am really proud to acknowledge that there are still people like Wohab who have good work ethics, a kind heart and a tremendous amount of love to offer. For these, we are thankful. Even the dacoits salute his name as he has rehabilitated hundreds of dacoits back towards a more honest life. Many drug addicts have given up their life of drugs through his healing touch and many divorced women have regained their livelihood from him. Wohab is a saint in their eyes. SHIS is providing mobile healthcare services throughout 300 villages in the Sunderbans. The people there, pray in the name of Wohab. The poor women who have between them, managed to save 3 crore rupees through the micro-credit system enterprise development, and the destitute children who are now getting modern education free-of-cost, have understood that God does not stay in the sky, nor in the waters, nor in heaven, not in the forests, but he stays in Wohab's heart. Wohab with his team has visited these areas many times. The person from whom so many people have expectations, of whom so many people dream, whom so many people love, it is difficult to tie down such a person. Rewards and awards mean nothing to him. What the seas get from the ocean, what the rivers get from the sea, what the hills get from the mountains, all these rewards are possible from Wohab. But maybe before that like Md. Unus, Amarta, Satyajit, the West may come to appreciate and express their gratitude towards Wohab on our behalf. It is important to high light that the organization SHIS, started by Mr. Abdul Wohab and his close associate Ms. Sabitri Pal were responsible for curing 40 thousand T.B. Patients by providing free medicine to them. Wohab honoured with national award - own staff report


www.shisindia.org

One is known as Mr. Abdul Wohab, the other as Ms Sabitri Pal.
By the rivers and in the forests of the Sunderbans, in the tea gardens of North Bengal and in the unhealthy slums of Kolkata, you will find the kind services of Abdul Wohab. The people with whom he works, he stays within them. In front of a farmer, he becomes a farmer, in front of a labourer, he becomes a labourer, in front of a boat driver he is a boat driver. He believes that if you have to change society, you have to stay with the poor in their homes understanding the language they speak and feeling their pain and sorrow. This is the primary condition of the social services. With this instinct, in the 60's and 70's, he worked sometimes with the Bengal Congress Party, with the CPI (M), with the R.S.P. and with the Naxalites. The narrow language of politics, the give-and-take policies, created many questions in his mind. Very tough family conditions on the one side, the darkness of illiteracy and spreading of TB, on the other, have created in him an internal melancholy, which are his strength, his force and his power towards the truth. Mr.Wohab was born in a remote village called Padmapukur in South 24 Parganas. His father was a primary school teacher, a father with 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lost his mother at of 2 years of age, so grew up in the care of his choto ma and elder sister-in-law. He had to travel 7 kms through mud to attend Madhabpur junior high school, got food once a day, then changed schools to Bhangar at class 7 and completed his matriculation in 1967. He joined Dum Dum Motijhil College; attended classes sometimes by walking sometimes by cycling. There, he came in close contact with politics and became a strong opposition of the Congress party. In 1974 Mr. Subrato Mukherjee, the Panchayet Minister sent him to Kalyani for training and on completing this, Wohab became employed as a Panchayet Secretary in Amraguri village, Howrah District. After studying these books, Wohab realized that most local communists are good people. Bhangar was the area of activities of Wohab. Biri-roller, rickshaw-puller and agriculture labourers are his friends and co-workers for his confidential work. They were infected with many diseases particularly with tuberculosis. Wohab took up the responsibility of looking after these patients. There were neither medicines nor doctors in the nearby hospital. He made stretchers out of bamboo and took them to Kolkata sometimes in the mornings, sometimes in the afternoons or even sometimes at night. Some of them died on the way. He witnessed many deaths in this way, as he and his co-workers were unable to keep many patients alive. Despite these difficult circumstances, he mentally prepared himself and in the end, an amazing organizer and undefeated fighter was born. Bengal became flooded in 1978. People who live nearby had their dreams shattered with the ever-rising waters. Both human and animal bodies floated here and there. People were living on railway lines, on the high roads and even in trees. Wohab was very tense and tried to provide them with some relief. The new administration of the left-front Government and political workers irrespective of colour were all extending their hands to help. One day, Wohab saw what appeared to him to be a foreigner swimming in the floodwaters reaching those stranded in schools, on roads and in trees etc. providing these people with food and medicines. Wohab was surprised to see a foreigner struggling to help in such a way. Wohab did not then know whom this person was or where he was staying, but he immediately became overwhelmed by his dedication and fight to help. Later, he came to know him as Gaston Dayanand from Switzerland. Wohab shared with him his thoughts on politics, his relation with the Naxalites and all his confusion and sorrow over the unnecessary deaths of so many TB victims in Bhangar. The words touched the volunteer and Brother Gaston gave him two words of advice. First he suggested that Wohab go back to Bhangar and share the sorrow with his brothers and sisters and the second, to keep away from the corruption of politics but instead to provide hope to those patients on the brink of death. These words gave Wohab renewed hope and he returned as Brother Gaston had suggested to Bhangar. He decided to leave politics where parties seemed to be failing in order to stay beside people for whom he was working. Now the struggle is in the mind, to provide communication for people, to provide constructive literacy to people, to make them more aware of health and hygiene, to make them aware of their rights. This should be ideal politics, which do not conflict with social work, but rather complimented it, above the colours of politics, but more so about customs, above religion. After returning to Bhangar, Wohab started preparations to develop the Seva Kendra. However, lack of money and human resources were his main constraint. Most of the people in Bhangar were illiterate and were not even receiving adequate food or clothing. Many were addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many of them were also suffering from TB with little or no chance of treatment only death. Wohab tried to find a place where he could work. There were also many businessmen from Bhangar. Some of these were wealthy. They offered sympathy, but were not willing to offer a place where he might be able to start his work. However, Mr.Atiur Rahaman, a kind soul from Bhangar who owned a small tea stall offered a small roofless room close to the bazaar for Wohab to work. Wohab had known her for long time and also knew that she was sincerely working with patients and often visiting Kolkata's medical college. The two of them met at the small tea stall and shared their ideas about starting an organisation. That day, Wohab only had 2 rupees in his pocket, which they used to buy an exercise book and so, the organisation was born. By this time, Wohab moved to Bhangar and started further developing the organisation. (15) Above all the peacefulness and sincerity in Mr. Wohab the director. With only the organizing capacity, the money and with economic transparency, this big world of service could not have been made apparent. It could have only been made possible by his open nature of mixing with patients, treating workers like family members and his humble attitude towards life. All these characteristics have made SHIS a unique centre for the treatment of TB. Mr. Wohab is the sort of person that stays next door to Kolkata. The recognition and the honour, which he deserves, he is yet to receive from the Government. He is yet to receive any kind of reward or even award. But he is not bothered by recognition; there is no reason for him to be. The person for whom the sky is the limit, the common people are his associates, the dying patients are his dearest; in the face of it all, rewards really don't matter at all. He has the love and affection from the dying patients, the destitute and from those with numerous disabilities. I am really proud to acknowledge that there are still people like Wohab who have good work ethics, a kind heart and a tremendous amount of love to offer. For these, we are thankful. Even the dacoits salute his name as he has rehabilitated hundreds of dacoits back towards a more honest life. Many drug addicts have given up their life of drugs through his healing touch and many divorced women have regained their livelihood from him. Wohab is a saint in their eyes. SHIS is providing mobile healthcare services throughout 300 villages in the Sunderbans. The people there, pray in the name of Wohab. The poor women who have between them, managed to save 3 crore rupees through the micro-credit system enterprise development, and the destitute children who are now getting modern education free-of-cost, have understood that God does not stay in the sky, nor in the waters, nor in heaven, not in the forests, but he stays in Wohab's heart. Wohab with his team has visited these areas many times. The person from whom so many people have expectations, of whom so many people dream, whom so many people love, it is difficult to tie down such a person. Rewards and awards mean nothing to him. What the seas get from the ocean, what the rivers get from the sea, what the hills get from the mountains, all these rewards are possible from Wohab. But maybe before that like Md. Unus, Amarta, Satyajit, the West may come to appreciate and express their gratitude towards Wohab on our behalf.


Dominique Lapierre Association La Cité de la Joie Calcutta Inde - Mille Soleils...

www.citedelajoie.com [cached]

au sein des centres SHIS, fondés en 1978 par Abdul Wohab .


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