About 100 kilometres south of Calcutta, the Sunderban Islands can be found. At 300 square kilometres, Sagar Island is the largest of this group. 43 villages are spread across the island, which include Chakfuldubi and Madirtala – the first two villages that are supported by the India School Project.
Almost three quarters of the local population earn less than 2 US dollars a day and a third live below the poverty line of 1.25 dollars a day. The men try to support their families through farming, fishing or the collection of shrimp eggs. Women and children share in the work as needed, so that at least one meal a day can be ensured.
A family income averages 21 to 37 US dollars a month, which is barely enough to survive on.