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Pakur in its emergence and inception had been a cluster of ponds and orchards surrounded by deep forest and hard rocks under the range of Rajmahal hills. It had previously been Raj in its new dimension under the British rule. The British had also been the centre of revolutionary activities, the repercussions of which might be seen in the Santhal Hul of 1855.

There is evidence of area having been inhabited since very early times. Among the early settlers of their territory of whom there is any record, are the Maler (Sauria Paharias) who still inhabit some areas of Rajmahal hills and its adjoining hilly tracts. They have been identified with “Malli” period of Chandragupta Maurya. According to him the Malli were a race holding the country between the people of Magadh and the people of lower Bengal. A reference has also been found in the travel account of Hiuen Tsiang, the Chinese pilgrim, who visited India about 645 AD. From the record of his travels it is learnt that he visited the kingdom of Champa, the Northern boundary of which extended along the Ganges from Lakhisari to Rajmahal hills while the Southern boundary passed through desert wilds in which were wild elephants and savage beasts that roamed in herds. To the east of Champa lay the kingdom of Kie-Ching Kielo, which according to General Cunningham was the tract of the country included in the present Santhal Pargana.

After the downfall of Harshavardhan, the king of North India upto the advent of Mohammedans rules in 12th Century this area remained in oblivion due to its deep forests and inaccessible passes. The authentic history of the area may be said to begin with rule of the Mohammadans when their armies marched to and from Bengal through the Teliagarhi pass. According to Mohammedans historians Teligarhi pass the “key of Bengal” as it was called, was the scene of numerous battles. The next important event in the history of this area was the establishment of Rajmahal as the capital of Bengal in 1592 to signalize the importance of the Mughal victory. The Mughal Govt. seeing the little prospects of revenue from these barren hills had been content to leave control of them to Mansabars of whom the chief were the Khatauri family of Manihari. The founder of the family helped Raja Man Singh, the reputed general of Mughal emperor Akbar in Bengal invasion. In reward he got the office of Mansab Jagir of the tract Rajmahal and Pakur on the east of the hills to Kahalgaon and Godda on their western face. Whether the control they exercised was effective or, as is more probable.


Organizational Background

Foundation for Awareness, Counseling and Education (FACE) is a NGO based at Pakur (a district located in the north east corner of Jharkhand bordering Murshidabad) district of West Bengal which is working among the local disadvantaged community with a vision to form “an enlightened & empowered society” through education, Health Awareness, community based income generation programmes since January 2001. FACE got registered on 14th January, 2002 under Societies Registration Act 1860, XXI. Under the societies byelaws it is committed to discrete a set of activities and inputs such as eradication of illiteracy, poverty, social abuse etc. The vision is to create a self reliant equitable, value based educated society through social transformation, empowerment of deprived rural population. FACE has been working in six blocks of Pakur district with special focus on children, women, youths of local tribals (Santhals & Paharia) and Muslim minority community. The region is also significantly under developed due to absence of industries and allied sectors. Majority of the population are dependent on Agriculture, Cattle Rearing, Mining (stone quarries & coal mines) and Forest for their livelihood.

The journey of FACE started with the set up of “Shaishav”, a drop in centre for children of local disadvantaged community. Gradually, FACE has gained recognition in Pakur by making its presence felt in various programmes on health and hygiene, education at different locations in Pakur district.

Though geographical area of operation of FACE is primarily limited to Pakur and its neighboring blocks but, its operation in terms of reach and coverage has increased over time. Organizing various activities like district level training, sensitization workshops for various stakeholders FACE has now come to the limelight in the District. Successful implementation of programmes with support of Govt. of Jharkhand and adequate media coverage have also helped FACE to earn reputation at state level.

Along with Schedule Tribes & Muslim minorities, women have been given special focus throughout the journey of the organization. The poor economic & social plight of population in the district is the obvious reason for FACE to choose this district- Pakur as a work area, based the notion, “if you want to change the world, first change your home”.


The vision for FACE is “Forming an Enlightened and Empowered Society”. The mission of the organization is as follows:

  • Imparting basic education to children to ensure their right to education

  • Generating awareness on health & hygiene issues and reproductive and sexual health

  • Breaking myths and misconceptions of the community on health and education

  • Working against gender discrimination, gender violence through women empowerment & making them self-reliant

  • Functional Education for Adult Women

  • Promoting Girls Children Education

  • Skill Development training and Financial inclusion initiative for socially excluded men and women


FACE has an executive committee consisting of Nine members who are responsible to run the organization. This committee also selects the secretary who overall looks after the coordination of work, activities and program. The following table shows the hierarchical structure of the organization.



Registration Act, 1860 Regd. No. 192 dated on 14 January 2002:

  • u/s 12A of Income Tax Act, 1961

  • FACE is registered under section 4 (1) (b) of foreign contribution & regulation act, 1976 (FCRA registration no: 337780015)

  • PAN No : AAAAF0410E

  • TAN No : RCHF00102E

  • 80 G : SSAA/ Dhanbad/Tech/80G-7/2013-4/589-92


Name of the Person Designation Nationality Year of joining in Governing Board Educational

No. of years working in social sector & Experience

Mr. Sharique Hayat Khan





Post Graduate

He is a founder of FACE and has experienced on Academic Pedagogy, Formal and Non-Formal teachers training and development of Regional Language Transition.

Mr. Vidya Sagar


Vice- President Indian 2001 Graduate Since its inception of the organization he is associated with FACE and he has experienced in Welfare related activities in society.

Ms Ritu Pandey

Secretary Indian 2001 Post Graduate & Development

She is a Founder of FACE and has experienced on fund raising, project implementation and its monitoring and evaluation of Grass Root Level Activities.

Mr. Debabrata

Treasurer Indian 2001 Graduate

Since the inception of the organization he is associated with FACE and he has experienced on community Mobilization activities for under Privileged society.

Mr. Birendra
Executive Member Indian 2001 Graduate Since the inception of the organization he is associated with FACE and he has experienced on Sports related activity in the society and promote to under privileged for sports.

Mr. Ratan Kr
Executive Member  Indian 2001 Post Graduate and LLB Since the inception of the organization he is associated with FACE and he has experienced on Sports and Legal related activities in the society.

Mr. Chanchal Jha
Indian 2001 Post Graduate
and LLB
Since the inception of the organization he is associated with FACE and he has experienced in Welfare related activity in the society.

Ms. Rosa Soren
 Indian 2009 Graduate From last three years She is associated with FACE and she has experienced in Non-Formal education for under Privileged children

Ms. Atreeye Chandra
Indian 2011 M. Phil From last two years she is associated with FACE and she has experienced in special teaching of Non-Formal education for under Privileged children.

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