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Bluebell’s Neighbourhood

Adjacent to Bluebell School are the family homes of a guchchogram or Cluster Village, a compact settlement built by the government for the families of landless agricultural workers.

The Balagram guchchogram consists of 100 family dwellings of identical design, built on raised land around the edge of a large hand-dug pond that is used for laundry and bathing.

Families live in single-story row houses built of corrugated iron sheets. Each home has two attached rooms, a kitchen, a toilet and a veranda, often used for storing animal fodder.

Many families keep a cow or goat tethered near their home.

There is limited electricity in the houses and small wood-burning stoves are used for cooking. Living close to schools and vocational training is very important for helping the younger generation escape from poverty and urban migration.

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