CALCUTTA RESCUE

CALCUTTA RESCUE

Calcutta Rescue is a non governmental organization (NGO)operating in Kolkata and Rural West Bengal for nearly 4 decades.

The roots of the organization was established by a British Doctor, Jack Preger to serve the poor and downtrodden.

The organization provides all services free of cost through Health Clinics, Schools, Vocational Training and Preventive Health Programs. We aim to improve levels of health, education and earning opportunities for current and new service users, irrespective of gender, age, caste, or religion.The beneficiaries are from economically weaker sections of the society earning below Rs 18000/per annum and residing in Kolkata and neighbouring areas,rural area of South 24 Parganas and Malda district.

Calcutta Rescue has 4 urban clinics ,at Talapark,Chitpur,Nimtala and a Tuberculosis DOTS program(Direct observation Treatment) at Belgachia.Talapark clinic provides medical care and nutrition to patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses.including Cancer, Renal disease and HIV,Diabeties and others . Talapark also runs a disability department which provides physio therapy,speech therapy special educationa art and dance therapy. Chitpur clinic is devoted to meet the medical, nutrition and socail needs of patients suffering from Leprosy. Nimtala clinic provides medical care and nutrition to the destitute who are often living on the streets. It also runs two Mobile Street clinics.

The education program comprises of two preparatory cum coaching centres where in children from age 4-6 yrs are groomed and admitted to formal schools and further supported with coaching and private tuitions. The children are provided with two meals, health care, transport and clothing.

It also has a Handicraft program and Vocational training program .Besides this a Safe drinking water program, filtering Arsenic and Iron operates in Twelve villages in Malda . Calcutta Rescue aims to provide a ‘Health Plus’ and ‘Education Plus’ service which not only offers medicine and education but also nutrition and other necessities for healthy living. To rescue people from the trap of poverty and to monitor the impact of our services and respond to changing and new needs.

Dr Jack Preger was awarded philanthropist of the year at the 2017 Asian Awards. He is the only non Asian to receive this award.

Calcutta Rescue received the Guide Star Platinum Award in 2017 for highest level of recognition for transparency and public accountability.

Calcutta Rescue will continue to develop its 37 year program of providing essential help to people living in the harsh conditions of poverty in Kolkata and other areas of West Bengal.

Contact Person: JAYDEEP CHAKRABORTY

Category of work: Health, EducationHealth, Education

Focus of work: Serving and providing health and education to the underprivileged poorest of the poor of Kolkata and Rural West Bengal.

Antara

Antara

Antara is a Non -Governmental, Non Profit, Secular, Voluntary and Apolitical Organization established in the year 1971, registered under WB Societies Registration Act 1961, with Regn. N.S/12398 of 1972-73, Licensed under the Mental Health Act 1987, License No. L/MHA-29/02/R-06/12 & under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976 (FCRA) FCRA 147110026. Antara operates a 200 bedded Psychiatric Hospital at Antaragram, Baruipur Kolkata 700 145. This centre is established in a 7 acres plot of land situated in a natural, serene and beautiful environment, accommodates Out Pateient Department (attended by about 250 patients every day), Indoor Hospital with seperate facilities for Acute, Sub-Acute, Special Care, Addiction Treatment, Day Treatment, Family Therapy and Rehabilitation Facilities for adults as well as children. Antara has a holistic approach to mental haelth, whereby it runs awareness and counselling programs for the society at large, for communities, schools, families and individual with the objective of building a mentally healthy society.

To aid in the treatment, recovery and rehabilitation of patients, there are various facilities at this Centre for Recreation, Vocational Training, Work Therapy, Aesthetic Therapy and Counselling.

Antara is committed to ensure equal opportunities to destitute and needy patients in receiving quality mental health care. We depend on the generosity of individuals and Corporate Houses to provide free/ subsidized treatment to all deserving clients.Antara is a Non -Governmental, Non Profit, Secular, Voluntary and Apolitical Organization established in the year 1971, registered under WB Societies Registration Act 1961, with Regn. N.S/12398 of 1972-73, Licensed under the Mental Health Act 1987, License No. L/MHA-29/02/R-06/12 & under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976 (FCRA) FCRA 147110026. Antara operates a 200 bedded Psychiatric Hospital at Antaragram, Baruipur Kolkata 700 145. This centre is established in a 7 acres plot of land situated in a natural, serene and beautiful environment, accommodates Out Pateient Department (attended by about 250 patients every day), Indoor Hospital with seperate facilities for Acute, Sub-Acute, Special Care, Addiction Treatment, Day Treatment, Family Therapy and Rehabilitation Facilities for adults as well as children. Antara has a holistic approach to mental haelth, whereby it runs awareness and counselling programs for the society at large, for communities, schools, families and individual with the objective of building a mentally healthy society.

To aid in the treatment, recovery and rehabilitation of patients, there are various facilities at this Centre for Recreation, Vocational Training, Work Therapy, Aesthetic Therapy and Counselling.

Antara is committed to ensure equal opportunities to destitute and needy patients in receiving quality mental health care. We depend on the generosity of individuals and Corporate Houses to provide free/ subsidized treatment to all deserving clients.

Contact Person: Subhabrata Chakraborty

Category of work: Psychiatric Hospital, HealthPsychiatric Hospital, Health

Focus of work: We provide all kinds of mental health care support to all the levels of the society

CRY – Child Rights and You

CRY – Child Rights and You

CRY - Child Rights and You is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood - to live, learn, grow and play. For 37 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of underprivileged children.

CRY’s vision is a happy, healthy and creative child whose rights are protected and honoured in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice and equity for all.

CRY’s role is that of an enabler between two groups of people – the development organizations working for child rights at the grassroots level and people who come together for child rights.

CRY has adopted The Child Rights Approach, the sustainable way to make change by looking at children’s issues in their entirety, rather than through the silos of education, health, child labour, child abuse, foeticide/infanticide and so on; by understanding the underlying root causes of the deprivation – gender, caste, livelihoods, displacement, geographies and the like and by mobilising each local community to find long-term solutions to these problems, by ensuring relevant laws and policies that guarantee implementation of their rights.

Established in 1979, CRY has changed the lives of over 20 lakh children, by supporting 200+ grassroots initiatives across 5,000 communities in 23 states of India.

CRY - Child Rights and You is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood - to live, learn, grow and play. For 37 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of underprivileged children.

CRY’s vision is a happy, healthy and creative child whose rights are protected and honoured in a society that is built on respect for dignity, justice and equity for all.

CRY’s role is that of an enabler between two groups of people – the development organizations working for child rights at the grassroots level and people who come together for child rights.

CRY has adopted The Child Rights Approach, the sustainable way to make change by looking at children’s issues in their entirety, rather than through the silos of education, health, child labour, child abuse, foeticide/infanticide and so on; by understanding the underlying root causes of the deprivation – gender, caste, livelihoods, displacement, geographies and the like and by mobilising each local community to find long-term solutions to these problems, by ensuring relevant laws and policies that guarantee implementation of their rights.

Established in 1979, CRY has changed the lives of over 20 lakh children, by supporting 200+ grassroots initiatives across 5,000 communities in 23 states of India.

Contact Person: Bidyut Deb, Chanda Peswani

Category of work: Education/ Disability/ Health/ Human Rights/ Social Services/ Children/ Women/ Elderly/ Environment & Wild life/ Arts/ Sports/ Civic Development (urban)/ Community development (rural)/ Vocational training/ Micro-finance / Disaster Management (Relief & Rehabilitation)Education/ Disability/ Health/ Human Rights/ Social Services/ Children/ Women/ Elderly/ Environment & Wild life/ Arts/ Sports/ Civic Development (urban)/ Community development (rural)/ Vocational training/ Micro-finance / Disaster Management (Relief & Rehabilitation)

Focus of work: CRY is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood - to live, learn, grow and play.

Goonj

Goonj

Goonj works on turning old urban material as resource for hundreds of rural development activities. Communities have built huge bamboo bridges, dug up wells, developed small irrigation canals, have built drainage systems, built village schools and have taken up massive exercises of repairing roads, developing water harvesting systems to clean up ponds. All these are done by making people understand their own community power and by using old material as reward when they solve their own issues around water, sanitation, education, agriculture etc.

GOONJ is using urban material as an entry point into people’s lives. While also bringing last shreds of waste material into recycled products, in the process it generates employment plus it saves more from going to landfills. This is a work where not only underutilized material fills up gaps of resources in development works but also dignifies act of Giving.Goonj works on turning old urban material as resource for hundreds of rural development activities. Communities have built huge bamboo bridges, dug up wells, developed small irrigation canals, have built drainage systems, built village schools and have taken up massive exercises of repairing roads, developing water harvesting systems to clean up ponds. All these are done by making people understand their own community power and by using old material as reward when they solve their own issues around water, sanitation, education, agriculture etc.

GOONJ is using urban material as an entry point into people’s lives. While also bringing last shreds of waste material into recycled products, in the process it generates employment plus it saves more from going to landfills. This is a work where not only underutilized material fills up gaps of resources in development works but also dignifies act of Giving.

Contact Person: Tushar Talukdar

Category of work: Goonj repositions cloth & other material, beyond charity, to solve issues like water, infrastructure, education and sanitation for rural India. Goonj repositions cloth & other material, beyond charity, to solve issues like water, infrastructure, education and sanitation for rural India.

Focus of work: Goonj is currently present in parts of 22 states of India, working in the most rural areas through rural community participation.

Habitat for Humanity India Trust

Habitat for Humanity India Trust

Contact Person: Christina Shaikh

Category of work: Civic Development (urban)/ Community development (rural) , Housing, water Sanitation

Focus of work:

Habitat for Humanity India’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat works with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provides housing-related services and raises awareness for adequate housing and sanitation. Since its inception in 1983, Habitat for Humanity India has touched the lives of over 11,00,000 individuals across 20 states of our country. Habitat for Humanity India is part of Habitat for Humanity International - a global non-governmental organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to make adequate shelter a matter of conscience and action. The core area of Habitat’s work in India is:

• Decent Shelter
• WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
• Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

Habitat for Humanity works with people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity India’s long term strategic goal for 2015-20 is to impact the lives of 25,00,000 individuals in their dream of living in a safe and a decent home. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatindia.in

Loreto Rainbow Home Foundation

Loreto Rainbow Home Foundation

Since 1998, Loreto Rainbow Homes secures the basic rights of vulnerable girl children on the streets of Kolkata and Howrah Municipality. Through the Rainbow Home Programme it provides non-custodial, comprehensive care and protection of the children i.e. guaranteed education, nutrition, clothing, health care, recreation, love and support to ensure their reintegration into mainstream society. We create a child friendly atmosphere at every home. Our children live together with fun, enjoy their learning in groups and solidarity. At present in Kolkata we have five Rainbow Homes that providing continuous support toapprox 600 girls who formerly lived on the streets.

Glimpse of the year 2016-17
22 girls appeared in the H.S examination and all passed with good marks. Among them two passed with distinction securing 70% and 92%.

3 girls from Rainbow Home, Elliot Road, Kolkata participated in Keleri-pattu National Level Karate Championship Competition. Two girls received Silver medal and one of them got opportunity to become a trainer, while another girl received gold medal.

12 children received Udaan scholarship for their higher studies.

100 girl children successfully completed spoken english course from Brainware.

35 girl children enrolled in professional courses of the NSHM (National School for Higher Management) such as Beautician, Retail Management and Hospitality.

3 girl children are admitted in ITI diploma Course in Electronics Mechanics.

Contact Person: Subrata Barman

Category of work: Non-custodial, Comprehensive care and protection of the girl children formerly on the street.

Focus of work: 5 shelter homes for the 600 underprivileged girl children of Kolkata and Howrah Municipality.

Mentaid

Mentaid

MENTAID is the first registered parents’ organisation in West Bengal (1986).
MENTAID’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disability by providing a range of services to meet their needs. MENTAID aims to promote personal choice and independence and encourages full participation and integration in the community

METAID’s work has won for it “Best Parents Organisation for the dedicated service for the cause of disabities” from the Government of West Bengal and the “Special Jury Felicitation-Spandan Awards" from National Trust

MENTAID was chosen as one of three examples of Good Practice in the country by inclusion International for its parent initiative, resource management and self advocacy. One Self Advocate of MENTAID was the only Self Advocate representing India at the Global Forum for Inclusion, at Ottawa, Canada.

One young woman of MENTAID won gold medal for 800m walk in the Special Olympics 2015 at Los Angeles
Six adults are leading a regular life in the c members of MENTAID

Contact Person: Dr Minoti Biswas

Category of work: Education/Disability/ Health/ Human Rights/ Social Services/ Children/ Women/ Elderly/ Environment & Wild life/ Arts/ Sports/ Civic Development (urban)/ Community development (rural)/Vocational training/ Micro-finance/ Disaster Management (Relief & Rehabilitation)

Focus of work: Families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, i.e. Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilitie

PARYAVARAN MITRA

PARYAVARAN MITRA

An NGO Paryavaran Mitra was constituted as a society on the 24th September 2004. It has it’s headquarter at Shikohabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Main objective
Prevent air, water, land and sound pollution,
Training to farmers and students on environmental issues;
Education on importance of clean environment;
Wall writings, rallies and seminars, street plays,
Campaigns against use of plastic & tobacco, noise pollution, etc.

Contact Person: Prasad Narmadeshwar

Category of work:
Prevent air, water, land and sound pollution,
Training to farmers and students on environmental issues.

Focus of work: Families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, i.e. Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilitie

Dakshini Prayash

Dakshini Prayash

“Educating and empowering families to create healthy and sustainable communities”

With this motto, Dakshini Prayash is making efforts under the verticals of education, health, and self-reliance.

The organization is committed to ignite minds through imparting holistic education to over 400 children each year. The educational activities are enhanced through the support of state-of-the-art e-learning equipment across all classrooms, workshops and classes in visual and performing arts, as well as character building and physical development.

Overlapping with these efforts, the institution also emphasizes on the importance of physical health through providing all children with healthy meals twice a day, physical fitness classes, and trainings from various sports experts. Extending the health programs to the larger community, Dakshini Prayash conducts regular health camps for the children, their families, and other community members. This is made possible in partnership with esteemed doctors from the city and organizations like Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club.

Other community development programs include skill development and training to produce an exciting range of hand made paper and cloth products, which are not only retailed on Kolkata, but have made way to various shops and events across India and parts of the globe. These self-reliance programs allow the women on the community to use their skill for productivity and earning an extra income to become empowered citizens in their communities.

With several institutional recognition awards, students excellence results in the academics and sports, and a growing volunteer and patron base, Dakshini Prayash is striving to achieve its vision and become a role model organization for other communities in the city and beyond.

Contact Person: Anant Sanjeev Doogar

Category of work: Holistic Education for Children

Focus of work: Dakshini Prayash has been imparting holistic education under the umbrella of MadurdahaSatyavritiVidyalaya and has grown to strength of 400 students under the guidance of 40 teaching staff. It is located in Madurdaha District behind Ruby Hospital.

LittleBigHelp

LittleBigHelp

LittleBigHelp works to secure basic child rights such as education and protection along with women’s empowerment through skill development training. We help 500 children and women everyday through the 11 projects in West Bengal.

Child Education: Ensures education of school dropout and left out children especially from vulnerable and marginalised backgrounds.
Child Protection: Ensures protection to children living in vulnerable situations through Residential Homes for street connected and marginalised boys and girls etc.
Skill Development training: Provides skill development training to marginalised women for better opportunities in future and to ensure a life of dignity.

LittleBigHelp runs a number of different projects to realise to purpose of the organisation:

• Informal education for 100 school dropout and left out children in the slum area of Shalimar.
• 3 Community Centres that promote education through school preparation courses for nearly 100 vulnerable children and create awareness about child rights in local slum communities.
• A Boys' Home for 35 street connected boys where they can start a new life away from the street.
• A Girls’ Home for 25 street connected and other vulnerable girls to protect from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.
• Centre for Special Education, which is a school for 119 children and adolescents with special needs who would otherwise not be able to attend school or receive care. • Learning Centre for Tribal Children is providing English and computer training to 80 less privileged tribal children.
• A Beautician Training project for 12 marginalised tribal women, with the aim of empowering them financially and socially.
• The Vocational Training project aims to empower marginalised women financially and socially through training them on jewellery making and tailoring.

Contact Person: Mercy R. Barla

Category of work: Children and Women

Focus of work: LittleBigHelp works to create better opportunities for vulnerable children (like street connected) and marginalized women in West Bengal through ensuring child rights and skill development training for income generation.

Tata Medical Centre Trust

Tata Medical Centre Trust

The Indian Cancer Registry reveals that maximum numbers of specific cancers in India come from East and North-East India...a matter of National Concern. Close to 12 lakh new cancer cases are diagnosed every year in India and thousands of patients continue to pour into the Tata Medical Center, Kolkata each day. The average Outpatient average has gone up significantly to 900 per day on many days from 600 patients per day 2 years ago.
Tata Medical Center, Kolkata currently houses 183 beds with the most modern diagnostic and treatment facilities. The hospital has already treated almost 85,000 newly diagnosed patients of cancer and performed more than 21,000 surgeries till date.

The existing facilities at the hospital need to be expand urgently so that more patients can be treated.
We hope to raise funds through the TSK25 for Phase 2 expansion of the hospital and add 250 beds. The same is being done through the addition of a wing adjacent to the existing building so that the entire facility will be connected.

This new wing will take the total number of beds to 400 plus which will be more than double the hospital’s capacity is terms of number of patients that can be treated now. The hospital will be able to then treat more patients as well as reduce the waiting periods across treatments.

Contact Person: Tasnim Motorwala

Category of work: Health

Focus of work: To support the treatment of underprivileged cancer patients at the hospital based on the need of patients who seek support at that time.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE PATIENTS WELFARE SOCIETY KOLKATA

PARKINSON’S DISEASE PATIENTS WELFARE SOCIETY KOLKATA

Parkinson’s disease is a lesser known disorder and those suffering from it are often subjected to the consequences of general public ignorance and insensitivity. Parkinson’s is a lifelong condition and gradually patients become homebound due to their daily physical, emotional and psychological struggles.

Caregivers often complaint that how a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s prefers staying at home and avoid meeting family and friends or attending social gatherings out of fear of social stigma.

Dr.Hrishikesh Kumar, Consultant Neurologist, Head of Neurology, Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata (IN-K), a doctor who treats his patients beyond medicines.

He feels the isolation and agonies of the patients and their care givers. He is the key person to form this support group where patients can mingle with fellow patients, they can share their experiences and they exchange their views and ideas and gather knowledge about the disease which will help them to cope and fight with the disease.

The Society has successfully organized awareness program that covered physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions, counseling and consultation by several eminent doctors and specialists:

• Fun games, quiz, videos, bakery workshop were conducted on weekly basis that instilled a lot of enthusiasm amongst the participants.
• A session on Tai-chi was well attended by patients.
• Our doctors and others members participated in Tsk25 Marathon on 20th December for the cause of PD.Our President Dr.Hrishikesh Kumar, who is a Marathon runner of International repute, ran 25 KM for his patients.
• Dr.Alokananda Roy, eminent dancer who conducted a session with our patients on “Dance for PD”. It is a successful event.
• Produced a documentary on PD named “Things fall apart-a Parkinson’s story”acclaimed by everyone nationally as well as internationally.
• We have created our Face Book in the name of “ PARKINSON’S DISEASE PATIENTS WELFARE SOCIETY KOLKATA”.

Contact Person: MITRA SEN MAZUMDER

Category of work: Health

Focus of work: We are working as a support system for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers in Kolkata.

Kolkata Empowerment Foundation

Kolkata Empowerment Foundation

The Kolkata Empowerment Foundation (KEF) is a registered society formed by a group of distinguished Physicians, Businessmen, Educationists and Filmmakers of Kolkata. KEFs mission is empowerment, healthcare, education and life skill training of our rural population living in extreme poverty.

Strategic Objectives of the society is to Identify, energize and motivate good rural NGOs engaged for progress of the disadvantaged groups and develop linkages and partnership projects with these NGOs for empowerment of the weak and vulnerable. Priority was given on projects for Mother, Child and old age people and also on creating sustainable interventions which could be replicable and owned by the people at the end of its tenure. Organizing donor groups and mobilizing commitments from the corporate world and common citizens to generate active participation amongst all sections of the community;- specially educated elite was another important priority.

KEF is aware about the waste of duplication of efforts and resources. As such the Kolkata Empowerment Foundation started to identify useful supplementary and complementary interventions by mobilizing its own adopted communities. Our projects are located not near Kolkata but in the far areas of West Bengal for reaching more marginal groups. Thereafter we had to perform the refining role by making all interventions comprehensive, interdependent, logical and sustainable and continuously tried for suiting initiatives to the local conditions, environment, and needs. Thus we have assumed a completely different role where no duplication was deliberately planned for the sake of an alternative to the state efforts, but everything was supplementary in nature. In addition we had developed a multi sectoral approach as poverty elimination requires combined actions on Education, Health, Agriculture, Environment, Income generation etc.

Contact Person: Dr Ratneswar Bhattacharjee

Category of work: Education, Health, Income promotion in rural areas

Focus of work: Focusing on all the needs of under-privileged children and mothers encompassing their health, education, nutrition, hygiene, cognitive and all round development.

Mukti

Mukti

MUKTI is a socio-economic development organization that has been working for people in the Sunderban Delta region of South 24 Parganas, WB, India since 2003. Mukti operates witha 360 degrees vision of alleviating poverty by implementing its HEALER initiative programsie. Health, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Environment and Rights. Currently Mukti service covers 23000 households under 10 Gram Panchayats (Local Governments) of theSunderbans. Mukti is working with almost 40 communities that are in catastrophes of climatic hazards resulting in penury, vulnerability and violence. In the Livelihood category alone, Mukti assists over 5,000 rural needy women in earning a living by giving them interestfree loans, and imparting much needed skills development training. Such has been itssuccess over the past 14 years, that now there are demands on Mukti to expand its existingcoverage into several other regions in India.Mukti cannot do this work alone, and we look forward to your co-operation and assistancein meeting our objectives. We welcome each and every individual or entity, who is willing towork whole-heartedly for the poor and distressed across the globe. There are many peoplewho really need your help to deliver them from a life of abject poverty and spreadhappiness in their simple lives. This is the platform where you can extend your hand tothem. To help Mukti please participate in the relevant campaigns of the Airtel HyderabadMarathon and help to create a world without poverty.

Contact Person: Satyajit Roy

Category of work: Women Empowerment, Environmental Economy, Sustainable Agriculture, Education, Livelihood, Rights & GovernanceWomen Empowerment, Environmental Economy, Sustainable Agriculture, Education, Livelihood, Rights & Governance

Focus of work: Currently MUKTI service covers 23000 households under 10 Gram Panchayats (Local Governments) of the Sunderbans. MUKTI is working with almost 40 communities that are in catastrophes of climatic hazards resulting in penury, vulnerability and violence. In the Livelihood category alone, Mukti assists over 5,000 rural needy women in earning a living by giving them interest free loans, and imparting much needed skills development training. Such has been its success over the past 14 years, that now there are demands on Mukti to expand its existing coverage into several other regions in India.

Bhumi

Bhumi

Bhumi started its journey in Chennai 11 years back with just about 5 volunteers. Today, the organisation works in 11 cities, and engages volunteers in educational and civic programmes. The volunteers comprise students, young professionals, housewives and many others from different walks of life.

Key statistics and facts about the organisation
• 11 years of existence
• No cities: 11 cities
• Cumulative beneficiary reach: 82,035
• Cumulative volunteering hours: 1.4 lakhs

Bhumi has two core areas of work - Education and Civic Projects

› Ignite: Transformational Education
Ignite is Bhumi's supplementary education programme for under-privileged children. The programme is delivered during the weekends by over 2,000 trained volunteers of Bhumi. Over 10,000 children are benefiting from the programme this year across 12 Indian cities. The programme consists of English, Mathematics, Science, computers, mentoring, arts, sports and life skills support.

› Catalyse: Transforming Citizenry
Catalyse consists of Bhumi’s civic initiatives that engage volunteers in causes like animal welfare, community welfare, disability, environment, health etc. The programmes consisting of one-off and regular volunteering activities engage over 10,000 volunteers each year in over 15 cities across India.

Contact Person: Afreen Zaman

Category of work: Education and Environment

Focus of work: Bhumi is one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer non-profit organisations

Seva Kendra Calcutta

Seva Kendra Calcutta

The Genesis of Seva Kendra Calcutta is historically linked to the geo-political event of the 1971 war of independence in East Pakistan, which led to the formation of the sovereign nation of Bangladesh. This war witnessed large-scale atrocities that resulted in the exodus of millions of people into India as refugees. It is estimated that over a million refugees came to Calcutta and its neighbourhood alone. The then activity was humanitarian and was the response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta to human suffering and death of refugees. Providing food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment were the center of activity involving the religious and laity in implementing these programmes.

SKC continued with its food aid and emergency responses during periods of natural calamity in the 1970s, though at one stage it was decided that SKC should close down. However, it was not be and Seva Kendra Calcutta was formally registered with the Registrar of Societies under the West Bengal Societies Act of 1961, in early 1970s. During this phase programmes included road building, pond excavation and building of embankments, social forestry, building of community center, schools and hostels for students. All such activities were done under its food-for-work. In the late 1970s SKC was better structured into various departments – Projects, Finance, Training, Documentation, Research and Publication. SKC works in the districts of East & West Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and Kolkata Metro. SKC is a faith-based organization; it works among all communities irrespective of their caste, religion or social standing.

Contact Person: Fr. Franklin Menezes

Category of work: Climate Change, Social Justice, Health, Education, Livelihood and Food Security

Focus of work: Marginalized people (SC/ST/OBC), vulnerable children living in the Districts of Kolkata, East & West Midnapore, Jhargram, North 24 Parganas, Howrah & Hooghly

Discover A New Dawn (D.A.N.D)

Discover A New Dawn (D.A.N.D)

Since its inception DAND has been striving for the empowerment of people with disabilities. To make these people aware and self-reliant various activities are envisaged.

Career Counselling-
DAND provides Career Guidance to people with disabilities. It is an initiative for those who tend to underestimate their capabilities, owing to their physical disability. It works as an inspiration for those who consider themselves incompetent. On many instances virtually loosing the zeal to strive and feel comfortable by taking refuge in the home on the ploy of being physically disabled.

Skill Development-
DAND provides guidance on Spoken English, Resume Writing, Interview Skill and Personality Development. At present some disabled youth are being trained in Jewellery Designing and Candle making. We are eager to expand and establish various types of skill development training programs for different types of people with disabilities.

Workshops-
DAND organizes Multi-facets Interactive Counselling Programs. These workshops are based on different important aspects viz. Legal Awareness, Education, Employment & Vocational, Social Issues etc. The topics of discussions are mainly focused on Employment & Livelihood.

Field Study-
DAND ventured into a field study to examine existing scopes for better employment opportunities for disabled and accordingly strategies on building up mechanisms accessible to beneficiaries seeking employment. We have surveyed people with disabilities in Kolkata and outskirts comprising mostly Visually Impaired and Locomotor disabled.

Contact Person: Debasree Bhattacharya

Category of work: Disability

Focus of work: A Kolkata based organization working for the development and rehabilitation of people with different disabilities.

Blue Star Foundation

Blue Star Foundation

The organisations currently supported by Blue Star Foundation include JyotBahu-UddeshiySamajikSanstha, Thane towards vocational training opportunities for girls and adolescent health education; The Anchorage, Mumbai offering opportunities for education and vocational training for the mentally challenged; AshrayAkruti, Hyderabad towards a special school for children with varying degrees of hearing impairment; Aishwarya Trust, Chennai for corrective surgery for congenital heart defects in children; Mumbai Mobile Creches towards education and health initiatives for children of construction labourers; Indian Association of Blood Cancer & Allied Diseases, Kolkata for medical relief of cancer-affected patients; among others.

Contact Person: Sudakshina Ray

Category of work: Education and Health

Focus of work: Blue Star Foundation, established in 1982, is a registered public charitable Trust of Blue Star Limited, supporting philanthropic causes for over three decades.

Society for United Way of Kolkata

Society for United Way of Kolkata

It is an established fact that investments in school sanitation and hygiene education together can create improved learning environments, thereby facilitating increased attendance and retention of students. The impact it is most pronounced among girl students, when their special needs of adequacy and privacy are catered to.

Toilets are being planned to provide good sanitation to girl students early in life. The toilet blocks shall ensure that the girls are not only exposed to hygienic sanitation and toilet training, but the privacy of separate toilets for their use. The thrust of this project is to ensure the dignity of girls, and inculcate respect for their dignity among co-boy students. It is a disgrace and embarrassing for girls to attend schools without toilets or which have toilets that are unusable thus either absenting classes several days in a month or running home to use toilets.

EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOME:
Improved sanitary infrastructure in schools for girls and co-ed schools with separate blocks for girls
Increased girls’ attendance in school
Reduce girls drop out from school due to inadequate toilet facilities
Sanitary education
Good hygienic practice in among students from diseases

Contact Person: Supritha

Category of work: Education Health Livelihood

Focus of work: A Kolkata based organization working for education and health of school children

Naihati Prolife

Naihati Prolife

Health:
Targeted Intervention of HIV/AIDS among marginalized community under NACP-III
T.B. Awareness Programme
First Aid Camps

Education:
Functional Education to the children of migrant Brick Field Labours
Functional Education to the Street Children

Vocational Training:
Beautician Training Programme , Tailoring Training Programme.
Sanitation and Safe Drinking Water Promotion Programme the students of Primary School (Specifically Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene and Arsenic Mitigation). Also Scientific planning and provision of latrine, water station.

Research & Survey Activities on various issues like health ,education & socio-economic situation of the community, impact studies of projects, Needs assessment studies and Citizen Satisfaction study of Urban Local Body.

Within rural and urban areas of North 24 Parganas, Nadia and Hooghly district.
Sex Workers – 1000+, Truckers- 5000+, Street Children- 50 +, Brick Field Children- 150 + . In case of TB awareness programme the beneficiaries are the total people of 5 TUs within North 24 Parganas district , In case of Research & and Surveys the direct beneficiaries are the police makers

Contact Person: Suparna Banerjee

Category of work: Heatlh, Water & Sanitation, Child Education

Focus of work: Improved Sanitation for Adolescent Girls of High Schools around North and South 24 Parganas with special attention to Menstrual Hygiene Education and Support system like Change Room Incinerator and Napkin Vending Machine.

Samaritan Help Mission

Samaritan Help Mission

Samaritan Mission School
Computer Literacy Program
Vocational and Industrial Skill Development Training Program for Girls and Women
Samaritan Micro-Credit Program
Samaritan Health Centre
Changing Lives through Sports

Contact Person: Sajid Arshad

Category of work: Education, Health, Children/Women/Elderly, Sports, Disaster Management(Relief & Rehabilitation)

Focus of work: Empowerment of poor and underprivileged children, adolescent girls, women and youth group of Tikiapara slums through education, vocational training and sports

TURNSTONE GLOBAL

TURNSTONE GLOBAL

Turnstone Global is engaged in providing Comprehensive Empowerment to underprivileged sections of the society and provides a diverse range of services to its beneficiaries. Such services range from providing pre-natal health care to fostering old age care; covering in between sectors like education, healthcare, skill development training, livelihood and entrepreneurship development skill and so on. Therefore, the term “providing Comprehensive Empowerment” is used while describing activities and nature of Turnstone Global.

Turnstone Global plans its programmes and activities based on field level survey and in-depth analysis of data gathered from such surveys. Community members are consulted right from the conceptual phase of a programme. This approach ensures that programmes of the Organisation are community centric, based on actual ground level needs rather than being a top-down model.

Quite naturally, to achieve this stage of providing comprehensive empowerment, activities of Turnstone Global has grown into leaps and bounds. Starting with serving a handful of visually challenged beneficiaries form the backyard of a rented accommodation, today, the Organisation has its own infrastructure in providing services of diverse nature. Furthermore, the Organisation has spread its wings not only in different locations of West Bengal, but also in several states of the country. Today, Turnstone Global works in 11 states of India. It is worth mentioning here that the Organisation’s activities are not restricted to cities and towns but also spans different levels right till the grass-root level beneficiary living in rural panchayat areas. In West Bengal alone, the Organisation works in over 650 villages under 42 Gram Panchayats in 16 districts.

Contact Person: Dr. Kanchan Gaba

Category of work: Comprehensive empowerment of underprivileged individuals.

Focus of work: Providing education, health, skill-development for children, women, youth, disabled,transgender in east and northeast India.

Jungle Crows Foundation

Jungle Crows Foundation

To enable 100 athletes of our project to participate and compete in the 10K and 25K categories of the TSK25 2017. The funds raised will also assist us to procure rugby balls and other sporting equipment’s we need for our Khelo Rugby training sessions.

Contact Person: Peter Fernandes

Category of work: Positive youth development through sport

Focus of work: We take organized sporting sessions to more than 1000 underprivileged children across 41 disadvantaged communities of Kolkata, Saraswatipur and Bengaluru.

Literacy India

Literacy India

Key Areas of Work in Education across 12 States with 90 centers, Gyantantra Digital Dost a Multimedia based education Accelerators across 80 schools and have covered over 40 thousand students. Education, Skilling and Vocational Education an important vertical has covered over 400000 (four lacs) beneficiaries. Literacy India is focusing her energies on digitising the literacy programme through ‘Gyantantra-Digital Dost’ with a vision of every educated Indian teaching another. LI has not only taken on the task of creating awareness on the importance of education for under privileged children, Women and youth, but also bring them to level of reaching it. LI believes in innovative pedagogy in order to retain the children within the purview of education.

Contact Person: Sanghamitra Chanda

Category of work: Children/ Women/ Vocational Training

Focus of work: Literacy India’s endeavor is to meet this objective through imparting basic education and through exposing our students to a variety of vocational skills in performing arts, computer animation, multimedia etc.

St. Jude India Child Care Centre

St. Jude India Child Care Centre

St.Jude was founded by Mrs. Shyama And Mr. Nihal Kaviratne. The passion to help provided a catalyst for change to many children and their parents. The entire activities are divided into 3 circle the first is medical intervention which is taken care by doctors and 2nd and 3rd circle work together to provide a clean and safe place for the families. The second circle did the structured and concrete part of the work and third circle is to provide education, recreation and counselling to the families. The treatment take several months and children are away from the school , a model of education has been developed for children of different ages with the diverse background and language to provide them the education and also the art & craft , yoga and music therapy is being provided . As the parents are very depressed due to child’s sickness the counsellor visit regularly to provide the emotional support to the families.

We are the recipient of many awards and accolades from various Institute and oganisation . Just to mention few of them.

The Guide Star India Certificate, St.Judes is a Giver India Tier 1 Organisation has been VO 2A by CRISIL.

Families travelling from rural and small towns to big cities for cancer treatment in premier medical institutes of the country lack the wherewithal to support themselves in a city. St. Judes bridges the gap between zero to low cost medical treatment provided by treating hospitals and provides holistic support and care essential to complete harsh, long-drawn cancer treatment.The infection free environment at St. Judes is a haven for families to recuperate and recover from illness. Nutritional support ensures balanced, home cooked meals for families every day. Transportation to and from the hospital further minimizes contact with opportunistic infections and ensure comfortable travel after harsh chemotherapy or a long day in the hospital. Education activities keep children abreast of the topics and concepts being taught in school so that children can join back mainstream school after successful completion of treatment. Recreational activities such as festivals and birthday celebration, and outings offer a break from their routine and aids in communal harmony. Art and craft, music and drama give vent to their creativity. Psycho-social support like counselling, yoga and new skills for income generation for parents enables families to deal with the rigours of disease with a positive mind-set. St. Judes’ model helps families to timely complete treatment.In addition, with this support, families do not abandon treatment; abandonment rate has dropped from 25% to less than 5% at Tata Memorial Hospital.

St. Judes is a Give India Tier 1 organisation. We are a recipient of Platinum Seal from GuideStar India.

Contact Person: Shampa Chowdhury

Category of work: To provide holistic care to the children undergoing treatment of cancer with the referral hospital.
Healthcare for children

Focus of work: We provide across our centre a safe and clean environment that is essential to the recovery of a child. In addition we provide nutritional, educational, recreational support, transportation services and counselling services.

Free, hygienic accommodation and holistic support to needy families travelling from rural and small towns to big cities for their cancer affected children

Rakshak Foundation

Empowering Lives, Conserving the Environment.

Contact Person: Chaitali Das

Category of work: Skill Development & Livelihood Generation via conservation of the Environment

Focus of work: Skill development and livelihood enhancement, empowering lives particularly of women in West Bengal.

Cancer Foundation of India

Cancer Foundation of India

#Cancer Foundation of India (CFI) is an NGO, with a difference, on a mission to reduce human suffering due to cancer. Cancer, if detected early is not fatal hence CFI focuses on prevention, early diagnosis and encourages patients for early treatment.

#Since 2002 some of the most committed professionals of Kolkata under the leadership of Prof. Maqsood Siddiqi, scientific visionar and Founder Chairman of CFI,focuses services on the major cancer-breast, uterine cervix and tobacco-induced ones which account for 70% of cancers in India.

#CFI has 4 focus areas on advocacy at community and policy levels, population-based preventive research, training professionals along with providing screening services and supportive care to cancer patients.

#Community service of CFI includes the CFI Cancer Screening & Prevention Centre, a specialized FREE screening clinic screening over 9500 women, customized training for 178 medical professionals in collaboration with state governments, vaccination of 1,000 young girls against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), conducted over 350 cancer awareness programmes across West Bengal.

#In recognition of the year of service in Bengal CFI is the only nominated civil society member in the State-level Committee for Tobacco Control in West Bengal, conferred UICC, Geneva membership. Fellowships have been received from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, American Cancer Society, World Health Organisation (IARC), Cancer Council Queensland (Australia) etc.

Contact Person: Sutapa Biswas

Category of work: Health

Focus of work: CFI, a Kolkata-based charity,that promotes and provides preventive measures for reducing cancer deaths