Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NGOS/VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS IN KOLKATA

There are number of good NGOs in Kolkata . Some of them I know are:

1. Tollygunge Women In Need (TWIN) is a not for profit social organization, founded by a dedicated couple from Belgium. Its objectives and programmes are adapted from the experience and understanding, evolved from poverty and development issues. The main focus was always been underprivileged children and women – the most vulnerable section of the society.
The goal of TWIN is to improve the socio-economic situation of unprivileged people by means of prevention, education and income generation. TWIN was designed an effective holistic approach for achieving its goal by ensuring education, health, capacity, building and micro finance for the targeted communities in & around the city of Kolkata. The targeted communities are divided into three categories.
  • Slum children and their parents
  • Child labours and their parents
  • Commercial sex workers and their children






## Incidentally my father is one of the Board members of this organization.

2. Women’s Interlink Foundation (WIF), established in 1990 was registered in 1992 under the Indian Charitable Trust Act . The organization comprises of a group of members having expertise in multifarious fields of social work and experienced representatives from other related professional fields.


Through it’s projects WIF has successfully opened new avenues of scope for these women and children that will enable them to make a new beginning for a safe and secured future in which they can take care of themselves and their families without resorting to illegal or unsocial means.The projects encourage them to take up a vocational training that will help them to earn a living.

They have an interesting Rural Tourism programme near Shantiniketan with locals and tribals

THEIR PROJECTS AT A GLANCE:

PROJECTS IN RED LIGHT AREAS

INTEGRATED CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (ICDS)

NEGLECTED ONES

HIV/ AIDS

ADOPT A GRANNY

PREVENTION OF TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN AND CHILDREN BETWEEN BANGLADESH AND WEST BENGAL

PREVENTION ACTION AGAINST TRAFFICKING AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN (ATSEC) WEST BENGAL

INTEGRATED PROGRAMME FOR STREET CHLIDREN, CHILD LABOUR; CHILDREN IN SLUMS, (SOUTH AND NORTH KOLKATA)

MAINSTREAMING & RETAINING OF DEPRIVED URBAN CHILDREN
SWANIRBHAR (Self Reliance)

NIJOLOY – A HOME FOR RESCUED, TRAFFICKED AND ORPHANED GIRLS AND
CHILDREN OF AIDS VICTIMS


ICHAPUR HANDICAPPED

ENDOGENOUS RURAL TOURISM

3. Calcutta Rescue
Founded in 1979, Calcutta Rescue is a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to serve the most socially and economically disadvantaged people in Kolkata and rural West Bengal - regardless of gender, age, caste or religion.
Their wide range of projects include :
four Urban Clinics offering primary healthcare as well as specialist medical programmes
Rural Clinics
an active Outreach Programme (Mobile Clinics, Street Medicine, Health Education)
two Schools educating over 500 children
a Clean and Safe Drinking Water Programme
a Vocational Training Programme creating sustainable employment
a Fair Trade certified Handicrafts Workshop


4. Calcutta Social Project


Calcutta Social Project has been working for over 40 years among impoverished mothers and children of the streets and slums (bastis) of Kolkata. Their office was beside my house. My father and my sister knows them quite well.

5 Outside Kolkata

1. Atma Foundation or Magic Bus in Mumbai
2. Oxfam in Bangalore
3. www.educatorstrustindia.org - s based in Goa about 10 km from calangute/baga.The good thing is that there's lots of after hours things to do, good beaches, restaurants etc.
4. children walking tall is doing super work in goa http://www.childrenwalkingtall.com/
5. http://charitiesinindia.net/sitemap
6. In Ladakh secmol http://www.secmol.org/index.php  and for other places around Indiahttp://charitiesinindia.net/sitemap

source : all referred by CS.

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