Key Initiatives

  • Calcutta Foundation (in collaboration with Rotary India Humanity Foundation) sent 100 Shelter Kits to survivors of the Nepal earthquake. The shelter kits contained items of everyday use, such as sheets of tarpaulins to make temporary tents, blankets, stove, cooking utensils, clothes and a variety of dry food.

    Financial support was also provided for the construction of 100 shelter homes for survivors of Nepal earthquake.
  • A team of Calcutta Foundation volunteers repeatedly visited Sunderbans, with 1,000Shelter Kits for survivors of Aila Cyclone that hit parts of West Bengal, and caused huge loss of life and damage to property and vegetation, specially on the remote islands of Sunderbans.

    A medical team went to help with problems of health and hygiene for the survivors.

    Funds, on this occasion, came from the German Consulate, Kolkata, for the Shelter Kits, which supplied the basic amenities to the survivors.
  • Funds were raised at the Oberoi Grand with Steve Waugh as the patron, for construction of 800 low cost shelters on Andaman and Nicobar Islands, for Tsunami survivors. 800 shelter kits and toys for children were provided.
  • Calcutta Foundation conducted extensive relief work, with Rotary Mahanagar, during the devastating Bihar floods. 2000 shelter kits, sponsored by friends of CF and Rotary, were distributed to flood victims. Each shelter kit contained the essentials of what a family of 4 would need.

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Calcutta Foundation has provided medical support to the many children and adults in West Bengal.

  • SushmaMahato, daughter of a leprosy patient, was suffering from alopecia due to an accident when she was an infant; the skin on her scalp got burnt. She is 15 years old and lives at Udayan. CF supported the cost of her treatment. She had to undergo two major surgeries.
  • Calcutta Foundation, time and again provides financial help to Care and Concern Foundation for treatment of children suffering from cancer.
  • Cochlear implant was successfully done for a 4-year old girl, VedikaKhaire. She had lost her hearing and speech. She is a happy, intelligent child now.
  • Kidney transplant was successfully done for Diki Sherpa, a girl from Sikkim.
  • Medical expenses of all children from Udayan were borne by Calcutta Foundation from 2010 to 2013. Several eye camps and health camps were also organized on the premises.
  • Calcutta Foundation supported several health camps in villages, for eye check-ups, dental check-ups, and gynecological awareness programmes for women and children in rural areas.

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Calcutta Foundation is supporting MahimaVarma’s project: “Girls for Tomorrow”, to teach self-defense to young girls from less-advantaged families through interaction with them, on the need for self-defense and the significance of taekwondo. 17-year old, Mahima, has conceptualized this project.

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Calcutta Foundation has given scholarships to deserving candidates over the past two decades, in the field of education and music.
  • Its greatest success story has been Pappu, who got a 6-year scholarship at a university for music, in the States. After completing his term at the University, he now is involved in training young musicians.
  • Provided computers to several welfare schools to enhance the learning of the children.

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  • Sanjib Mondal, a brilliant musician from Oxford Mission, went to Oxford to be trained as a First violinist and a conductor.
  • SanjibMondal, a brilliant musician from Oxford Mission, went to Oxford to be trained as a First violinist and a conductor.
  • Anuradha Kapoor wished to start a centre for battered women. She was given a scholarship by Calcutta Foundation to visit similar centres in America, in 1995/96. On her return, she set up SWAYAM, a counseling centre for battered women in Kolkata, which is doing excellent work. Benefactors are invited to support the Foundation in this worthy cause.
  • Nursing scholarships are being given to girls after passing out from Udayan; so far 10 girls have benefitted through these.
  • Trainers have been appointed to train girls in skills such as Kantha, other embroideries, and tailoring.
  • Loan to a young man was given for further studies in England. (He has been repaying the loan, in small installments).
  • A bright young student from Kolkata, got 100% scholarship from Kent University, US, to pursue his doctoral programme. Calcutta Foundation provided his airfare to and from Kent.

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Calcutta Foundation has been organizing fun parties and film shows for children from welfare schools in and around Kolkata.

In the last 15 years, the Foundation has held annual parties, on the spacious lawns of the Raj Bhavan, for upto 800 children at a time, usually during the winter months. It’s being done under the patronage of Honourable Governor of West Bengal Shri K N Tripathi and former Governors Shri M K Narayanan, ShriGopal Krishna Gandhi and late ShriViren J Shah.

Entertainment has been provided by UshaUthup, Tanusree Shankar, SandeepVyas, Lee Alison Sibley, AnjanDatta, a Japanese Jazz Band and a human puppet show by an Early Learning Centre, KANGAROO KIDS, NewAlipore. There have also been magic shows and fun games.At these parties, Jungle Crows, an NGO run by Paul Walsh, act as volunteers and play games with the children during the 2-hour ‘party’.

The children get refreshments in addition to a small gift sponsored by friends of Calcutta Foundation. The highlight is not only the entertainment programme, but also the fact that the children get a chance to interact with the First Couple.

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