UDAYAN

Mrs. Shamlu Dudeja, chairperson of Calcutta Foundation, raised funds to set up a home for girls at UDAYAN, in Barrackpore, (a rehabilitation home for 300 boys from leprosy colonies, started by Rev. James Stevens and supported by Dominique Lapierre). The money for this was raised at a dinner auction in June, 1998, at the Taj Bengal Kolkata with Steve Waugh as the chief guest. The building was ready in August, 1999. A hundred little girls from leprosy homes moved into this building named NiveditaBhavan, which was inaugurated by Steve Waugh in January, 2000. In 2003, Mrs. Shamlu Dudeja through Calcutta Foundation has been instrumental in helping Udayan get funds from the Japanese Consulate to build a home for children under 5 yearsand a multi-purpose building in the Udayan complex. The ground floor serves as a dining room-cum-meeting room. The 1st floor houses class rooms. In 2009, 40th year celebrations of Udayan were started with a 3-month art camp at Udayan: “Art with a Heart” by Ms.Stacey Newman, a friend of Mrs.Shamlu Dudeja. Ms. Newman is an artist and collagist in New York, and came to Kolkata at CF’s invitation. At the end, a successful exhibition-cum-sale was organized at The Palladian Lounge.

In 2010, Calcutta Foundation constructed a self-contained guesthouse for visiting volunteers from other cities in India and abroad (supported by the German Consulate).

Calcutta Foundation presented a Tata Sumo vehicle to Udayan in 2010.

In 2012, Calcutta Foundation has helped find the outgoing boys from the school jobs with TI Cycles, and as cashiers with reputed restaurants.

A large area was cleared and filled with rich soil; it is being used for growing vegetables and fruits. AGRI-HORTI Society donated several plants for this project.

In 2013, a trainer was appointed to give vocational training to girls in skills such as Kantha, other embroideries, and tailoring.

Twelve computers and a scanner were presented to provide training to children above 10 years of age.

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