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                           Health, Education and Hope


By CRF editor, Nov 12 2018 08:33PM

DOUBLE your donation and help create CR's new school!

Would you like to help us convert a ramshackled, 150-year-old house into a new school for 350 children from the slums of Kolkata?If so then we can double your online donation for this project between November 27 and December 4.

We are taking part in the annual Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise £15,000 towards the painting and repair of the 16-room property and to buy desks and other essential equipment.

Generous supporters in the UK have already pledged £3,500 to the project. But to access that money we need to raise a similar amount during the campaign week, which starts at midday on #GivingTuesday - Tuesday, November 27.

So please put the date in diary, tell your friends and family and anyone you know who might want to help.

Help us give these youngsters, who come from the most deprived backgrounds, the best possible Christmas present - as the gift of education will keep giving throughout their lives.

Thank you so much!

By CRF editor, Aug 31 2018 05:48PM

Calcutta Rescue's education programme operates on a shoestring budget out of a cramped former brothel in a red-light district, teaching hundreds of youngsters growing up in some of Kolkata’s worst slums.

But the outstanding work of the team at Calcutta Rescue has been hailed by the cream of West Bengal’s educational elite when they lifted two trophies at the state’s most prestigious school awards - The annual Telegraph School Awards for Excellence.

They beat five other shortlisted schools - four of them leading fee-paying schools - to win the A School That Cares award for the most caring school in 2018.

The charity’s founder Dr Jack Preger was also inducted into The Telegraph Education Foundation Hall of Fame - a rare honour reserved for the state’s greatest educators.

Ananya Chatterjee, who taught at the prestigious Delhi Public School before taking over Calcutta Rescue’s educational programme last year, said after the awards ceremony: “ When the children were receiving rounds of applause, I had goose bumps. I know the ins and outs of each one of my students who performed on stage; therefore, I know how tough their lives are!”

The awards for educational excellence come within days of the Calcutta Rescue purchasing a large old house in the Hedua area in North Kolkata so that we can finally move our school out of a dingy and cramped former brothel in nearby Girsh Park. We plan to refurbish the building over the coming year so the youngsters can study in an uplifting and safe environment, one which will help them develop to their full potential.

By CRF editor, Jul 8 2018 12:09PM

Join us for a wonderful sponsored walk along the banks of the Thames in SW London - and help us raise money to fund the work of Calcutta Rescue.The route is from Kew to Hampton Court - one of the most beautiful stretches of the river, particularly in Autumn.

It will be a chance to catch-up with old friends and make new ones.

The full walk is 20km but there is the option to walk 10km, from Kew to Teddington (morning) or from Teddington to Hampton Court (afternoon)

The walk will start from Kew Bridge at 10.30am, and we should be at Teddington Lock by 1.30pm and Hampton Court at around 4.30pm.

Raising money for this couldn’t be simpler - you can use Justgiving: Choose Fundraise - Organised Event - then select Thames Path 20km Sponsored Walk and fill in the details to create your fundraising page.

It only takes a few minutes to set up and then send the link by email/Facebook/WhatsApp etc to family, friends and work colleagues so they can sponsor you online.

Everyone who takes part will receive a souvenir keyring being specially produced in the charity’s handicraft project in Kolkata.

Just email Sean at to confirm that you want to be part of the team, or if you have any questions, and he will send you all the information.

By CRF editor, May 24 2018 11:16AM

Donors, supporters and volunteers came together to celebrate what Calcutta Rescue has achieved and to be inspired about what the charity will do next. During an afternoon of singing, dance and lively conversation, CEO Jaydeep Chakrabarty shared Calcutta Rescue's plans for the next few years, including:

1. Improving slum communities through access to clean drinking water and installing toilets.

2. Child friendly schools (in a new school building)

3. More opportuities for vocational training and employment

Jaydeep quoted Calcutta Rescue's founder Dr Jack Preger: "We must see life through the eyes and minds of those we serve."

Many thanks to all who made this such a special day.

By CRF editor, May 17 2018 07:42AM

Two women are dancing for joy in the middle of Calcutta Rescue’s TB clinic, surrounded by patients wearing green masks to prevent the spread of this potentially fatal disease.

It is November 2017 and they have just been told they are finally clear of the disease after a year and a half of treatment.

That spontaneous expression of happiness provided the spark of inspiration for this dance video involving hundreds of Calcutta Rescue's patients, schoolchildren and doctors, health workers and teachers dancing to the soundtrack of Living in the City by British artist Rhys Lewis, who is supporting the project. The video was filmed and edited by volunteers at no cost to the charity.

Calcutta Rescue works in challenging conditions, and the lives of the people we help are very hard.

But they so often demonstrate a remarkable resilience and love of life. So we thought, why not try and capture that positive spirit in dance? Then all we had to do was get everyone in the charity inspired by the idea, get everyone rehearsing, and then film them in 12 different locations around the city, from the roof of a school in a red-light district to a mobile clinic parked up in one of the city’s most deprived slums...

From children with learning disabilities and patients crippled by leprosy to an amazing woman of 90 who had had a hip operation just a month before - everyone danced their socks off.

So if you enjoy this video and like what we are trying to do then please, please share it with all your friends, and help us spread the word about this amazing little charity.

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