Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Health, Livelihoods
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FOR families living on the streets, winter is a harsh reality – especially the lack of warm clothing. Before the chill sets in, help Calcutta Rescue gift woollens to 300 children in their school programme.
A HUNGRY child is difficult to teach. A malnourished adult is difficult to cure. Calcutta Rescue combat both problems with food supplements. Help them procure a six-month supply for their beneficiaries.
IN the first weeks of being born, a baby is vaccinated against serious diseases like polio and measles that can maim or kill. But not in Kolkata's slums where child immunisation rates are dangerously low.
THREE primary healthcare clinics in the city treat hundreds of patients every day. The team of doctors and health workers also run specialist programmes to treat TB, cancer, HIV and leprosy – a non-fatal disease that attracts profound stigma. Plus, they provide support for the disabled, including mobility aids like crutches and wheelchairs. Rs 935 a month can supply medication for a diabetic patient requiring insulin. Rs 5,800 per month treats an extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis patient.
ON the road six days a week, this clinic on wheels stops in different neighbourhoods to provide treatment and health education to street dwellers. Much of this involves de-worming, and measures against lice and scabies – all common ailments of the homeless. Food and clothing are also handed out, along with vital mobility aids like crutches. This programme has had great success in early detection of leprosy and TB, allowing for crucial medical intervention at the first stage of the diseases.
AROUND 650 children from local slums are given coaching and support designed to help them thrive in mainstream government schools. Calcutta Rescue first prepare four to six-year-olds using the Montessori method for admission into state schools. Then they continue to support the youngsters with classes in computers, drawing, dance and singing – as well as two meals a day and medical support. Transport is also provided to ensure regular attendance. The monthly cost per child is Rs 1,450.
Calcutta Rescue are doing a wonderful job whether of tending to the sick (including HIV+ patients) or kindergarten students or coaching Class 9 and 10 students for Board exams, mid-day meals, rations to poor patients and students.
Now I know that beneath the smiles often lie pain and uncertainty, the impact of Calcutta Rescue on these children’s lives will stay with me long after I leave. I hope more children are given the chance to find there is more to life than simply surviving.
- Jaydeep Chakraborty CEO
- Alakananda Ghosh Deputy CEO, Medical
- Ruby Sen Finance Manager
- Ajit Karar HR & Admin Executive