About Calcutta Rescue

Calcutta Rescue is a registered non – governmental organization (NGO) operating in Kolkata and some parts of rural West Bengal for over three decades serving the most socially and economically disadvantaged people of the region – regardless of gender, age, caste or religion.

Although India is a rising power today, the harsh reality of poverty and deprivation cannot be ignored. In Kolkata and areas of rural West Bengal itself, almost 4 million people live below the poverty line and some 2.5 million people live on the streets and slums scattered across the city. Thus, Calcutta Rescue was established to meet the most basic needs of these poor and downtrodden, providing free medical care, education, benefits and vocational training for increasing income generation opportunities.






Calcutta Rescue provides all services free of cost to the neediest people of Kolkata and rural West Bengal through health clinics, schools, vocational training and preventive health programmes. We aim to improve levels of health, education and earning opportunities for current and new service users.

We will continue to

  • Provide a ‘Health Plus’ and ‘Education Plus’ service which not only offers medicine and education but also nutrition and other necessities for healthy living, information to maintain health and literacy as well as numeric skills.
  • Monitor the impact of our services and respond to changing and new needs.



Calcutta Rescue will continue and develop its 32  year programme of essential help to people living in the harsh conditions of poverty in Kolkata and other areas of West Bengal. We will provide free health care, education and ways of combating poverty until people who are disadvantaged and neglected achieve universal and best possible healthcare together with full educational opportunities for their children.

Our Values

  • All people have equal rights to health, education and hope.
  • All people have strengths and assets.
  • It is possible to make a positive difference in the lives of poor people and their children.
  • A well-trained and motivated staff makes a difference in the lives of the poor people.

This means that Calcutta Rescue

  • Treats all our service users with respect and as equals.
  • Offers services to people irrespective of age, gender, caste or religion.
  • Always provides services free of cost.
  • Empowers our service users to effectively manage their health and general well being.
  • Treats the whole person with our ‘Health Plus’ and ‘Education Plus’ services.
  • Works to fill gaps without duplicating services offered by others.
  • Demonstrates compassion, support and concern for our service users and their families.
  • Is flexible and looks for solutions to meet the needs of individuals.
  • Aims for the highest level of integrity in all its activities.
  • Aims to provide services of the highest possible quality on which service users can rely.

With this in mind and with your support, may Calcutta Rescue continue its tireless work to help the under privileged


Our Organisation

Calcutta Rescue (CR) is registered under the West Bengal Societies Act 1961 (Registration number S/67495 (91-92), and under the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA Registration number: 147120588).
All donations are 50 % exempted u/s - 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act.
Calcutta Rescue was adjudged the joint winner of the BEST NGO (medium sized) in India by the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009.

Calcutta Rescue received the Guidestar Platinum Award in 2017 : the highest level of recognition for transparency and public accountability.

Governing Council

Calcutta Rescue’s Governing Council is legally responsible for the operations of the organization and its compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It comprises distinguished members of the community and each has extensive specialist experience.

Dr. Jack Preger (Founder of Calcutta Rescue), Chairperson since 4th April, 1991 – Till Date

Honorary Chairperson, Dr. Jack Preger Dr. Jack is a British medical doctor who began providing medical care from a street clinic to the poor of Kolkata in 1979. Since then he has worked tirelessly to build Calcutta Rescue into the thriving NGO it is today.
Soumitra Bose - Secretary, since 12th July, 2017

A Chartered and Management Accountant by profession. Soumitra has worked for over 34 years in global cross functional roles, primarily with Unilever where his last position was Finance Director at Unilever UK. Soumitra joined CR in 2015 and was initially overseeing local fund raising, finance and legal matters. He was inducted as a GC member in 2016.

Wg. Cdr. Shomir Choudhuri, Honourary Treasurer since 9th February, 2008 – present
Wg. Cdr. Shomir Choudhuri is a retired Indian Air Force Officer who was awarded for his services. He is presently operating his own business.

Mrs. Shukla Rebeiro 

Member, Retired Administrator of a School has wide experience about the running of English Medium School in Kolkata.

Dr. G. M. Rahaman - 

Member, A Senior Medical Practioner. Was Chief Executive Officer of Calcutta Rescue till 2013.

Colonel Amitava Poddar

Member, Retired Army officer. He is presently operating his own business.

Lionel Elloy -

Member, Retired Consulting Engineer of Electrical and Power Systems

Anup Mundle - 

Member, Ex. Regioal Manager in Shalimar Paints. Own business in interior designer and involved in various social service organisation. 








Our Management

The Management Team is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Governing Council and for Calcutta Rescue’s daily operations.

Chief Executive Officer - Born in London and after gaining an MSc in applied mathematics, Jaydeep started his career as an aerospace engineer followed by automotive engineering and worked for British Aerospace in England and Lear Motors in Germany. After being inspired by Muhammad Yunus' book, Banker to the Poor, and attaining an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School in London, he moved to India in 2006 to serve poor communities through microfinance. He worked for Unitus Capital in Bangalore before moving to the city of his roots, Kolkata, where he joined Arohan Financial Services Ltd as VP and  headed finance, fundraising & HR. In 2014, Jaydeep co-founded Wings Learning Centres, a chain of affordable education centres for low-income communities. He joined Calcutta Rescue as CEO in 2017.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Medical Dr. Alakanada Ghosh (Dutta), Clinic Superintendent, holds a Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery from Calcutta National Medical College as well as a Diploma in Child Health. She served an Internship in the Pediatrics Medicine Department, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital. She began as a Medical Officer at Calcutta Rescue in 1995. 
Executive - Human Resources & Administration Ajit Karar has been working with Calcutta Rescue since 1996, beginning as an Accountant. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Hons.) from the University of Burdwan and Post Graduate in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.
Executive - Finance Ruby Sen joined Calcutta Rescue in 2009. She has more than 14 years of experience in Finance and Accounts and has worked for both NGO's and the corporate sector. She is a graduate in Commerce from Calcutta University and has completed the Chartered Accountancy intermediate examination.








Our Support Groups

When Dr Jack Preger set up his street clinic catering to the needs of the most poor of the city many Western travelers who were impressed with his humble effort stopped by to help him. These volunteers returned to their home towns and set up support groups there and continue to assist Calcutta Rescue. All Support Groups and representatives of Calcutta Rescue meet once every year for an International Meeting.

For more details on volunteering, donations and support please contact with a Support Group or a Supporter near you.


Our Team

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