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.
- 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
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 100 % exempted u/s - 35AC ( for corporates) & u/s 80GGA ( for individuals) 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 2016 : the highest level of recognition for transparency and public accountability.
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
Sr. M. Cyril, Secretary, since 20th July, 2004 – present
Wg. Cdr. Shomir Choudhuri, Honourary Treasurer since 9th February, 2008 – present
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.
Soumitra Bose -
Member, Retired Chartered Accountant and Senior Finance professional with global and cross-functional experience
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.
The Management Team is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Governing Council and for Calcutta Rescue’s daily operations.
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.