Kolkata, Turnstone Global, West Bengal

Turnstone Global

Dr. Kanchan Gaba, current secretary of Turnstone Global lost her vision at a very early age due to Glaucoma. Since then, she has been a student of Calcutta Blind School. During her school days, in the early 80s, she was a student member of The National Association of the Blind. Later, she pursued a Doctorate…

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Kolkata, Sabuj Sangha, West Bengal

Sabuj Sangha

The Sunderbans are known for its tiger reserves and unique beauty. But what’s also rampant in the area is poverty – no good roads or clean, drinking water, and poor food supplies forcing residents to eat weed grown in the village ponds. We parked the car a kilometer or so before a bridge that connects…

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Girl Child, Kolkata, Sarada Ramkrishna (Sishu O Mahila) Sevashram, West Bengal, Widows, Women's Rights

How it began at Sarada Ramkrishna (Sishu O Mahila) Sevashram

The Late Tarani Chakraborthy, who was the founder and secretary of Sarada Ramakrishna Sevashram, was once upon a time the only educated woman in her village Morjada in South 24 Paraganas district, Kolkata. She belongs to a Bengali Brahmin family and her father used to work at the village temple. The early 60s was a…

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Healthcare, Kolkata, Rural Health Care Foundation, West Bengal

This organisation charges patients just Rs. 60 (Rs. 20 in urban areas) for a consultation, diagnosis and a week-long supply of medicine

My day at RHCF commenced with a visit to their center on Jyotish Roy Road in Kolkata, which is one of three urban centres that they run. This particular centre is situated on the edge of a slum, whose inhabitants cannot afford to pay for doctor’s appointments nor medicines. This center was set up in…

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