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Project information

Transforming a house into a school

We want to transform a large old house in Kolkata, India, into a school for 350 children from the slums.
We want to make it a safe, attractive and uplifting environment in which they can learn and play to help give them the best possible start in life.

November 2018 - November 2019

Charity information: Calcutta Rescue Fund

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  • Need


    Calcutta Rescue's No 10 school is dark, cramped and in the middle of a red-light district in North Kolkata. The charity has just purchased a 16-room house to replace it in a nearby district.
    This will provide much more space, including a courtyard where the children can play outside. But before the school can open the building needs to be refurbished and equipped.


    This campaign will raise the money needed to help refurbish the school prior to it opening at the end of 2019.
    The refurbishment will ensure that the school environment is safe, attractive, and functional. Being in a bright, clean school will boost the morale of children who live in the most difficult conditions.
    It will provide the best possible environment in which children and teachers can fulfill their potential.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To refurbish Calcutta Rescue's new school before it opens in 2019


    » Create appropriate toilet facilities
    » Carry out limited internal restructuring.
    » Painting the whole school internally and externally. Classroom painting to include a decorative element.
    » Providing furniture - tables, benches, blackboards, white boards and cupboards

    What success will look like

    The school will be a bright, safe, functional environment, with appropriate furniture. This will be demonstrable via photos and site visits by trustees in 2019.

  • Impact


    The refurbishment of the school will provide an uplifting and safe environment for 350 children from the slums for many years to come, and for the teachers who work with them.
    This should have a positive impact on their learning, self-confidence and behaviour - which should, in turn, have a measurable positive effect on their grades and outcomes.


    The project may cost more than £15,000. If so then we will hold events in the first half of 2019 to make up the shortfall.
    It is dependent on major restructuring works being done first - demolition and remodelling of outbuildings and staircases - funded by our Swiss and German support groups.
    The project could overrun. The charity will draw up a schedule with its architect to ensure that the work is completed by November 2019.


    In addition to updates on the project on our website and social media we will inform donors when the work starts and send them photographs, and then send a report and photographs, along with feedback from staff and youngsters when the refurbishment is complete.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,100 toilets Creating appropriate toilet facilities for boys and girls
      £4,700 internal restucturing Remove walls and erect partitions to create appropriate-sized classrooms
      £3,900 Painting Internal and external painting. Artistic element in classrooms
      £3,300 Furniture purchase benches, tables, blackboards, whiteboards, and cupboards
  • Background


    The new school is located in the North of Kolkata, India, in a district called Hedua.
    This is in a part of the city where there are many big slums full of very poor people and where the charity's work has been concentrated for more than 30 years.
    It is only a mile or so from the charity's No 10 School in Sonagachi, the city's most notorious red-light district, but is a safer and more appropriate setting for a school and pupils will be able to get there easily.


    Over 350 youngsters living in surrounding slums.
    The school's pre-school section will prepare children aged 4-6 for entry into formal schools.
    Once they have been admitted to a formal school it then becomes a learning centre for them where they come to do homework, get extra tuition and participate in extra curricular activities, as well as daily food, medical care and other support.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Calcutta Rescue has worked with the poorest of the poor in North Kolkata for over 30 years.
    For most of that time it has provided free education for youngsters who would otherwise never have had a chance to go to school. It currently runs two schools and is supporting the education of over 600 children.
    The charity has an outstanding record of providing low-cost, appropriate support for those in greatest need and in August 2018 won the Telegraph of India's School that Cares award.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jaydeep Chakraborty

    Jaydeep is the chief executive of Calcutta Rescue and he will have overall responsibility for delivering this project

    Ananya Chatterjee

    Head of education at the charity, Ananya will ensure the project meets the needs of her children and teachers

"My son is 3 years old and goes to a bright, spacious pre-school. I long for the same environment for Calcutta Rescue's children. The renovation of this school is critical to improving learning outcomes for our children, providing them with opportunity and lifting them out of poverty."

Jaydeep Chakraborty, CEO Calcutta Rescue