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About us

Organization Details

What we do ?

Kolkata Initiatives at its core is a group of partner organisations who are dedicated to minimising the marginalisation of the urban poor. We, who are part of this project are either directly connected to Kolkata where we live and work or emotionally attached to it for what it signifies to us. Our partners have been working with the marginalised communities of Kolkata for over a decade...

Our project

As a part of Kolkata Initiatives we have already begun community assessment through regular conversations with the elderly. We have carried out a formal and detailed community assessment which has covered a large demographic. From the knowledge and information we have already acquired we wanted to begin by opening a drop in centre which the elderly can access for various services and activities...

Support us

If you want to get involved in our initiative you can provide us support in any one or more of these ways..

​Who are we ?

Kolkata is a city which leaves her impress on anyone who has ever been associated with her. One can call it home, or a stop in a journey or even a distant dreamland. The City of Joy builds its roots in the hearts of those who are both far and near her. Yet our city has 22% of its urban population living below poverty line with an average per capita income of Rs 27 (2011 Census). The population of slum dwellers in Kolkata is the second highest among all metros with 33% living in slums (Report of the Committee on Slum Census, 2011). We at Kolkata Initiatives are striving to decrease the gap between the urban rich and poor in Kolkata. To this end we welcome contributions from all those who feel connected to Kolkata whether it is in body or spirit, irrespective of where they are.

Our partner organizations have been working with the slum dwellers and homeless population, especially women and adolescents for almost two decades. They have realized that among those living at the margins of our city adolescent girls and the old are most at risk. Only 11.57% of women in the urban areas of West Bengal are a part of the work force and a meager 12.5% of the organized sector is women. The primary reason is the high dropout rate among adolescent girls. The average enrolment rate in West Bengal was 54.5% from 2008-09 irrespective of sex. Our aim is to open a centre for adolescent girls in our areas of work so that they can find a space to express themselves and be motivated to pursue their dreams. We also plan to create a drop in centre for the old to provide them with a place for forming a community and avail technological and health facilities. 67.6% of senior citizens in Kolkata are illiterate (HelpAge India 2014 Report). Among all the cities in the study Kolkata had the largest population living alone due to lack of support from children (53.8%). Only 11.8% have community support. We believe that the centre will give them a support system to depend on.

We invite all those who want to lend to our efforts whether it be through working with us or donating to our projects. Our dream at Kolkata Initiatives is to form a network of responsible Kolkatans for a better Kolkata. Kolkata Initiatives is an initiative by Centre for Health and Social Justice, New Delhi. Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) is a national civil society resource organisation working on policy issues related to social justice perspective oriented governance and accountability primarily in the domains of health justice and gender justice. CHSJ focuses on networking, capacity building, research and evidence based advocacy as primary strategies in its work which is grounded in 10 states on different themes. CHSJ seeks to strengthen governance and accountability in public health and gender justice through technical support, research, and policy advocacy. It is registered as a Charitable Trust with headquarters in New Delhi and field interventions in more than 10 states of India. Community action for Health rights, reproductive and sexual health rights, masculinities and gender form the predominant themes of CHSJ’s intervention at present.​