Kolkata Unit

Location:Hamara Ghar, 37 Pottery Road, Kolkata -15, West Bengal, India.

Tel. +91 (0) 33-2329-8041/1098

Email: cinikolkata@cinindia.org

Year of establishment:1989

Total number of staff:130

Area coverage:Slum pockets in eleven wards in Central Kolkata, and fringes of East Kolkata-Borough VII and two wards of Borough VI

Population served:400,000 population with integrated interventions in child protection, education, health and nutrition

Overall objectives: The Kolkata Unit initiated its activities in 1989 to serve urban deprived children and help them fulfil their rights to health, nutrition, education and protection. Services include Shelter Homes, Transit Homes for boys linked to the 1098 Childline Programme (a national toll free telephone number for children in distress), Udaan and Uttaran Drop-in Centres, Night Shelters at Sealdah Railway Station and Open Shelter.

Through 100 Coaching Centres located in slum areas across 11 municipal wards of Kolkata as well as in government schools, we provide accelerated learning and back-up support for newly enrolled children towards school retention.

Over the last 22 years, we have been running crèche and coaching centres to take care of children in the age group 6 months to 3 years. Support continues further from 1st standard to graduation level.  In Kolkata’s Rambagan red light area, 500 children are being assisted through such programmes. Over the same time period, we have also been active at Sealdah Railway Station, where we offer two 24×7 Drop- in-Centres and Night Shelters, open shelters for under 18 boys at a location provided by the railway authorities.  Children involved in all of our projects are provided with informal educational support, counselling, play and recreation opportunities, as well as therapeutic and creative services (music, dance, judo, karate, arts and crafts, and dance movement therapy).

CINI Kolkata Unit strives to raise awareness among families and communities on issues relating to child protection. It works to develop safety nets in the community to prevent all forms of violence against children.  As much as possible, protective measures are matched with education support, especially in slum and squatter colonies where families may find it difficult to adequately assist their children when they go to school. CINI Kolkata Unit refrains from running schools of its own. It rather seeks to partner government’s efforts to achieve universal quality education in the framework of the Right to Education Bill 2009.  It teams with government schools active in the community to strengthen enrolment and retention, by offering bridge courses and remedial education support to retain first generation learners and other deprived children in the formal school system and prevent child labour.  Only to serve extremely deprived children lacking family and community support, we are running a residential school in collaboration with Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM) Kolkata, presently catering to 100 children.

Over the past year, CINI Kolkata Unit has served more than 25,000 population in the spheres of child protection and education, with both rehabilitative and preventive interventions.

Education for Deprived Urban Children: Achievements over the past one-year programme period

  • 4,500 children presently attend our education centres
  • 18,000 more receive indirect assistance. These are siblings joining our education centres; school teachers and personnel receiving training; parents, community members and NGOs partnering in our efforts. We have started a residential school for 100 disadvantaged urban   children in partnership with Sarva Shisha Mission Kolkata
  • In total, 20,000 out-of-school children have been provided bridge education and have been mainstreamed into formal schools

Need-based coaching support has been extended to help students cope with the school curriculum. Children are retained in school and assisted in the learning process by strengthening linkages with government school schemes, such as the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) and Sarva Shiksha Mission (SSM). Residential education support has been provided according to government norms as set by SSM. Hearing impaired children and youth are being supported through communication, education and skill development training.

Child Protection:

  • CHILDLINE Kolkata run by CINI Kolkata Unit has received about 100,000 calls, has intervened to assist 2,000 children and provided shelter to 1,370 children. In total, 1,268 rescued children have been restored in their family of origin. CINI Kolkata Unit, through CHILDLINE Kolkata, has prevented 75 child marriages, removed 21 child labourers from the workplace, and rescued 17 sexually abused and 93 trafficked children.
  • We have started a Kolkata Open Shelter for urban deprived boys in partnership with the Dept. of Vagrancy, Government of West Bengal
  • A total of 30,000 children have been reached with different child protection programmes (20,000 through direct intervention and 10,000 benefitting indirectly)

CINI Urban Health Programmes

CINI Kolkata Unit works to improve maternal and child health and fight malnutrition in slum areas of Kolkata. Presently, we serve over a 400,000 population in Boroughs VI and VII with mother and child health (MCH) programmes, catering also to 93,000 population with interventions aimed to fight child malnutrition across 11 wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. We further work in the area of Early Childhood Stimulation (ECS) to ensure early care and achievement of developmental milestones in conditions where providing adequate child care may be a challenge to poor families. Currently 180 children are served by our ECS programme. We also develop information, education and communication materials to enhance knowledge on health and nutrition issues that are specific to urban settings.

Name of person in charge:Dr. Swati Chakraborty, Assistant Director.

Dr. Chakraborty is a social development professional having 16 years exposure in leading National and International Developmental Agencies. Prior to joining CINI, she was working as a Consultant – Child Protection in Tomorrow’s Foundation. She was also a visiting Faculty of IISWBM, Kolkata.