For the last 30 years and with your support, TCF has been able to sustain the services it provides to the needy both in Kolkata and here in Toronto focused to improve the quality of life of children and women. TCF is very proud that these activities are delivered with very little administrative cost. This is possible because dedicated volunteers are giving their valuable time and efforts to TCF. Our activities span three areas: Basic health care clinics and camps in remote villages, Primary and secondary education to needy children, Vocational training for low income women.
Medical field clinics: Visiting weekly medical clinics are held in 5 places in Kolkata –Raghabpur, Boral, Gangrai, Ghutiari Sharif, and Bade Hooghly that checked between 800 to 1000 patients per month on an average. The field clinics involve 5 doctors plus field staff.
Toronto Heart Health Fare: TCF sponsors this fare where cardiologists and other social workers educate the local citizens on how to maintain healthy hearts by proper diet, weight control, exercise and other preventative methods.
Eye and thalasemia camps: 1 ophthalmologist, 3 optometrists and TCF staff and our partners held 22 camps that benefited 3600 patients. Serum Thalassemia Prevention Federation assisted TCF in this endeavor in some of the camps.3000 pairs of glasses were distributed free of cost.
Two elementary & one pre-prinmary schools: in Jhorkhali, Sundarbans (130 students) and Boral (180 students), run between 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday to Friday. In addition, one pre-primary school in Ghutiari Sharif where TCF provides education and free breakfasts to some 85 students. Program also includes monthly health check-ups for students plus school uniforms.
After-school coaching classes for high school students: At Habra, a suburb of Kolkata, our Uddipan program conducts after school coaching classes for 80 students in class 9, 10, 11 and 12 (Total 80 students) from financially disadvantaged family. The objective is to get them ready for the mandatory college/university entrance examination which is traditionally excelled by students from high income families.
School Infrastructure Upgrades: TCF contributed to two schools for classroom, washroom and library upgrades, construction of additional class rooms, desks for students and providing access to clean drinking water. In one school, it supplements teachers’ salary to attract and retain more dedicated teachers.
Toronto partnership with Womens’ Habitat: TCF contributes to teach social and leadership skills to some 15 students from the low income new immigrant single mother families. The program is operated by Women’s Habitat through their South Islington facility.
Dr. R.N. Bhaduri Memorial Health Centre in Naktala: Regular medical staff includes 4 doctors who work by rotation 2-3 hours a day along with one nursing aid. This building serves as the administrative office for the Calcutta operation.
Basic literacy and needle work skills: Uttaran, a tailoring school for women with 2 junior teachers and 2 senior teachers currently trains 30 students 5 days a week. The trainees are cutting clothes, stitching and making the finished products. The quality of work has improved greatly. They are preparing school uniforms, vests and variety of other saleable products. Training quality is certified through accreditation by a renowned tailoring school using class room teaching and final examination.
Nurse Assistant Program: Ramakrishna Sarada Mission trains 20 young girls each year in this one-year program where they are trained in the Sarada Mission hospital. After certification, the graduates are employed in nursing homes and field health centers. These young girls all are selected from low income families in the villages and without this program would face human trafficking to sex trades. We donated substantial amount of money to set up class rooms, to buy medical equipments and books. Additionally, TCF sponsors at least one student for this one year program
TCF Calcutta organization and budget: The Calcutta operation has 17 staff (5 full time including a program manager); there is a voluntary board of directors who manage all programs; operation is visited by Toronto members; a donated house in Naktala serves as the central office. The TCF budget currently is about $60,000 per annum with ever increasing calls from the field for more funds.
We appeal for your continued support and thank you again for the trust that you have shown in TCF.