Garden Reach Slum Development (GRSD) was established to empower the community with interventions in health, education, skill development and economic regeneration.
GRSD operates in the rural areas as well as the slums of urban Kolkata. GRSD has undertaken the following programmes during FY2014:
Education: Under this wing, GRSD has launched nine different projects to educate every child irrespective of its caste, creed, sex or physical as well as mental condition. Elementary education and training in different vocations are provided to children belonging to lower income groups. GRSD has trained 150 children in 2013 under its computer education project and 200 students were enrolled in 2014.
Home for Destitute Women: With the help of the Government, GRSD runs Aasra, a home for destitute women in Usti in West-Bengal under the SWADHAR scheme. Women belonging to the age group 18-45 are admitted in this home and currently 30 women reside here. Girls between the ages of 7-20 are placed in another home in Metia bruz branch of GRSD.
Vocational Training: A one month course was conducted in Jewellery designing with the help of Sindhar Gems & Jewellery (India) Pvt. Ltd. 65 young boys and girls took part in this program.
Health: Volunteers at GRSD reach out to slum dwellers and the most neglected communities to provide basic healthcare services. The organisation started Community Health Care Centre (CHCC) and 24-hour free ambulance service for marginalized families. Several medical camps and awareness drives were conducted throughout the year. Small clinics were set up across multiple locations for easy reach.
Women Empowerment: In 1999, GRSD introduced the concept of Self-Help Groups for women with an aim to improve their financial position, shape their money managing skills which would result in boosting their confidence. Besides this, women are trained in various technical as well as non-technical skills so that they can become self-reliant. Campaigns on legal rights of women and adult education are held regularly.
Emergency Relief: GRSD plays an active role in collecting and distributing essentials/emergency relief materials after any natural calamity or whenever the need arises.
Income Rs1 cr
Expense Rs1 cr
Source : Audit Report 2014
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