Mamoon Akhtar

Mamoon Akhtar, 40, lives in the slum of Tikiapara Howrah, India, working as a librarian in a small school on a meagre salary. With a vision of giving a better future to underprivileged children of all the communities in the slum, he started the small charity named Samaritan Help Mission. With all his life savings he built a small school on a 600 sq ft parcel of land that his father had donated.

With only six children attending in 1999, it has now grown to include more than 2500 children who participate in school as well as other activities designated for the empowerment of children and deprived girls and women.


  • 928 underprivileged children getting quality formal English education per year at Samaritan Mission School

  • 1647 underprivileged children getting quality formal English education at Rebecca Belilious English Institute

  • 400 adolescent girls and women are getting skill development training per year

  • More than 58400 poor community people getting primary healthcare per year through PHC

  • Near about 46000 poor people getting primary healthcare through Mobile Medical Units

  • More than 3500 women has been included under the Financial Inclusion Program

The NGO has been appraised and funded by prominent corporates like Tata Steel, Cognizant and Edelweiss. Mamoon Akhtar, the driving force behind the organization, was recognized with the ‘Amazing Indian’ Award by Times Now in 2013. The NGO is well respected for its culture of austerity.