Tiljala Shed

Tiljala Shed is a grassroots level non government developmental organization working for the underprivileged population for the past 29 years. Special emphasis is focused on the rag pickers community who have been neglected and socially ostracized by the so called civil society over the years. Rag Pickers can be traced back long time ago. They have been collecting the garbage and make a living out of the garbage dumped. Their professions have never been recognized and the governments have not been able to address their key issues for their survival. They have been practically living along the railway lines or the canal side squatters and with no toilet or drinking water facility. Tiljala Shed has been working very closely with this community for the overall development and to up lift and bring them into mainstream society.

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.

Calcutta Social Project

The inception of CSP work in Kolkata slums began in 1969. The Founder, Mrs. Kalyani Karlekar, having retired from the West Bengal Education Service, started distributing re-conditioned powdered milk obtained as a gift from the Indian Red Cross Society, to children in the slums of Manoharpukur, Panditia and Garcha areas in South Calcutta.Subsequently, she obtained milk under the Special Child Nutrition Program (SCNP) from the Government of West Bengal and continued the work with some socially committed persons under the umbrella of what was called “Rashbehari Social Project”, named after the road on which her house stood. Socialization, self-expression and personality development are guiding principles of CSP work as it reaches beyond the catchments of the city’s formal school system to serve the young who are excluded. CSP educational programs cover primary schooling, non-formal schooling and remedial & education support thereof up to middle and secondary schooling.

Access to education is the most tenuous among Kolkata’s more than a million strong street dwelling populations. CSP Street Education Centers are learning ambience and family helpline rolled in one – providing the children and their families with the underpinning of a cared for childhood.

Parivaar Education Society

Parivaar means “Family.” At Parivaar, we believe each child is a unique and special addition to our ever-growing family. Our approach to care and development is holistic: a combination of love, community, responsibility, education, service and fun. The kids at Parivaar are not treated as charity or as clients, just as the care givers and teachers are not treated as employees. Everyone is part of the Parivaar family. When we invest in the life of a child at Parivaar, we are investing in her future, her family’s future, and the future of India.

Parivaar was started by Vinayak Lohani (an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and IIM Calcutta), who, inspired by spiritual and humanistic ideals of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, decided to devote his entire life for serving ‘Divine in Man’ as taught by Swami Vivekananda. Vinayak Lohani gave up the prospect of highly lucrative corporate career by not taking any placement from IIM. Immediately after passing out of IIM in 2003, with just 3 children in a small rented building with almost no financial resources, he started Parivaar.