Handicrafts Project

The handicrafts project has its origins at Calcutta Rescue’s first project – the street clinic on Middleton Row. The sewing teacher from Calcutta Rescue’s school was brought in to train former patients how to make clothes. Before long, these former patients were producing clothes for the clinic’s existing patients and earning a wage that helped them to support themselves and their families. This was vital employment for people whose opportunities for work were otherwise severely limited owing to illness.

Over the year volunteers taught children from the Calcutta Rescue School to make small handicraft items like; key rings, bookmarks and cards – that gave the children valuable vocational skills and helped to expand the project. Not only did this generate employment and income for people who would otherwise have found it very difficult to find safe work, it also helped raise funds for Calcutta Rescue’s services.

What began as a peripheral clinic activity has developed today into a vibrant, stand – alone project. "The handicrafts project has formal Fair Trade Forum India accreditation and its products are sold in India and abroad".        

It has a workshop in the Sova Bazaar area of North Kolkata. Staff members are former patients – widows and women who have been deserted by their husbands and students who have dropped out of school. They are learning new skills and are continuously improving on those that they have learned. At the same time, they are earning valuable income for themselves and their families.

The Handicrafts project right now has 35 trainees, in addition 12 regular daily staffs. Some of the popular items those handicraft project produces like - hnd emboroidered key rings, cards, various bags, cushion covers, paper carry bags, kantha stitched items, water hyacinth paper & recycled items, kitchen items, dolls, fashion ornaments and many other quality products more than 100 varieties and also make cloths for the patients and students at Calcutta Rescue's Clinics and Schools.

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