Calcutta Connect is an organisation, founded in 2010 by past pupils of Coláiste Éanna CBS, a secondary school in South Dublin. Our committee is made up of previous participants in the school’s India Immersion Project. Since 2002 our members have come into contact with a number of educational projects in some of the most underprivileged areas of the city and Calcutta Connect was formed with a view to providing ongoing support for these projects.
What We Support
Since our foundation we one of our greatest selling points to our supporters has been that 100% of all donations we receive go directly towards the projects we support in Calcutta. As we have grown we have been proud to operate a 100% model which means that 100% of public donations we receive go directly towards the projects we support and any administrative expenses incurred (including the salary of our CEO) are met by separate funding, generously provided by a private patron. In short this means that every cent we receive in donations goes straight towards our projects in Calcutta.
All children and young adults no matter what their background in Calcutta and the surrounding districts of West Bengal have the opportunity to reach their full potential through education or vocational training and make better lives for themselves and their families.
To work in partnership with local organisations to provide education, vocational training and necessary support systems to children and young adults to make a better future for themselves and their families.
Our Values and Principles
We strongly believe in working with local organisations is the best way to address the problems faced in underprivileged communities. Our combined efforts and cooperation represent the best approach to dealing with issues faced in our communities.
Wherever we work we ensure that the cultural sensitivities are respected by ourselves and our partners and we shall not discriminate in educating any child based on their race, caste or religion.
We believe in being completely open about the way in which we operate and clear about where all funds raised are used and being accountable to all beneficiaries, members, partners and the public.
We see education as the key factor in allowing children and young adults from underprivileged communities make brighter futures for themselves.
The world is an ever changing place and we believe we must always open to new ideas and methods to further enhance our work.
In our work we strive to operate in a professional and honest manner and adhere to the best working practices so those we serve will be protected.
To work closely with the communities we serve and regularly consult with them and all our stakeholders to ensure maximum impact of our programmes. We understand the vulnerable nature of many of the children and their families and will ensure their welfare is protected.
We believe that the best interests of the children and young adults we serve should be at the centre of all the work we do. All child protection policies will be closely followed by members of our staff with the utmost sincerity and care. Each child who we support will be given every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Empowerment of Women and Girls
We recognise the greater difficulties faced by girls in completing and attaining an education. Through our work we will endeavor to assist girls in every way possible to complete their education