The roots of Calcutta Connect lie in the Coláiste Éanna India Immersion Project and to this day we enjoy great ties with the school, which has become one of our most important long term supporters. Established in 2001 and still continuing bi-annually the India Immersion Project sends pupils from Coláiste Éanna to Calcutta to volunteer in the city with a number of organisations and to immerse themselves in Indian culture. As part of their visit, the pupils now spend time volunteering in our centres getting to know our students, staff and the areas in which our centres are located. It gives us great pleasure to welcome the group from the school every second year and to share with them the continued progress in our work.
In late 2015 it was our great honour to be selected as Realex Payments’ charity of the year for 2016, under their newly lunched Realex Giving initiative. With the significant assistance we have received from them we have been able to take on the funding of the Bhubeneswari Free Primary School located in the remote Sundarban region 120km south of Calcutta, as well as continuing to improve our three city centres.
It was also a huge pleasure for us to host a group of employees from Realex Payments in February 2016, all of whom spent a week with us visiting our projects, making friends with our students and gaining a greater understanding of the work we do.