Calcutta Rescue is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established in 1979 operating in Kolkata and nearby West Bengal India for nearly four decades. We serve the socially and economically disadvantaged people of the region regardless of gender, age, caste or religion.
Calcutta Rescue’s Handicrafts Project started with an intention for patients to make clothes for other patients. From that small beginning, it developed into a more diverse undertaking and has now become a stand-along project in its own right that is Fair Trade accredited and sells fair trade handicraft products around the world. Presently we are making more than 100 hand embroidery items & we are specialized on these. The project still has a cooperative feel to it, with producers being former patients from CR clinics (e.g. cured leprosy and tuberculosis patients) and boys and girls who have dropped out of mainstream school, and produces clothes and school uniforms for other CR projects. Not only does the project produce high quality goods, it also trains and offers a decent livelihood to people whose employment opportunities are otherwise very limited. Recycled materials and silk produced in Malda, where CR works to eliminate arsenic from drinking water, also feature significantly in the Handicrafts project.