WHEN is proud to be the official US support group for Calcutta Rescue (CR) - **all WHEN donations unless otherwise specified go to CR. CR is a medical and educational charity in Kolkata, India that was established in 1979 by Dr. Jack Preger. Dr. Preger was born in the UK and came here after graduating medical school, opening up a free street clinic for the poorest and most needy people living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata. CR began as a simple street clinic under a tarp roof in the poorest neighborhood of Kolkata but it has grown into a million-dollar per year non-profit healthcare system.
Health Care Services
CR’s operations have expanded to provide primary and preventative healthcare to over 50,000 people per year, including vaccinations, vitamin supplementation, and health education. They have clinics for leprosy, TB, HIV, pre- and post-natal care, and special feeding programs for malnourished children. Learn more about CR’s healthcare initiatives.
CR runs two schools with almost 500 children from the slums and streets. Students receive books, clothes, nutritious meals, and in-school medical and dental care. A graduate of CR’s school is currently applying to medical school and another is applying to law school. Other poor children attending public schools are supported with books, clothing, and food. Graduates of CR schools are often offered vocational training in their workshops.
Safe Drinking Water Program
Additional LinksVIDEOS: Learn more about Calcutta Rescue by watching these short documentary videos.