NEW SCHOOL AT LAST Posted February 18, 2019 by admin

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After four frustrating years of searching, Calcutta Rescue has finally managed to buy a building to convert into a new school. The two-story premises in Iswar Mills Lane in North Kolkata has been a private house for 150 years and its 16 rooms were added-on piecemeal over that time. But, once it is refurbished, it will provide an uplifting and safe environment for the 350 pupils currently at No 10 School to learn and grow. Until now they have been using a former brothel that is dark, overcrowded and on the edge of a red-light district. The new school is double the size, has several outdoor spaces where the children can play, and is in a safe area near several other schools. And it even has a mango tree in the courtyard! An architect has been appointed and is working with the teachers (who have just won a major award for providing the most caring school in West Bengal) to draw up plans to convert the house into a school. This will involve the removal of several walls, installing new toilets, putting in a water tank, a new staircase, rewiring, replumbing, redecorating… The aim is to have the school ready to open by next summer. There is a lot to do before then – including raising the money needed to fund the conversion work. In keeping with CR’s philosophy of ensuring donors precious money goes as far as possible, this is going to be a no-frills building project which is estimated to cost around $130,000. CR’s chief executive, Jaydeep Chakraborty, urged the charity’s supporters to back this exciting initiative saying: “The renovation of this school is critical to improving learning outcomes for our children, providing them with opportunity and lifting them out of poverty.”