Calcutta Rescue has completed the purchase of the building, next to the ancestral home of world renowned physicist, Prof. Satyen Bose, to convert into a new school.
The two-storey building in Iswar Mills Lane in North Kolkata has been a private home for 150 years, and its 16 rooms were added on a piecemeal basis over that time. But, once refurbished, it will provide an uplifting and safe environment for the 350 pupils that are currently at a very undesirable location. .
The current location is a former brothel that is dark, overcrowded and on the edge of a red-light district in Kolkata. The new school is double the size, and has several outdoor spaces where the children can play. It is in a safe area next to the Scottish Church School. An architect has been appointed and he is working with the teachers and Calcutta Rescue’s Governing Council.
The plans for conversion involve removal of several walls, installation of new toilets and water tank, rewiring, re-plumbing, re-decorating, etc. The aim is to have the school open by the end of 2019.
In keeping with Calcutta Rescue’s philosophy of ensuring that donation money is spent prudently, it will be a no-frills building project, which is estimated to cost around $125,000. Calcutta Rescue’s chief executive, Jaydeep Chakraborty, urged the donors and supporters to back this exciting initiative saying: “The renovation of this school is critical to improving the learning outcomes for our children, providing them with opportunity and lifting them out of poverty.”