Calcutta Rescue Fund

About us

Calcutta Rescue Fund is a UK-registered charity which supports the work of Calcutta Rescue  – a pioneering Indian-registered charity working to improve the lives of the poorest people in and around Kolkata.

Our work

Calcutta Rescue Fund raises funds and supports the work of Calcutta Rescue – providing free healthcare, education, vocational training,  and sanitation so that families and whole communities have a chance to lift themselves out of poverty.

Calcutta Rescue reaches 17,000 people a year.

Why we are needed

Although India’s economy is growing fast it is still home to a quarter of the world’s poorest people. It is estimated that a third of Kolkata’s residents live in slums.

The provision of government services is improving, but major gaps remain, particularly for the very poor. We focus on filing these gaps in an integrated and cost-effective way, based on our award-winning experience built up over more than 40 years.

How we began

Calcutta Rescue was set up by Dr Jack Preger, the pioneer of street medicine, who devoted his life to assisting people living in dire poverty in the city’s slums. UK volunteers who worked with Doctor Jack subsequently set up Calcutta Rescue Fund to support Calcutta Rescue.

Find out more about our trustees here.