Some of Calcutta Rescue’s patients and ex-schoolchildren struggle to make a living due to disability, illiteracy, or lack of skills and confidence.
Calcutta Rescue’s Fairtrade handicraft project provides employment for these people, supporting beneficiaries to learn skills and sell their handiwork through the Calcutta Rescue Shop. This helps them to earn the money they need to support themselves and their families and the dignity that comes with work.
The project produces a wide-range of attractive products using a variety of traditional crafts and materials – from up-cycled silk saris to water hyacinth bags. Designers from Europe come to Kolkata to work with the team, training them in new skills and developing new products that are on trend.
Calcutta Rescue has recently launched several new vocational training projects, helping our beneficiaries to make a living in a range of skilled jobs.