How Our Interventions Transform Lives
We provide a holistic education in a safe and nurturing environment by
thinking and reasoning
Informed life choices
towards position of girls in society
Creative Ek Tara Foundation
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Annam – The Community Kitchen
Music and Arts School
Chakke Pe Kaksha
Kolkata Municipal Corporation Schools
Conversations by Tara
Navreen comes from one of the most economically deprived families associated with Ek Tara. She lives with her parents and three younger brothers. Her parents recently moved to the suburbs as they could no longer afford to live in the Topsia slum. They currently live in a 110 sq ft room and use a common toilet that is shared with six other families.
Saba has been with Ek Tara since 2011 and is one of our oldest students. She lives with her parents and two younger siblings who also study at Ek Tara. They live in a 100 sq ft room which doubles up as a bedroom , a small kitchen and toilet. Her father is a slipper maker and her mother is a housewife.
Naheda has been with Ek Tara for seven years and is an inspiration to other young girls. She is one of our first students to have completed her graduation in B. Com honors from one of Kolkata’s most prestigious colleges, Shri Shikshayatan. Naheda completed her schooling from Khalsa High School.
Rukaiya grew up in a poor family in a small village in Bihar. When she was in class four she was forced to drop out of school in order to help her mother with household chores. Her parents married Rukaiya off at the age of 15, and she found herself living in a teeming slum in Kolkata. Nothing in her rural home prepared her for the challenges of urban squalor: lack of space, lack of access to regular water supply, and high cost of staple foods. Her husband earned an irregular income from working as a semi-skilled artisan in a small shoe factory.
Amid an environment of protracted poverty and obstacles, Mahenoor’s story epitomizes hope and resilience. Throughout her schooling, she could have given up in the face of several challenges, including her low socioeconomic status, pressure for her to marry and remain at home, and access to educational institutions. But Mahenoor responded with resilience. She aspires to become a chartered accountant, and is working hard to realize her dream. We were introduced to Mahenoor in 2006 when she was just six years old. With no formal education or experience of attending school, she had to start from scratch.
Since its inception Ek Tara has educated close to 2000 children.
- The high quality education model means that 95% students successfully transition from pre-primary to high school.
- Children moving from Ek Tara to other educational institutions continue to secure 1st division in their higher examinations.
- Girls have been sensitized about the need to be self-sufficient and there is a 70% increase in women seeking skill building opportunities.
- Change in mindset of parents towards girl’s education as demonstrated though various participation in their child’s development.
Our children took part in ‘Youthopia’ The Heritage School’s Annual Fest. ‘Youthopia’ is now one of the biggest and most awaited fests in…
Disappearing Dialogues have been awarded the prestigious Global Green Grants in collaboration with Ek Tara. The Global Greengrants…
Celebrating International Day of Yoga with our kids. We know yoga is an important source of exercise and connects our body, mind…