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Community Kitchen: Char Basti

Nutrition - Kolkata

Beside the railway line, near Park Circus railway crossing, Rifle Range Road, Ballygunge Park, Ballygunge


  • Migrants from outlying districts in search of work have settled along the railway line.

  • Alcoholism is rampant, with many of the unemployed men spending their time drinking while the women clean, cook and provide what they can for their families.

  • Men work mainly as daily wage labourers, van pullers and rag pickers. Women often work as maids or domestic help.

  • Children marry as young as 15 and often return home when the marriage fails.

Community Kitchen

  • Provides a warm, nutritious lunch for 120 children daily as most children are suffering from malnutrition.

  • Distributes living essentials, such as blankets and mosquito nets.

  • Arranges functions and celebrations of festivals for the children.

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