TWIN


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Tollygunge area



Dhobiatala area



Diamond Harbour area



Dhobiatala area



Diamond Harbour area



Tollygunge area



ANNUAL CULTURAL PROGRAMME 2015
Founded in 1995 by a dedicated couple from Belgium, Tollygunge Women In Need (TWIN) is a registered not for profit social organization working in Kolkata with the underprivileged women and their children – regardless of caste, religion, age or gender.

Our Mission
The goal of TWIN is to improve the social, economic and health situation of the destitute communities by means of prevention, education and income generation.

Our projects
TWIN has designed an effective holistic approach for achieving its sustainable development aims with:
  • An Education program
  • A Health care program
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Micro finance
  • A Handicraft workshop

Targeted communities
 We focus on three categories:
  • Slum children and their parents
  • Children engaged in child labour and their parents
  • Commercial sex workers and their children
TWIN concentrates its development activities in 3 localities:
Slums in Tollygunge
TWIN projects cover 6 slums in Tollygunge: Biswas Para, Hogla Para, Jhoro Basti, Masjid Para, Modartala and Mollahati. Under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Ward Nos. 93&94, of 2500 families. The number of families actively accessed by TWIN is about 600. The project which started in 1995 has 199 children and 294 women actively engaged in the project.

Slums in Dhobiatala
Dhobiatala is situated in New Tangra in KMC Ward No. 58. This area is a recycling ground of hazardous wastes. Children and women are engaged in battery breaking, sorting metal, rubber & plastic wastes as well as reclaiming lubricant & oil from wastes. The target group is child workers engaged in hazardous recycling work and their parents. 63 children and their parents take part in the programs.

Red-light areas in Diamond Harbour
In the District of South 24 Parganas under Diamond Harbour Municipal Ward Nos. 9 & 10 we work with the target group of commercial sex workers and their children. In 1998, TWIN started a trial project in the red-light area, with a group of 50 sex-workers and 70 of their children. At present, there are 137 children and 146 women in the projects.


Basic characteristics of the targeted communities:

  • Overcrowded & unhygienic settlements. People are deprived of civic amenities that they are supposed to receive from local authorities.
  • Inadequate access to safe water, sanitation and electricity.
  • People are mostly neglected and underprivileged. They are not protected with appropriate and social security schemes.
  • Constant fear of eviction.
  • People are mostly unorganized and have no time for collective development action because of their daily livelihood struggles.
  • Domestic violence concerns a lot of women and children.
  • Most of the men folk are addicted to alcohol /drug and are not at all concerned about their families.
  • Increasing number of unemployed youth and out of school children/adolescents having no definite plan for their future.
  • High risks of trafficking especially of children and adolescents.
  • Malnutrition
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