TRANSFORMING VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES THROUGH QUALITY EDUCATION & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Ek Tara is a registered Trust, working with marginalised and impoverished urban slum communities in Kolkata, to break cycles of patriarchy, make informed choices and live dignified lives.
What Ek Tara do
Holistic development: The curricula covered at Ek Tara is not restricted to just academics. There are a wide range of Co-Curricular Activities for children to support their overall growth.
Employment opportunities for mothers: To combat poverty and have a voice in the family - 60% of our staff are community members who have joined us as supervisors, project assistants, attendants, cooks and cleaners.
Facilitate school completion: Those who have dropped out of school or are at risk of doing so, are encouraged and given support to return to their studies, complete school and further their education. Every child in the system is motivated to finish college.
Empower women and children: All beneficiaries of Ek Tara are engaged and empowered by access to quality learning, information and opportunities and experiences.
Ek Tara Learning Centre: The Ek Tara Learning Centre (ELC):
Launched in 2021, the Ek Tara Learning Centre provides a safe and nurturing space for the education. ELC works with students in the Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC), the Primary and Middle school and the School Support project—providing tailored academic interventions and co-curricular support, to ensure the holistic development of each learner.
Reaching out to close 1,100 students and an additional 2,000 students through the Ek Tara Resource Centre in the year 2023-2024, the ELC also now houses the Tomorrowland Foundation Music and Arts School (TLFMAS). TLFMAS will reach out to 1,000 children in the year 2023-2024 with facilities for arts, music, dance, photography and theatre. ELC has well-equipped classrooms, digital teaching tools, an integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Laboratory, a Computer Laboratory and Story Hub, the library.
We also focus on building capacities of families of the children and women it works with. Under the Child Welfare and Parental Engagement (CWPE) vertical the wellbeing of each child is prioritized extending beyond the classroom.
Ek Tara Community Centre:
The Ek Tara Community Centre is a 10,000 sq ft facility, dedicated to programmes that champion the economic empowerment and social mobility of women.
The programmes include vocational training, income generation for women and creation of resources that help further Ek Tara’s mission.
The Community Center is home to "Annam", a community kitchen that provides fresh vegetarian, nutritionally balanced meals and snacks to over 1,200 children and staff at Ek Tara. The kitchen also sells subsidized meals to factories and other businesses around the area.
The space also houses “Ek Tara Creates”, a social enterprise working with women from vulnerable backgrounds to deliver customised large scale tailoring services. The enterprise engages over 35 women to produce a wide variety of personal and home accessories. Products are sold both online and physically through retail partners and exhibitions across India.
Registered UK charity Prospero World is delighted to support Ek Tara's work through its fiscal sponsorship programme, and to receive tax efficient donations from UK donors on their behalf.