On Wednesday 26th April Tiljala SHED was honoured to welcome US Consul General Craig Hall and Mrs Meeryung Hall to inaugurate our new Beauty Training Salon. Other guests of honour included Mr Imran Zaki and actress Tanushree Chakraborty. This new training skills centre will provide 60 destitute and unemployed girls from the slums and squatter camps with the skills and qualifications to earn a living. Our chief guest congratulated Tiljala SHED on all the good work it does to empower Kolkata’s most vulnerable people. He stressed the importance of empowering women and how skills training enables a girl to support herself and her family. He endorsed Shafkat Alam’s assertion that economic independence earns a woman respect in a marriage and reduces violence.
The girls were delighted to meet the guests of honour and to present them with gifts of flowers.
The training and the certification is sponsored by Godrej as are all the consumables required for the training programme. Funds are still needed to cover the annual running costs.
Shafkat Alam reports “Thank you so much Craig Hall and Meeryung Hall for your valuable time. Yesterday was a red letter day for Tiljala shed. Craig and Meeryung inaugurated our new Beauty Training & Empowerment Centre for Girls at Tiljala-The first of its kind in this area. The certification is done by Godrej. Our girls welcomed him with showering flower petals. With lighting the lamp and cutting the ribbon they unveiled the new beauty training salon. They they visited the library for girls and had a wonderful time. Our girls performed guitar, songs, dangal dance and the program ended with Meeryung singing for the children. Thank you Anmesha Sharma for coordinating. Thank you everybody for their support.”
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On 16th April 2017 Tiljala SHED was privileged to be one of the 15 NGOs chosen to exhibit at the prestigious philanthropic Kolkata Gives event at the Park Plaza Hotel. For the 4th year running a group of Kolkata-based philanthropists have provided a forum to bring together credible NGOs and potential donors. The brainchild of Mudar Patherya, journalist and social activist, Kolkata Gives, also works throughout the year providing capacity building support to NGOs through workshops and other programmes. Tiljala SHED is the only NGO exhibiting this year to have been selected for three consecutive years and is proud and delighted to be able to show our work and share our stories.
Mudar Patherya writes: Kolkata Gives was started in 2013 with a simple objective: connect prospective donors with willing NGOs. Because willing donors often did not know of credible NGOs- and vice versa. In so doing, Kolkata Gives did not merely connect the haves with the have-nots. It championed the cause of generosity.
We had a great day and made dozens of new connections. We are especially delighted that so many visitors to our stand want to visit our projects. We are looking forward to welcoming them.
The projects showcased by Tiljala SHED at Kolkata Gives: