Category: Testimonials

Tunde Csepelyi

Tunde, PhD, Teacher in Reno, Nevada, USA
I had the privilege of working with Tiljala SHED in June, 2018. I experienced firsthand the remarkable work they are doing in Kolkata. Education, women empowerment, and work training for girls are only a few examples of their work. The enthusiasm of the staff is as it must have been in their first year as an NGO. Parveen and Sufia in the office not only explained the projects, but also introduced me to beneficiaries in the community. I also had the pleasure of working with the staff and the children in the library. Shazia and Anjum as well as Teacher Chanchal and other teachers take care of the needs of more than 30 boys daily and hundreds more monthly. In Topsia, I was impressed by the teachers who every day teach 34 or more students from the ages of 5 to 12 Hindi, English, and math using one tiny blackboard and her engaging teaching style. I wish I could have spent more time with all of them, from the willing students to the wonderful teachers and the excellent office personnel.

Emily Morin

Emily-Business Professional
During my 2 ½ weeks with Tiljala SHED, I was working closely with the volunteers and the Corporate Liaison Manager, Shafkat, on many strategic initiatives within the organization. My tasks included many things, from IT, working on reports, questionnaires, performing interviews & writing success stories for the women empowerment program, and spending days in the field working with the women and children in the slums. Read More

Maria Faßnacht, diocese of Speyer, Germany

Maria Faßnacht, diocese of Speyer, Germany,
Chairperson of Catholic Council.

In November 2011, I travelled with a small delegation of the diocese of Speyer in Germany, to Calcutta in India. This trip took place in advance of the Lenten campaign of the Catholic relief organization “Misereor” which
was nationally launched in Speyer, in February 2012. The delegation included the Auxiliary Bishop of our diocese, full-time staff and volunteer people who are committed to global justice, and journalists. I participated in an honorary capacity as chairperson of the Catholic Council, the highest body of laity in our diocese. We were accompanied by representatives of Misereor.  Read More