Ek Tara Focus Areas
Educating the children right from their formative years through college.
Engaging with the community and making them partners in the process.
Empowering the families and giving them the ability to make informed choices.
About Ek Tara
A registered Trust, Ek Tara began its journey in 2011 with a small group of children and women from impoverished families in the slums of Topsia and Tiljala with a vision to provide high-quality holistic education to enable community transformation.
Starting with just 20 odd beneficiaries, Ek Tara now has 950 children attending classes, given school uniform, and a daily nutritious meal and 75 women in the Vocational Training programme. There is a nominal fee of Rs. 100 per quarter to give parents a feel of responsibility.
Projects constituting our education programme are designed to meet all academic, co curricular and overall development of children, right from 3-18 years. The curriculum is in line with the syllabus of leading English medium mainstreams schools of the city.
Health & Hygiene
Health and Hygiene is an integral programme of EkTara , introduced in 2015 to promote health and hygiene awareness within the children and community and ensuring the progress of the project activities in a defined framework of planning monitoring and implementation.
EkTara introduced Nutrition Programme in 2013 addressing the nutrition problems of the direct beneficiaries enrolled in school programme which aims at improvement of their nutritional status and check the dropout rate.
The objective is to create an environment for our community partners to help them establish key strategic priorities and support sustainable development. This process helps achieve greater self sufficiency for present and future generations.
Ever since the first contact with EkTara in 2016, the organization proved constantly to be one of our most dedicated partners. Leaded by an inspirational management team, and relying on a large team of young and highly motivated staff, the organization uses a holistic approach to create educational opportunities for women and children. During multiple visits to Kolkata, I was able to witness first-hand their endless energy in delivering high-quality and creative interventions to the communities they work with. Therefore, I’m extremely delighted to have this great bunch of people as one of our mobile school partners.
Partnership Coordinator Africa & Asia – Streetwize
My experience with Ektara is amazing. I have seen many NGOs my friends are working with but Ektara’s infrastructure is far superior to other organisations… Most of us who volunteer from TCS, feel that it is not unidirectional flow of knowledge, but bidirectional. We too have learnt a lot from students.
Mr. Aashish Kishore
Ektara has been doing exemplary work in a slum area of Kolkata which has a dominantly minority population. I cannot say enough about the way Ektara educates and nurtures the children in their care. Modern High School for Girls’ partnership with this organisation has been mutually enriching and we at MHS would love to garner as much support as we can for Ektara in the years to come.
Ms. Devi Kar
Director, Modern High School for Girls
It is wonderful to see what Ektara has been doing for the development of minority community in Topsia. I specially congratulate them for running a quality educational institution for weaker section of the society.
Mr. Shakil Ahmed
Joint Secretary to the Government of West Bengal
Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department
Ektara has its unique presence in Topsia, Kolkata, proactively engaged in providing English medium education to the children living in this area. Greenply Foundation supported the ‘ Nutrition Programme’ for the last 3 years. We were extremely happy to be a part of Ektara family and wish them all the best for future endeavours.
Iqra (Class 2) asked on her way back from Ashari "Why do we have to hurt the doggys on the road? They have feelings too, you know.." Cruelty and abuse towards animals is a common occurrence in many slum areas. Some do it out of fear while others out of ignorance. We...
TeachForIndia hosted a 6-day "Peer mentorship program" with 21 adolescence girls of Ek Tara. It involved "Getting to know your Peer" activities between the mentor and mentee (home life, personality, challenges at school, etc)"Looking into the depth" activity to help...
The pen pal project kicks off at Ek Tara on an extremely positive note. These powerful humans are exchanging letters and sharing their experiences with their pen pals in America. The students were very excited to share their hobbies, interests with people outside...