Tiljala SHED was created in 1987 by a handful of youth from Tiljala realizing the needs of the people living with misery, sufferings and hardship in their day-to-day fight for survival, struggle, identity and dignity. It was formally registered in 1993 and it was also successful in obtaining FCRA in 1994 and other legal registrations in the following years. All legal compliances are up to date and reflected in public domain (website) and can also be found in the website of the Home Ministry, Govt. of India. In the late 1990s government granted a proposal on rehabilitation of street children from the Ministry of Social Justice & empowerment, Govt. India and anti child labour program, supported by Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India. Slowly and steadily Tiljala SHED expanded its areas of operation to other parts of Kolkata where people are suffering from vulnerability and hardships.
Brief history of organization-
Tiljala Shed is a non-religious, non-political grass root level non-government developmental organization working for the underprivileged and marginalized people of Kolkata especially the Rag Pickers community which have been neglected and socially ostracized by the civil society. Tiljala Shed seeks to empower and transform the Rag Pickers from the life in rags into a kingdom of sunshine. Apart working for the Rag Pickers development, Tiljala Shed also works hand in hand with various other vulnerable groups and communities who are vulnerable and marginalized especially women and child.
Tiljala Shed is currently running two shelter homes one in Park Circus in which street and working children are taken care. Secondly, Tiljala Shed is running a new residential shelter home in Bhangur (South 24 Parganas) for the children coming from Rag Picking families and who have been involved in drugs, crimes, abuse. Currently 25 children are staying in this home and our team has been continuously working on their overall development.
Tiljala Shed also works strongly for the cause of the women and run women empowerment programs through educational projects which have brought changes in the life of the women. Though, we still have a long way to go, to change the typical stereotype mindset of Indian men, we need continuous efforts to change the current situation. Tiljala Shed strongly believes that the role of men in the empowerment of women is vital. The organization’s grassroots strength, perseverance and impact have gained both government and international recognition over the past three decades of its operation, with many of the projects being sponsored or co-sponsored by external agencies (Misereor, AIDOS, Citi Bank, Columbia University).
Tiljala SHED has also been involved in many skill building and upscaling of women projects like sanitary napkins, stitching, beauty training, beads bag making, etc. Tiljala SHED is committed to empower the female gender through skill building and upscaling of income so that they become independent in the society. Financial empowerment of the women brings respect in the family. Tiljala SHED is committed to the cause of the women empowerment.