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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Health Systems, Education, Health, International, International Relief, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To provide food, education and training to under-privileged children and women from the slums of the world. We will provide them with access to basic amenities and education, so that they can transform themselves into successful, independent citizens. We will also build self-sustaining programs for them that will help reduce hunger, child abuse, unwanted births, diseases and create a sense of hope for these individuals. We will initially focus on the slums of Kolkata, India, and then expand to centers world wide through collaborations with organizations with a similar purpose as ours.

Geographic areas served: Kolkata, India

Highlights of projects
Atghara, Kolkata, India -- This was Promise's first project, and it grew to a community of 70 children from humble beginnings in 2001. Due to unavoidable circumstances, this project is on hold temporarily. We hope to resume it in the near future.

Nawabpur, Kolkata, India -- Here we provide nutrition and education to children living in an extremely poor rural area on the outskirts of Kolkata. Currently we have about 200 children, mostly very young.

Self Sustaining Project for Women -- This is our second project in Nawabpur where presently 120 women are involved in making a specific product - a hand-knitted dishcloth. This product is being marketed in the USA by an US marketing company.

Sustenance of existing projects

  • Daily nutritious meals for the children.
  • Hiring more qualified teachers for tutoring the children, most of whom are first generation school goers in the family. Need to hire teachers for Art and Music.
  • Wages for the cooks, supervisors
  • Books and school supplies for each child
  • Medicine and health care for the children in case of any illness

 Overview of the Needs

Building the Community Center

Currently the tutorial classes and all children related activities are held in a rented place. A community center owned by Promise Worldwide will allow a larger and much better environment. This center will be used in addition to the tutorial. For building this community center the expenses will include:

  • Acquiring land
  • Construction of the building
  • Furnishing
  • Equipment
    • Computer Training
    • Vocational Training


Hiring Administrators

As the organization grows both in the USA and in India administrators are to be hired. In addition the President of Promise needs to spend full or committed part time for Promise for which she needs to be compensated.


The Solution:

  • To sustain the existing projects and grow the projects by bringing more children under the project.
  • Build a community center building for the children to study.
  • Hiring paid administrators both in USA and India for a more professional management.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Promise is an incredible organization - I am impressed every day by the dedication of Jaya Di and other volunteers in raising money and helping the under-privileged in my area in eastern India. What I especially like about Promise is the projects that they work on. By focusing on the education and vocational training of the kids, they are truly helping to build a better society overall.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Like many immigrants to the US, I always felt this was/is the land of opportunity, hence, once I got here, I felt that this country would allow me to fulfill my dream to do something however small for the people of India. A product of Kolkata, India, I always wanted to help an organization from its infancy. Promise, a nonprofit organization provided just this opportunity. Helping with the nurturing, nourishment and "whole-child" development , Promise is doing groundbreaking work helping the Nawabpur community of Kolkata. Providing literacy development for children by partnering with the University of Arlington in Texas, to enabling the community mothers with sustainable employment opportunities, Promise continues to be that oasis for some, among the millions of people in India who need consistent hope and support. I am proud to be part of such a growing "promise" to the children of my motherland.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Promise is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empower underprivileged children and women with education and Self Reliance. We believe that education is a means to economic empowerment and social progress.

Promise is currently involved in a number of projects in and around the metropolitan city of Kolkata in eastern India. Promise helps some of these projects by funding their staff needs, some it runs independently. It runs a children's program offering 400 odd children, both morning and evening classes. In addition to the classes, training is also offered in dance, music, yoga, drawing and crafts. The West Bengal board of primary education recently donated books for this school in English, Bengali and Mathematics. It runs a program for the children living on the streets and slums by providing them with preparatory schooling before mainstreaming them into formal schools. The age group of the children is 4-14 years. In addition, the program is involved in awareness building and training of police officers and teachers on issues of child rights and juvenile justice. Promise is funding 2 of its 19 centers (Jorasankho and Tangra ) with hope of taking on more in the future. These are to mention just a couple of projects that Promise is involved with

Board Member

Rating: 5

Growing up in India I always wanted to do something for privileged people. However with studies, family responsibilities, I never saw myself chipping in before retirement. Jaya di's Promise came as a fresh breeze that matched with my aspiration and I could support this noble cause while still balancing my other part of life.
I love the fact that Promise carefully chooses it's projects, and I know for sure that our effirt / money is going straight to the cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The purpose of Promise Worldwide is to educate and empower underprivileged children across the world. The goal is to provide knowledge to children through literacy so they have self-respect, can make informed decisions about their personal and human rights, be self-supportive and be a positive contributor to their families and communities. They also give opportunity to women earning their own living by helping them produce handicrafts which are sold to large corporations worldwide. The organization is currently active in Kolkata, India, with plans to increase centers worldwide and work with other organizations with a similar purpose. Promise supports several projects in the slums of Kolkata focusing more on girls and women.