Darjeeling Railway Community Support

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Objective: ‘To raise money in support of the health, Welfare and Employment within the
Darjeeling Railway Community’.
Registered Charity no. 1137961 [England & Wales]

How DRCS Helps The People Of Darjeeling  -  http://www.drcommunitysupport.org.uk

Latest projects in the area, Sweet Angels SchoolRohini School & Hayden Hall Charity

 We support people who live alongside the World Famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, from Siliguri on the plains to Darjeeling, which is 55 miles away and 6.800 feet up in the foot hills of the Himalayas.IMGP0615w
 The people are a mixture of Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Tibetan. A large proportion of the community have no running water, very poor sanitation, and in the smaller villages medical facilities are non-existent. The state education is very basic and the schools are poorly equipped. 

Unemployment is high due to the decline of the railway and the closure of the tea estates. However, the good news is that 1 goes a long way and can make a difference.

History of Darjeeling Railway Community Support. -

 A member of the 2006 DHRS Tour party suggested that ‘we should do something to help the local people’. Upon our return to England a meeting was held and thus Darjeeling Railway Community Support was formed early in 2007.

 Mr. Rajendra Baid, Chairman of the DHRS India Support Group, and his son Vivek Baid, offered support and advice to DRCS on appropriate projects in their area. While this partnership continues, we have also enlisted the help of NGO’s in Darjeeling and Kurseong, who have first-hand knowledge of the needs of local people who live in the foothills.

Because members of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society visit the area regularly we can monitor how the money is spent.

 Initially we helped to fund health camps in Siliguri and Rangtong , purchased 2 sewing machines IMGP0572wand helped to set up a tailoring project for the women of Gayabari village.

 We have also supported local schools with equipment and funds for improvements to their buildings, such as paint, concrete for a new floor,  a kitchen and a toilet.

 Our most exciting project has been enabling Shishu Shiksa Kendra community school in Kurseong to move from an open-sided building into their very own school in May 2009! The children and teachers are delighted to be in their new premises.

IMGP2765wa DRCS have also supported Hayden Hall. This is a charitable organization which undertakes a lot of good work in Darjeeling. One of their many projects includes an after-school club which provides a meal and a space where the children can do their homework.

 The Shankar Foundation, ‘who protect and promote the rights of people and families living with hiv/aids’ have also received money from DRCS.

 The Planter’s Hospital, which is an iconic building in the centre of Darjeeling, has fallen into serious disrepair over recent years, yet they still continue to provide low cost treatment for those in need. DRCS have sent a donation to the Director, Dr Plaban Das, to help with repairs to their leaking roof.

 Fund raising:
We have held tea parties, curry suppers, tombola stalls, baked cakes, and given illustrated talks to various groups. However, our main source of income is from donations and standing orders.

We are always looking for people who are willing to help in any way with fund-raising efforts, spreading the message or running the Charity. You can become a Trustee, set up an area group, give a talk or run a fund raising event. We can provide information and other resources to help.

Please contact us if you would like further information.

 Charity Status—
 In 2009 we reached the minimum requirements to apply for full Charity status, this will enable us to claim Gift Aid on all previous and any future donations and Standing Orders, our registered charity number is:-
Registered Charity no. 1137961 [England & Wales]

 If  you would like to help the work of DRCS then  you can do so in anyone of the following ways -
making a  one-off donation (see details below)
giving  regular donations by completing the  Standing Order Mandate.
holding a fund raising event  ( we can provide a presentation and material to help with this)
helping to run  the  Charity 
   (N.B. if making regular donations by S/O please  don’t forget to provide us with your details

For more current information see our Latest News page

 For further information please contact:PICT0029wb
c/o 43, Geraldine Road
WR14 3NT
 Tel: 01684 562 571
  e-mail: drcs.sec@ talktalk.net

 Moo Barrie (Chair)
 Val Mead (Secretary)
 David Mead (Treasurer)
 Dr. Frank Price


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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 7406570.
Registered office: The Oaks, Bulleigh Barton Court, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5UA.