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History of Seva Kendra Calcutta
Milestones in a story of develoment for all
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1947-1971
• The Office of Catholic Charities
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It is the direct precussor to Seva Kendra Calcutta
- Located at Archbishop’s House, 32, Park Street, Calcutta 700 016
- Fr. Charles Virthoff sj, was its chief functionary in the 50’s and 60’s
- It was a movement of concern and charity for outreach and animation

1971
The Diocesan Office for Relief and Development of the Archdiocese of Calcutta
- Also known at that time as “Caritas India-Calcutta Diocesan Unit”
- Initiated in a manner so as to come up to this present day structure
- Established and developed under the efficient guidance and leadership of Archbishop Emeritus Henry D’souza then Monsignor and Vicar General of the Archdiocese and Diocesan Director of this office
- Initially the office operated from St. John’s Church, Sealdah, and then subsequently shifted to 50, Circus Avenue

• Influx of Refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
- Temporary emergency office was set up to deal with the situation to support the Diocesan Office
- Archbishop Emeritus Henry D’souza envisaged that this relief and development work will continue for a long time
- He secured a plot of land for a permanent structure of office and godown from Loreto Convent, Entally
- The existing structure of SKC stands on this plot of land 1973

• On December 14, 1973, Seva Kendra Calcutta, ‘The Diocesan Office for Relief and Development of the Archdiocese of Calcutta’ was raised to a legal status of a registered body which is now known as ‘Seva Kendra Calcutta

1973-1982
• Development
- Community assets like road, pond, embankment, irrigation canal, reservoir, low cost house, safe drinking water source, social forestry, community centre etc. were built through projects
- A spacious godown for food commodities was constructed to complement the projects implementation

• Education
- Institutional efforts towards school and hostel construction during the period for upgrading the education status of the poor and the marginalized contributed immensely to the development

• Management
SKC with the assistance of Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, conducted an overall evaluation of its policy orientation, programme and structure to direct development
- XLRI, Jamshedpur was included to study the administrative and management areas of SKC
- An office building was constructed to facilitate the process recommended in the evaluations

1983-1992
• Training Centre
- Growth of SKC in terms of personnel and capacity building
- Training Centre was constructed so that development workers could be trained to actualize the development of human communities through evolution, progress and growth of life
- Trainings were organized for our program partners and associates
- The facility was also offered to like minded organizations

• Staff Development
- Special attention to staff development so as to promote multiple role and manifold responsibilities of the staff

• Health
- Evaluation was conducted by the “All Indian Institute of Hygiene and Public Health”, Calcutta on Mother & Child Health Care
- Evaluators recommended Integrated Approach to Health & Nutrition
- Attempt has been made over the years in this direction and it has taken a comprehensive shape

• Self Reliance
- A lot of attention was given to organize people and to instill in them a habit of thrift
- SKC played a major role in this area thus giving birth of a movement known as Calcutta Mutual Help Society (CMHS)
- The movement is spread in most of the parishes in rural and city areas

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