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a tie up between PeaceWorks and Vikramshila, Women’s Interlinked Foundation and Kolkata Police project Nabadisha

October 2010 we sent out a call for volunteers, to help us implement a project that uses the age old art of Storytelling.The response has been tremendous. Homemaker, teacher, student, senior citizen, journalist, naval architect, illustrator—profiles of just some of the people who have come forward to committ their time and dedication to the project. It’s a wonderfully diverse group of people who, we believe, will bring a tremendous amount of insight to the project, not just by reading or telling stories but also bringing valuable life experiences into their work.

We have made a small beginning by launching the project in seven centres: Disha Foundation, Child Care, Kalighat Police Station, Bhawanipore Police Station, Beniapukur Police Station, Dakhinapan Police Station and Alipore police station.

We hope to gradually add many more centres. We can only take this project with your support.

If you have a passion for telling stories and have  2–4 hours to spare every week, call us today at 24556942/43 or write to

Volunteer’s speak –

Using different forms of art to make a little difference that’s going to bring a smile and interacting with enthusiastic children who are brave enough to fight oddities with dignity. – Nabanita Biswas

Storytelling is one of the best medium to get the attention and interest of children… – Rita Raja

I have taught in schools many years ago, and have also worked as trained social worker and I wish to get back to teaching and this project seems to be interesting and different. – Chandanna Tandan

… now it’s my turn to give back to society whatever I can, as much as I can. – Deepak Mitra

I wanted to get back to interacting with children and thought this opportunity was perfectly right! I have done art activities with an experimental school called Shikshamitra in Calcutta, but that was nine years back and I didn’t want to get into formal teaching. I am looking forward to the opportunity to tell my favourite stories, spin some of my own, throw in activities as well. Fingers crossed! – Atreyee Dey

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