The journey began in 1991, from the terrace of Mother Teresa’s ‘Nirmal Hriday’, in Kalighat, one of the poorest areas of Kolkata.
It is here that Arup and Swarup Ghosh, who were volunteering at Mother Teresa, decided to provide informal education to 17 children with little things, such as milk and biscuits, for motivation. Soon, they decided to establish Tomorrow’s Foundation to support more children. The NGO was established in 1991 with the blessings of Mother Teresa.
As the number of children increased, the need for formal schooling began to felt. It was at that time that Arup and Swarup Ghosh met Janine Walter, a french woman, who was volunteering as an english teacher at the Mother Teresa school. She decided to join Tomorrow’s Foundation’s team.
Tomorrow’s Foundation (TF) identified a local Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) School named Dharmadas Trust Model School (DTMS) in Kalighat. The rapport was built by TF with the authorities of the KMC and a joint project mainstreaming the underprivileged children from the non-formal school premises of TF to DTMS started. Gradually, TF expanded its activities by providing midday meal, uniforms, pre-vocational training, cultural support, health support (mental and physical), community awareness and others
Back to France, Janine Walter decided to create Calcutta de la rue à l’école in 1995, an french organization to support financially the educational projects of Tomorrow’s Foundation. Since that time, Tomorrow’s Foundation and Calcutta de la rue à l’école work as a twin.
At that time, Tomorrow’s Foundation started developped its programmes beside educational support with the help of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) : vocational training (sewing, drawing, handicrafts, etc.), hostel placements, cultural support, regular home visits, parent awareness programmes and training programmes for the teachers.
In 1996, Mother Project was created
Tomorrow’s Foundation got its own office.
In 1998, the Tomorrow’s Foundation Card Project (TFCP) was introduced with the objective to train adolescents and youths with craftsmanship so that they become economically independent and lead a dignified life.
In 2000, TF was considered as a “Model NGO” in the eastern zone of India by UNESCO.
In 2001, Tomorrow’s Foundation has started Open School Project, to offer customized options in continuing education for children and youth between 12 and 20 years, living and working in slums of Kolkata. It reached out to children and youth who had never been to school at all and/or were school drop-outs. The project provided both education and skill training. The target beneficiaries were mostly residents of the slums of Chetla and Tollygunge.
In time, two sub- Projects were added to the Open School Project:
STEP : Smile Twin e-learning Programme (STeP) aims to empower marginalized youth by enhancing their job prospects in the booming service and retail sectors. It provides skill-based education in tandem with market requirements. The location of the programme is in one of the poorest areas of the city of Kolkata. It covers Tangra in the North Eastern part of the city, which includes Dhapa, Motijheel, Bibibagan and the surrounding areas in Wards 56, 57, 58, 59 of the KMC and a Targeted Intervention with Child Labour in Tangra area.
The Half Way Home is implanted in the same building than TF’s Administrative Office, in Hossenpur (South Kolkata).
In 2005, the CPEB was created with the support of City Level Programme of Action of Kolkata. It’s the first interventions in Tangra, Kolkata and Dhapa, India areas (East Kolkata).
The Tomorrow’s Foundation Children’s Council and the Tomorrow’s Foundation’s Child Protection Policy are introduced.
We became the ERG member of GOAL India.
A joint program on Adult Education started with Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
Initiative taken with Concern Indian Foundation to establish Multi Activity Centre (MAC ) Project, to build a home for differently abled children in Kalighat Area.
Implementation of REACH India project.
Helped 800 urban deprived children to get proper Birth Registration Certificates.
In 2008 Jyotishka project for mainstreaming of children/working in brick kilns was created in collaboration with the financial help of the government of Chhattisgarh.
In July 2010, the Model School project was started in collaboration with the Dharmadas Trust Model School (KMC School) in Kalighat (Kolkata). The main aim of the project is to design a model for primary education and replicate it in other municipality schools, once the success of the model has been proved.
In 2010, creation of Swabalambam, in South Kolkata. The project aims to improve the lives of vulnerable communities through employment of women by providing stitching and vocational training.
In 2010, CEBP become CEEP (Community Education and Empowerment Programme). Within the program, a primary focus was to change the level of awareness amongst all stakeholders towards education, health, hygiene, child rights and protection – as well as sexual behaviours habits and practices. Emphasis was also given to the training of community based health activists amongst young adult peer groups and women.
In 2010, Tomorrow’s Foundation & Sport dans la Ville collaboration has started. It is a sport exchange programme between deprived children of Kolkata and France. They practice sports, play friendly matches, learn new skills and visit historical and important places in both France and India. Sports is used as a means to encourage young people to avoid antisocial behaviours and teaching them the importance of teamwork, leadership and social integration.
Hole-In-The-Wall project aimed to improve the academic skills of underprivileged children enables to learn computing skills while promoting discussion, curiosity and memory, as weel as developing their analysis and synthesis capabilities. Computers with self learning materials were installed in community areas where TF was working in Kolkata, Karli and Bijapur.
The NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) project aimed at creating opportunities from low cost, market oriented professional training with maximum practical exposure. This project provided training on computer software and tailoring.
In 2010, creation of Charaibeti project directed to under-privileged children with disabilities consists of three mobile units (remodeled and refurbished buses) which bring physiotherapy / physical rehabilitation, care and special education into the heart of the slums.
In 2010, Uttaran-Bastar project was created in Dantewada and Bijapur, in Chhattisgarh, run by Tomorrow’s Foundation in collaboration with District Authorities. The project hosts children who have lost their parents, home and families due to insurgency troubles in this area in two residential homes in Dantewada and Bijapur and help them to have acces to education, because they had, through the force of circumstances, dropped out of the school system because of their status of being uprooted
In 2011, the Dishari project has been initiated and implemented through close collaboration with the district administration of Chhattisgarh and supported by the state unit of UNICEF. The role of the Dishari is of a watch dog. The aim of the project is to improve the level of quality education and child protection in re-opened school after extremist insurgency in the various residential centres of Dantewada and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh. The reports of all the programme of the project is shared with concerned authorities of the district administration and UNICEF.
In 2011, Shilpa Gram project was created to start a skill development training and job placement in plumber, electrician and welder for illiterate and semi literate youth of South Bastar (Dantewada).
In April 2013, Rainbow project was created, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The aim of the project was to protect the children via a secure housing and an adequate schooling and to alleviate child labour phenomenon.
In 2014, Puna Aar scaling of Dishari project was created in collaboration with UNICEF and the Dantewada District Administration in civil strife affected districts of Chhattisgarh. The project aims to strengthen Child Protection system by supplementing and complementing the efforts of the District Administration in 25 villages.