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Govt. of West Bengal

Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare

Cottage Scheme


Scheme for the welfare of children in need of care and protection

    • Rationale : Rapid urbanization and industrialization contributes increasingly to the problem of destitution. The problem is on the increase, especially among children, due to continuous migration of families from rural to urban areas in search of employment and work. The inadequacy of housing facilities in urban areas, forces them to live under slum conditions. This in turn contributes to the increase in destitution and delinquency. Increasing number of child beggars found in metropolitan and industrial cities is only a symptom of the larger problem of destitution.

    • Objective : The objective of welfare services for destitute children is to rehabilitate them as normal citizens in the community they belong to. The programme includes ameliorative services of food, shelter, clothing, medical attention and curative services of education, prevocational and vocational training, vocational guidance, recreation and cultural development and citizenship education. It is an effort to make the children grow up as responsible citizen and job worthy.
      The Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal has worked out arrangements for institutionalizing these destitute children under ‘Cottage Scheme’. The programme consists of providing assistance in the form of capitation grants to the existing voluntary organizations active in the field of child welfare. The recurring and nonrecurring expenditure is borne by the organizations running cottage homes. The Institution is entrusted with a number of units of 25 children each separately for boys and girls from 0 to 18 years. One house mother is present for a unit of 25 children and a trained social worker is present both for offering case work services as well as supervision. At present there are 96 cottage homes run by non-government organization supported by Government of West Bengal providing services to 8750 destitute children.

    • Services : The package of services that is offered to children at the existing institutions is separate for boys and girls and includes physical and social care, school education and recreational activities and near family atmosphere for children between 0 to 18 years with the help of services of house mothers. For children between 12 and 18 years services of physical and social care, school education, pre-vocational and vocational and citizenship education and recreation is provided at the institutions.

    • Criteria for admission of children into Children’s Home :
    • (i) Children who do not have parent or any near relative.
    • (ii) Children who have single parent families, like husband is dead or imprisoned or separated or vice versa and where the income of the family is less than 250 per month.

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List of District Wise Cottage Home

Sl No. District Name of Cottage Home 
1 South 24 Parganas Ramkrishna Sevashram Matilal
2 Bhagabatipur Maitra  Sangha
3 Bhajna Benepara Sishu Sevashram 
4 Saradamoni Destitute Home –Cum-Rural Development Kendra 
5 Hachki Chira Harit Sangha
6 Kansarichak Gramin Vikash Kendra 
7 Beluni Jana Kalyan Sangha 
8 Educational & Welfare Centre
9 Sarada Ramkrishna (Sishu-O-Mahila) Sevashram
10 Bharat Mahajati Mondali
11 Sri Ramkrishna Sevashram, Ramkrishnapur
12 Prabartak Destitute Children’s Home 
13 Baruipur Panchayat Samity
14 Kishore Sangha  
15 Harishpur Nabarun Sangha       
16 Champabati Sishu Udayan 
17 Noor Ali Memorial Society 
18 Missionaries Of Welfare
19 Gandhi Peace Foundation South Calcutta
20 Vishwa Bharati Seva Kendra 
21 Voice Of World, Kolkata 
22 Nikhil Banga Kalyan Samity
23 Haripur Amra Sabai Unnayan Samity
24 Itinda Community Development Society
25 Patharberia Prabhati Sangha
26 Harishpur Prostitute Children Rehabilitation
27 Digambarpur Angikar
28 North 24 Parganas Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore
29 Ramkrishna Mission Boys Home, Rahara
30 Welfare Association For The Neglected Children Of India, Utsav Children Home 
31 Sri Ram Krishna Satyananda Ashram 
32 Biswasuk Sevashram Sangha
33 Sarberia Etimkhana Orphanage 
34 Aradhana Social & Development Organisation
35 Kolkata All Bengal Women’s Union
36 The Calcutta Muslim Orphanage 
37 The Calcutta Orphanage
38 Saujatya
39 Children’s Welfare Association 
40 Sri Ramkrishna Ananda Ashram 
41 Gardenreach Slum Development 
42 Red Plus Society
43 Samparc
44 Hooghly Kalyan Bharati 
45 Prabartak Seva Niketan
46 Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Bengal
47 Janasiksha Prachar Kendra
48 Satyabharti
49 Paschim Medinipur Nivedita Gramin Karmamandir
50 Bikash Bharati Welfare Society
51 Trilochanpur Sri Ramkrishna Ashram 
52 Prabuddha Bharati Sishu Tirtha
53 Blind Madrasa & Primary School
54 Zilla Sainik Board 
55 Kalpataru
56 Child And Social Welfare Society 
57 Barchara Progressive Cultural Forum
58 Hitaljore Kishoribala Databya Chikitsyalaya
59 Ambassador Service Society
60 Purba Medinipur Antyodya Anath Ashram 
61 Damodarpur Utsahi Yubak Sangha 
62 Sainpukur Matri Sevika Samity
63 Vivekananda Loksiksha Mandir 
64 Vivekananda Jana Seva Kendra
65 Haldia Samaj Kalyan Parshad 
66 Pally Katha
67 Seulipur Udayan Club
68 Howrah Bainan Tarun Sangha 
69 Chiranabin
70 Kalyan Brata Sangha 
71 Malipukur Samaj Unnyan Samity 
72 Darjeeling Kripasaran Buddhist Mission 
73 Jalpaiguri Khagrabari Rural Energy Development Association
74 Kripasaran Buddhist Mission 
75 Shishu Seva Bal Vikash Kendra
76 Mahila Shisu Suswastha Suchetana
77 Bankura Sarenga Block Cultural Association 
78 Chamtagara Adibasi Mahila Samity 
79 Netaji Youth Club O Pathagar
80 Padmaja Naidu Arogyabas
81 Purulia Manipur Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre 
82 Nadia Bhagirathi Silpashram 
83 Chandranath Basu Seva Sangha 
84 Karimpur Social Welfare Society 
85 Sisters  Of Charity - Holy Child Home 
86 Dakshin Dinajpur Balurghat Nivedita Sevashram 
87 Seva Darpan, Dakshin Dinajpur
88 Dakshin Chak Bhabani Rural Awareness Society
89 Birbhum Satyananda Boy’s Home, Kundla 
90 Burdwan Burdwan Blind School
91 Jagatpara Sri Sri Nigamananda Saraswat Sevashram Society
92 Malda Haiderpur Shelter Of Malda
93 Murshidabad Domkol Vikas Kendra 
94 Haripur Dr. Ambedkar Janaseva Mission
95 Coochbehar Trinita Society For Social And Health Research