Kolkata City Mission (KCM) focuses on the physical, economic and social needs of those in poverty. KCM takes a holistic approach to improve the lives of those most in need in Kolkata, West Bengal. KCM was officially founded and recognized in 2008 by the West Bengal government, but its roots can be traced back to the origins of the “City Mission Movement” in the 1800’s.
In March of 2007, with support from the Compassion Service Society of India (KCM’s sister movement) Shaji O. Amos moved his family to Kolkata and began forming relationships with the poor in various slum communities.
Today, KCM has a dedicated team working with the poor and underprivileged in the city of Kolkata. KCM team goes into the Slums on a daily basis to teach kids, serve, and encourage families. Specific programs includes, informal education center designed to supplement a child’s education, women’s empowerment program designed to help women to gain marketable job skills to help support their families and kids club after school program designed to keep kids from the dangers of the street and provide them recreation which enable them to come out from emotional stress which they undergo every day.
The Origin of the City Mission Movement
David Nasmith was born in Glasgow, Scotland in March 1799 to a wealthy family. Nasmith knew little about the poverty, abuse, and inequality that existed in Glasgow until he was a young man apprenticing in the manufacturing industry and was forced to come face to face with this harsh reality. Nasmith found his calling and vision to work among the poor. In January 1826 Nasmith founded the Glasgow City Mission, and then began travelling all over Britain, Canada, and the US establishing missions wherever he went. He encouraged rich and willing community to “go to the poor” and to have a highly visible presence in poor communities meeting the spiritual and physical and economical needs of the poor.
KCM’s History within the City Mission Movement
In 2000 Shaji O. Amos attended a conference in Glasgow, Scotland where he learned of the City Mission Movement and its commitment to reach the urban poor by responding to their physical, economical and spiritual needs. His Glasgow experience enable him to give birth to the Kolkata City Mission. Although the KCM began as in 2007, with encouragement and support from good friends and well wishers , Kolkata City Mission officially registered as a charity trust on 26th September 2008.