The Shanty Trust

Relieving Poverty
Empowering Women
Educating Children


Who are we ?

The Shanty Trust is U.K registered Charitable Trust (Registration No. 1188154)  raising funds to support the work of partner organisation TILJALA SHED which works with rag pickers and the ultra-poor in Kolkata, India. Our mission is to relieve poverty by empowering women through vocational and livelihood programmes and protecting children from early marriage and child labour through educational support.


The Shanty Trust is raising funds for emergency food and medicine for Kolkata’s most vulnerable. The pandemic continues to cause great hardship: besides the virus itself poverty, unemployment and hunger continue. Day labourers   with no work; rag pickers and beggars who can’t go out onto the streets; street vendors who cannot trade. 

This campaign will get your donations out to Kolkata fast.


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Educational Sponsorship

Saika’s Story

Saika is 17 years old and lives in a a shelter beside the open sewers of Topsia in Kolkata. She lives with her father, who

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Bhola with new school books
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Bhola’s Story

This is Bhola. He is 16 years old and lives in the Topsia canalside squatters, a row of shacks built on a spit of land

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Tiljala SHED's old van
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We need a new vehicle

DONATE NOW Tiljala SHED’s faithful workhorse – a grey Maruti Suzuki Eeco – is almost beyond use. We desperately need to find a replacement. Bought

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This is Fahem. Yesterday his mother was crushed to death by a truck. This week Fahem and 19 other young

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Watch Tarango at Tiljala SHED

LIVE IN SCHOOLS is an event series meant for school-going children. Our focus is on schools meant for children from disadvantaged sections of society who otherwise may not have access to live music concerts.

Learn more about our efforts on behalf of rag picker children in Kolkata, India experiencing, or at risk of, abandonment, exploitation, abuse and neglect.