Laboni Roy, Assistant Director (Projects)
Laboni has been with the IS since its birth and walked the miles uphill. Her journey has been in discovering her fearlessness in the face of any challenge – ‘Hoyo nako kunthito, taale tal diyo tal ’ by Tagore is the theme song of her life.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was when in the days of scarcity, she begged for food grains from the Gurudwara at Rashbehari Avenue for the residents of the shelter.
Gunjan Chandak Khemka, Assistant Director (Projects)
Gunjan loves music of different genres from old hindi music, country, blues, jazz, and movies ranging from Guru Dutt Movies, to the black and white genre of Casablanca, to Pretty Woman and Forrest Gump. Variety is definitely the spice of her life. Hope and love sustain this versatile, multitasking young professional
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was the time she represented the organization in a meeting in Chennai.
Alokeparna Ghosh, Resource Development Manager
Alokeparna is a Social Development and Human Resource Management Professional with 9 plus years of experience in project management, NGO administration, resource development and personnel management. She values the most her abilities to think creatively and challenge her own limits. She is also a water colorist with several exhibitions to her credit. Travelling to the mountains and baking chocolate cakes help her unwind.
Favourite IS Moment: Writing the script for a documentary film on Iswar Sankalpa's journey and being a part of the shooting crew, was something she immensely enjoyed. It was an emotional moment when the film was for the first time screened in IS annual programme.
Supriyo Naskar, Accountant
Supriyo Naskar is a perfectionist and he gets energy to carry on in life with the blessings of his parents. Besides numbers, Supriyo is a great lover of sports like cricket and football. He enjoys trekking immensely and has trekked challenging heights in Roopkundu among others.
Favourite IS Moment: His favourite IS moment was the day Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam visited the shelter.
Debdatta Ray, Advocacy Officer
Debdatta is a post-graduate in English. She loves reading, watching movies, listening to soft music and meeting new people. Creative and Performing arts is her special field of interest. She is also a performing singer. Belief in God and love of family are her strength which helps her aim and soar higher. Hope, Love and Faith are her keys to unlock a beautiful world that everyone dreams of!
Favourite IS Moment: When during a special occasion, all the residents and staff members come together and celebrate the day with each other over fun and food, generating a sense of unity that we all crave for!
Priyanka Banerjee, Resource Development Assistant
Priyanka is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and has around 6 years of combined experience in Teaching and Administration. She is a self motivated individual with the commitment and flexibility to work in a changing environment. She believes "nothing is impossible" through hard work and strong determination. Loves travelling and photography for recreation.
Favourite IS Moment: IS Annual Day 2015 held at ICCR.
Dr. Abhiruchi Chatterjee, Psychiatrist
Abhiruchi is a psychiatrist and also a talented painter. Green is his favourite colour of life.
Favourite IS Moment: His most memorable IS moment was the day the residents of IS shelter received a sensible and loving smile from the great scientist Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The moment inspired him to hold himself and his work with utmost integrity.
Mrinmoyee Bose, Project Coordinator, Naya Daur
Mrinmoyee loves the colours yellow, black and white. She loves Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla and has seen the the movie Titanic many times. She feels energized when she can bring a smile on the face of her loved ones. And she finds peace when she reunites the homeless to their primary ring of protection – their homes.
Favourite IS moment: when she got the opportunity to meet Dr APJ Abdul Kalam during his visit to Sarbari shelter
Pinki Bhattacharya, Counselling Psychologist, Naya Daur
Pinki likes listening to music and making new friends. She wants to do something for her country men who are in vulnerable situations. Her mother is a great inspiration in her life and she would do anything to make her happy.
Favourite IS Moment: When she rescued a distressed woman named Gita Adhikari from Sealdah and brought her to Sarbari Shelter.
Abhishaek Das, DIC Coordinator
Success motivates Abhishaek to move ahead in life. A googly in the game of cricket and Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne enthrall him.
Favourite IS Moment: His favourite IS Moments are reintegrating the homeless back into mainstream life.
Kalu Prasad, Field Supervisor
Kalu loves football and is a man of ACTION. He is at his best during crisis management and behind the steering wheel of a car.
Favourite IS Moment: His most memorable moment was when he could pacify a raging mother to give consent to hand over her child to child care officials while she carried on her own treatment at the Shelter.
Swapan Halder, Social Worker, Naya Daur
Swapan feels himself coming alive in the work for homeless persons who are neglected by society. His favourite colour is Black and he hums to the tune of ‘Tumhi dekho na’ as he walks the streets of Kolkata.
Favourite IS Moment: Accompanying the people under the care of IS for pandal hopping during Durga puja.
Khokan Majumder, Social Worker, Naya Daur
Khokan is motivated to help poor and helpless persons. This helped him create a rapport with the homeless persons he works with in the Sealdaha field. His other passion is playing football.
Favourite IS Moment: Active participation in Medical camp organized by a community club in Chetla.
Tapashi Kolay, Social Worker, Naya Daur
Tapashi had 6 plus years of experience working in the field of health and human rights before joining Iswar Sankalpa. But her work with IS has been an enriching experience and has helped her enhance her knowledge immensely.
Favourite IS Moment: Whenever a homeless person with mental illness returns to a state of 'normalcy'.
Arnab Banerjee, Centre Attendant
Arnab loves Indian Classical Music and the cinema of Basonta Chowdhury.
Favourite IS Moment: His favourite IS moment was the sheer joy and companionship he experienced in a team building program in Gopalpur, Orissa.
Suparna Mukhopadhyay, Social Worker, Naya Daur
Suparna holds master's degree in English and Social Work. Music is her passion and she loves to sing. Helping people gives her immense joy and peace.
Favourite IS Moment: Distributing new dresses and special food boxes to the mentally ill persons on the streets during Durga Puja
Debapriya Dasgupta, Social Worker, Naya Daur
Debapriya holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Calcutta University. He is passionate about Photography and loves to capture moments with his camera. He is also an expert in kick boxing. Music gives him energy. He makes friends easily and loves spending time with friends over cups of tea.
Piu Sengupta, Supervisor, Sarbari Shelter
Life has been a wonderful journey for Piu which has brought her to an amazing station in mid-2016, a half-way home that is a ray of hope for some uncommonly common persons. She heartily accepts the opportunity to serve the world.
Rakhi Chatterjee, Counselling Psychologist, Sarbari Shelter
Rakhee is lively, optimistic, inquisitive and outspoken in nature. She believes in spreading energy around and it eventually makes her very structure driven and action oriented. Theory of deduction is the philosophy of her life. She is also an avid reader- non fictions and spiritual fictions are her choices.
Favourite IS Moment:is the very first day when she stepped in Sarbari and became a part of this endearing world.
Subholina Chakraborty, Counselling Psychologist, Sarbari Shelter
Subholina has counselling experience of 4+ years in social work sector. From her young age she used to dream of extending helping hand to those in need and this dream helped her to choose this sector. She is hard working, honest, consistent and sincere towards her work and can perform well under pressure. She loves painting and travelling to different places especially to the hills.
Favourite IS Moment: Within months of joining the shelter, Subholina was part of a challenging restoration trip to a remote village in Odisha and was able to reunite an aged shelter resident with her family after 2 long years of separation. The smile on the woman’s face when she saw her family was a precious moment for Subholina.
Shreyasi Dey, Inventory Manager
Shreyasi has a lot of things she is passionate about - literature, music, physics and football. She has a creative bend of mind. Pablo Neruda is her inspiration towards goodness and wildness. She sees herself as a universal citizen and dreams for a better world for everyone.
Favourite IS Moment: When the women of Sarbari shelter performed a skit excellently at an outside programme in front of a large audience, defeating all doubts over abilities of persons with psychosocial disability- that surely was a proud moment for Shreyasi, especially because she had been a part of the direction team.
Karuna Banerjee, DIC Coordinator & Social Worker
Karuna is committed to serving the society. This made her take up a diploma course in Social Work when her daughter grew up and took a job. Karuna wanted to do something for the poor and the needy of this country. On completion of the course, she joined Iswar Sankalpa as a volunteer and soon her work won her a full time job in the organization.
Favourite IS Moment: Whenever a person in her care gains a job and starts an independent journey.
Manorama Majumdar, Nurse, Sarbari Shelter
Manorama’s hero is Uttam Kumar in Dewa Newa. She sings Rabindrasangeet while tending to the residents of Sarbari Shelter, and believes that Love is the magic that can heal.
Favourite IS Moment: Being able to reunite Gita Devi with her family, even though there was not enough information available to locate her home and family members.
Kusum Haldar, Matron, Sarbari Shelter
Ahladi by Sukumar Ray inspires Kusum to live each day with a smile.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was discovering togetherness and joy during the picnic organized with residents and team of Sankalpa
Latika Gomes, Nurse, Sarbari Shelter
Latika believes in honesty and devotion. Being straight forward is her policy. Lie is something that she hates in others. She loves her job. Listening to music soothes her mind.
Favourite IS Moment: Winning the 3rd position in the flat race in IS Annual Sports. She never knew she could achieve something like that.
Fulmoni Topno, Caregiver, Sarbari Shelter
Fulmoni is very friendly in nature. Her hobbies are travelling, cooking, singing and dancing. She loves to care for the people and does not expect anything in return from them.
Tapan Prodhan, Reintegration Officer
Tapan thrives on challenges. The more difficult the challenge, the faster he moves. He believes there is no such thing called impossible. If one keeps on trying, he/she will achieve success. He loves to play Chess and his favourite movie is 3 Idiots.
Favourite IS Moment: Restoring homeless persons to their homes after long years of separation.
Madhumita Karmakar, Reintegration Officer
Madhumita had 3 years of experience as field researcher before joining Iswar Sankalpa and faced many challenges. She is very much passionate about reading story books and travelling. She loves adventure. She dreams of a beautiful world where everybody lives happily.
Favourite IS Moment: She enjoyed the challenges she faced on a restoration visit to Nagaland while locating a client's home in a small remote village.
Samir Khan, Reintegration Officer
Samir loves books, movies and traveling but nothing gives him more pleasure than spending time with family and friends. From politics to philosophy, he loves to talk with people about a lot of stuff. His current work gives him an immense sense of satisfaction. He remembers a post online saying "if money didn't exist will you still be doing your job?" - the answer came to him very promptly - "yes I will"
Favourite IS Moment: When at the 4th Global Mental Health Summit held at Mumbai, IS clients Anju and Abdullah shared their journey from streets to home and employment with the help from IS, and the audience applauded the work of Iswar Sankalpa, Samir felt extremely proud to be part of such a great work.
Arpita Pahari, Assistant Coordinator, Vocational Training
Arpita is a post graduate in social work. She is passionate about dancing and can dance to almost any song. She dreams of a safe world and a clean environment for all.
Favourite IS Moment: The success of the Tasher Desh Dance Drama presented by the shelter residents in IS annual programme 2015.
Gouri Dey Sarkar, Vocational Therapist
Gouri is an extrovert person and makes friends very easily. She loves life and always takes time out from her busy schedule to enjoy what nature has to offer. She is a go-getter and does not let anything come in her way. Gouri is always ready to help others, and therefore her work in “Iswar Sankalpa” gives her a lot of joy and satisfaction.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was when she was praised by her seniors for having decorated the shelter beautifully on a special occasion.
Basanti Dutta, Vocational Trainer & Production Unit Member
Creative Basanti is always spirited with her creations and innovative designs for products taught in vocational training. She feels proud to be associated with the organization and remains undefeated in her resolve to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people. Basanti has a green thumb and unwinds by doing gardening in her free time.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was when she could motivate a very reluctant shelter resident to stitch a new design of bag.
Nisha Prasad, Vocational Trainer
Nisha is a creative person and likes decorating living spaces, especially her own home. She also likes to cook new dishes and listen to soft music. She wants to help those who did not get help from their own family. This goal had motivated her to join Iswar Sankalpa.
Favourite IS Moment: The day Ex-President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited the shelter
Shraboni Paul, Functional Literacy Instructor
Polly Ghosh, Asst. Literacy Instructor
Polly was determined from childhood that she wanted to live well and she worked hard to make that a reality. She likes to believe in people and in values like humanity and cooperation.
Favourite IS Moment: The puja parikrama with the shelter residents and staff, organized by Iswar Sankalpa was the memorable moment of her life.
Bijoli Ray, Vocational Training Instructor
Stitching is not only Bijoli's profession, it is also her most liked activity. She is also very fond of cooking and remains keen to learn new recipes.
Favourite IS Moment: Bijoli feels happy when shelter residents share their stories with her.
Anjuman Ara, Production Unit Member
Anjuman had joined the vocational training unit of Iswar Sankalpa as a participant. Anjuman feels that Iswar Sankalpa has helped her to learn something new each day and inspired her to pave a new path towards independence.
Favourite IS Moment: When she was offered a job at the production unit.
Nabanita Mukherjee, Project Manager, UMHP
Nabanita loves to trek and is always smiling.
Favourite IS Moment: A client came with his mother to the clinic and his mother said that she is now very much relieved that her son is working now and gives all the money he earns to his mother. Though she has two more sons who are not psychosocially disabled as he is, they did not help her out. Our client is now a proud earning member of the family.
Malyasree Basu, Counselling Psychologist, UMHP
Apart from helping a person or helping a mentally ill person Malyasree loves to do anything related to mental health field. Also she loves to eat, listen to music, reading old & new books and travelling to places.
Favourite IS Moment: When she helped one of Iswar Sankalpa’s homeless mentally ill clients to reunite with his family.
Ratna Naskar, Counselling Psychologist, UMHP
Ratna strongly believes that quality of work and life is more important than quantity. She is most happy when people benefit from the counselling and interventions done in the clinic. Sky blue is Ratna’s colour and Sarat Chandra Chatterjees novels are her life. Her favourite movie is ‘Tum Bin’ and favourite song – ‘Jivan ke din chhote sahi’.
Shamima Khatoon, Rehabilitation Officer
Shamima has dedicated her life to the cause of upliftment of disadvantaged persons in society. The serenity of the colour ‘White’ is a reflection of her mind.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was the day the head of the organization told her that she was a special gift to the organization and her involvement has helped the organization to improve its work. These words have motivated her to work harder.
Rumpa Banerjee, Social Worker, UMHP
Rumpa is a perfectionist and likes to be thorough with her work. She loves talking to everyone and reading fictions.
Chameli Saha, Supervisor, Marudyan Shelter
Chameli thrives on challenges. Nothing is impossible for her. She enjoys Uttam Suchitra movies and Sunil Gangopadhyays novels. She has learnt that with positive energy everything is possible.
Favourite IS Moment: Her favourite IS moment was when she could motivate a group of homeless persons in Sealdah to cook their own food instead of buying or begging.
Sankar Mouli, Social Worker, Marudyan Shelter
Pintu Das, Caregiver, Marudyan Shelter
Pintu is a soft-spoken and caring person. He loves to dance and travel to different places.
Favourite IS Moment: When he led the team of Marudyan residents in the dance 'Khoro Bayu Boy Bege..." in Tasher Desh in IS Annual Programme 2015 at ICCR.
Palash Mondal, Caregiver, Marudyan Shelter
Palash is driven by his love and commitment for the work he does. Nothing gives him more joy and satisfaction than helping the residents to become active members of the society.
Favourite IS Moment: Participating in games and fun activities with the residents and the staff at Iswar Sankalpa's annual picnic 2015.
Debdut Debnath, Caregiver, Marudyan Shelter
Debdut is the youngest in Iswar Sankalpa team. He believes in adjusting his ways to suit the shelter residents than expecting the other way round.
Favourite IS Moment: Iswar Sankalpa celebrates each festival and event with everybody in the IS family. He feels great in participating in those celebrations.