A UK charity supporting the Darjeeling Railway Community in India
We are a UK charity raising money for the health, welfare and employment of people working alongside the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (the DHR).
Many of the people, a mix of Indian, Tibetan, Nepali and Bangladeshi, have poor sanitation, no running water and limited access to medical facilities.
Unemployment is high, the state education is basic, and many of the schools are poorly equipped and funded.
The good news is that every £ raised goes a long way, and can really make a difference!
WHAT WE DO
We purchased sewing machines and helped to set up a tailoring project for the women of Gayabari village.
We sponsored a computer project at Sweet Angels school in Darjeeling
Updated Dec 2019
Click here for a case study of Rohini school
We helped with the rent for a small school in Kurseong, and paid for some basic teaching materials
We funded repairs to the roof of the Planter's Hospital in Darjeeling
We provided toys, teaching materials and funds for a meals service at Heydon Hall, Darjeeling
HOW TO HELP
You can write to us here:
Darjeeling Railway Community Support
43, Geraldine Road
Telephone: +44 (0)1684 439 516
You can send our secretary Val Mead an email here:
or send us an email using the form below.
DRCS is a UK registered charity, No.1137961. Its trustees are David Mead, Val Mead, Moo Barrie and Derek Pratt. They meet regularly to organise fund-raising and allocate resources to new and existing projects.
The organisation arose from a tour group run by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (the DHRS), who 'wanted to do something to help the local people'.
Vivek Baid, chairman of the DHRS Indian Support Group, has given much advice and encouragement to us. We have also enlisted the help of non-governmental organisations in Darjeeling and Kurseong with first-hand knowledge of the needs of local people.
Visits to the area by trustees and DHRS members allow us to monitor how the money is spent, meet those involved and ride the steam trains!