Education  India Project #58216

Overland Trip to India to help Calcutta Rescue

by Calcutta Rescue
Overland Trip to India to help Calcutta Rescue

Project Report | Apr 3, 2023
Final report

By Priya Ghosh | FR & MIS Officer

On 3rd January 2023 Calcutta Rescue volunteer, Hans Verdonschot set off on an 11,000km overland journey to India.
After weeks of applying for visas and pouring over bus and train timetables, Hans set off from his home in Holland on a bone-shaking three-week journey through 10 countries, including Iran, to raise money for and awareness of the pioneering work of the NGO in the slums of Kolkata. Travelling by bicycle, trains and buses took him three weeks to reach Kolkata. Hans Verdonschot is a 60-year-old Dutch (he's from Holland) nurse by profession and an environmentalist by passion. He aimed to raise money for Calcutta Rescue but in a way that did not bring much harm to the ever polluting earth. So instead of flying through airplane that would have taken him around a day he took the difficult way voluntarily to both support CR and keep the environment safe.
Three weeks after he set off from Holland on his overland odyssey to Kolkata, Hans Verdonschot arrived by rickshaw at Calcutta Rescue's main clinic on 24th January 2023 where he was welcomed by schoolchildren and staff who hung garlands around his neck.
Hans stayed in Kolkata for around two weeks before saying goodbye to us all and going back to Holland on a ship. Ever the aware climate change activist promised to come back to Calcutta Rescue as soon as he can.


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Calcutta Rescue

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
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Twitter: @CalcuttaRescue
Project Leader:
Payel Saha Podder
Kolkata , West Bengal India

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