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Woman in a Field

Small Help Can Change

New hope for the near future

Welcome to the
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Economic Rural Development Society

We invite you to find out about our activities & support our work. Your small contribution means a lot.

About Us

The inception of the Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) can be attributed to the unwavering dedication of Sri Madhu Basu, who founded the organization in 1982. Witnessing the escalating poverty both in rural and urban areas, Mr. Basu felt compelled to establish ERDS as a non-profit, non-political entity committed to alleviating the suffering of the underprivileged.

Initially rooted in Boral (South 24 Parganas), Vikahar (Dakshin Dinajpur), Thinagar, Gajole & Habibpur (Malda), ERDS embarked on its journey by focusing on non-formal and adult education. Over time, its scope expanded to encompass diverse initiatives such as Women & Child development, Health & Nutrition, Care & Rehabilitation of the Elderly, Skill Development Training, International Relations, and Publications.

Presently, ERDS impacts the lives of approximately 120,000 beneficiaries, striving relentlessly to uplift the impoverished and empower them towards dignified livelihoods. Despite the strides made since its inception, ERDS recognizes that there remains a considerable distance to traverse in its mission to serve the marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

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Our Mission

The mission is to protect human rights, promote democracy, and support human efforts that advance the cause of an egalitarian society.

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Our Vision

A society that fosters democracy, safeguards human rights, and empowers every individual, regardless of caste, creed, religion, or gender, ensuring a promising future while being nurtured in the stability and security of the present.

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Our Values

Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) should not violate any person's fundamental human rights, with which each person is endowed. Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS)  should recognize that all people are born free and equal in dignity. Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) should be sensitive to the moral values, religion, customs, traditions, and culture of the communities they serve.

Our Programmes

In our steadfast commitment to fostering sustainable growth, we are thrilled to introduce our comprehensive program in economic rural development. Recognizing the immense potential that lies within rural communities, our initiative aims to catalyze positive change by addressing economic disparities and promoting holistic development.

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Empowering the poor since 1982

Success Stories

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Build their future

In the heartwarming success story of our rural development program, "Educate Children, Build Their Future," we witnessed remarkable transformations that underscore the power of education in shaping destinies.

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Clean water and access to a toilet at home

The success story of our rural development program, focused on ensuring clean water and access to toilets at home, paints a vivid picture of improved health and dignity.

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Enabling Earning

The Enabling Earning initiative within our rural development program stands as a beacon of economic empowerment and self-sufficiency. By providing targeted skill development, fostering entrepreneurship, and creating sustainable livelihood opportunities, we witnessed a profound shift in the economic landscape of rural communities.

Talk to us

We are here for you. We can help. Our team of experts is on hand to answer your questions.

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Contact Details

+91 9831 654 430 

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033 4044 2777

+91 9831 654 430

Economic Rural Development Society6 Kiran Sankar Roy Road , Ground floor , Room -no 3 Kolkata – 700001 West Bengal , India

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