1st December 2005: Dr. Harrison gathered a group of concerned citizens in Kolkata to discuss formation of an NGO to establish a model of non-institutional care for orphaned children. This followed her work since 2000 in sponsoring children in schools in West Bengal. In working with many NGO’s she found that:

  • True orphans with no family connections were not seen in these NGOs, but were in government institutions without adequate medical care, education, or social development which would prepare them for life outside an institution.
  • There was a lack of quality of education for girls, especially late learners.
  • Reinforcement of caste and class assumptions and limitations of learning and success of students were rampant.


  • Purchase and renovations of 900 sq. ft. house and addition of an upstairs classroom.
  • Received Certificate of Registration of Societies under the West Bengal Act XXVI of 1961. Registration # No. S/1L/ 37263 of 2006-2007.


January 2007: Licensed by the Directorate of Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal, to operate a home for orphaned children.

  • February 2007: Twelve girls transferred from Sukanya Home by order of the Government of West Bengal Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Their ages varied from 18 months to 11 years. The four youngest had profound disabilities.
  • Received the certificate for tax exemption under section 80G(5)(vi) of the IT Act of 1961.


Received registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA, 1976.


Added top floor to serve as a place for foreign interns to stay, as well as extra classroom space.


Friends of Shishur Sevay was established in the U.S. as a non profit 501 (c )(3), permitting tax deduction by U.S. donors.


Ichche Dana launched as an alternative and inclusive school to full fill specialised needs unmet by the government and private sectors and based on needs of the children of Shishur Sevay.