Howrah Christian School

Howrah Christian School infuses in marginalized children and children in poverty, the ability, desire, and tenaciousness to pursue their purpose in life.

Howrah Christian School (HCS) is located a couple of miles from the busy world famous Howrah Railway Station. Situated among some of the poorest neighborhoods and slums of Kolkata India, HCS has been instrumental in enriching the lives of thousands of neglected children by empowering them to rise above their surrounding and move up in society. Many of the school alumni came from generations trapped in poverty and were able to escape the chains of poverty and impact society through professions in the medical, government and technology sectors.

My father, Zachariah Patnaik ran the school from 1987 - 2013. Being brought up from humble beginnings, he personally experienced the importance of good education and how it can help ignite a child's dreams and desires that can so easily be extinguished when a child is engulfed in a life of poverty. Not only ignite but provide the discipline and perseverance to make it a reality. It was because of people like you who invested in him and provided him the opportunity of education, that he was able to have hope to pursue his dreams and eventually influence thousands of people across the world. It was also because of that investment in my father's education that I did not grow up in poverty. I have been running the school since the beginning of 2013, when my father passed away. It is an honor and an amazing privilege for me to be responsible for this powerful institution. I take very seriously the immense responsibility in ensuring that all the students that pass through the school are given the opportunity, environment and space to learn to thrive and grow into the people that they were created to be. We have made some big changes in the past few months and have some more big changes coming in the future. It is my vision, that we become a model school that is used to influence schools around us and increase our sphere of influence. I hope that as you read this that you are challenged to influence and impact the world in small ways, whether it be a word of encouragement, a smile, your finances, or your time. Thank you for taking the time to visit this campaign. Rajiv Patnaik

Mission: HCS Infuses in marginalized children and children in poverty: - The craving to discover and grow their potential - The ability to dream beyond their hopelessness - The courage to live out their convictions - The desire to invest in people less fortunate then them - The confidence to change their world - The tenaciousness to make their dreams a reality so that they become - the person that they were created to be.

Brené Brown

You can't spell wholehearted without A-R-T.

Thank you Andrea Pippins for using your talent and creativity to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the #TheGiftsofImperfection by bringing the 10 guideposts to life.

You can download this gorgeous flower and a version YOU color here:

Zig Ziglar

Eugene Cho

Preaching to myself...
Live a committed life of peace, love, and justice.


Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar

The Daily Goalcast

From bullied to James Bond, this is the story of Pierce Brosnan, and how YOU have the power to change the world through your passion ✨

Happy Living


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The Daily Goalcast

Jeremy Anderson challenges you to rethink what defines you

Life Stories

A tragic but a very cool story of a man that moved a mountain!

“I started this work out of love for my wife, but continued it for my people. If I did not, no one would.” - Dashrath Manjhi


Jay Shetty

Wow!! What a great video of persistence, the power of encouragement, and the response to success!!

Will he make it? How many of us would give up?

Credit: The Good Quote Arat.gym

HCS christmas 2017

A short compilation of the HCS Christmas performance.

The Focus of a Child

A great article on how development must include showing dignity. Something that we strive for in providing quality education for all of our kids. Each of us have value, irrespective of our backgrounds or socio-economic standing. "The Focus of a Child" project is all about this. Stay tuned for how you can be part of upholding the dignity of a child.

Development without dignity – is not worth having.

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For every $100 you spend on Amazon, you allow us to give one student a healthy nutritious meal every day for an entire month. This meal for the majority of our students is the most that they will eat that day. Please click on the link below and add us to your charitable organization. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Zedbridge. Support us every time you shop.

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A very cool story about Justicebows, Gabe Viggers Garrett Viggers ,Mike Freeman , Grant Elementary Zedbridge and our little school Howrah Christian School in Kolkata India, making a difference in education for underprivileged children.

Click here to support repairs to Howrah Christian School by Jeremy Taylor

My sister and brother-in-law are raising money for much needed repairs in our school in Kolkata, India. They are matching a dollar for every dollar raised. Your $50 dollar donation becomes $100. Please check out their gofundme page. All donations are tax deductible. My name is Jeremy Taylor. I am a part of Howrah Christian School. In 2013, my Father-in-law Zac Patnaik past away leaving my brother in law Rajiv to run Howrah Christian School. This is a non-profit school for underprivileged children in Howrah, Kolkata to get an education. The children pay litt...

HCS urgent prayer request

[04/27/15]   School has been closed for this week due to fears of aftershocks from the Nepal earthquake. The earthquake on saturday and numerous tremors have been felt in Kolkata as well as in Howrah. Appreciate your prayers for our students as well as our teachers and staff!

Father I Adore You

Redding man creates international change

The Action News interview of the school that I run in Kolkata India. Pretty crazy how this came to be! Thankful to Angela for taking the time to interview us and work on the story!! Some of the stuff is not fully accurate but she only had a couple of hours to edit the story and given the amount I spoke when she was recording me, she did a really good job! Redding man creates international change

Howrah Christian School

Promo video for our Indiegogo campaign - We are hoping to raise $8000 by July 25th. If you are interested in partnering with us and helping us achieve this goal, please visit our campaign -

[06/19/14]   A big thank you to everyone for liking our page. We are up to 87 likes! Thank you for the vote of confidence. It is much appreciated. A shout out to everyone that hasn't liked our page yet. Pleeeease like it! Pretty please! We appreciate all the support! Thanks. Rajiv

Educating the poor in my hometown of Kolkata India.

Pictures from the (Best looking classroom competition}. All the students were excited about the competition and really got into the competition. Please take some time to look at the artwork on the walls. Some amazing stuff. Pretty cool to see children that don't have much do such amazing work. It is only because of the support of our supporters that these children are able to express themselves like this. We just installed softboards in the classroom so that these children could show off their work. Days like today make it all worthwhile. Thank you for believing in us and supporting us. Be waiting for even more amazing stuff as the days go by. If you want to be part of this - please visit our indiegogo site - Partner with us to create an environment in our school that ignites the dreams and desires of the poor in Kolkata India.


Bess Heneveld will be volunteering at our school starting this August. She will be working to improve our English standard, start an after school study hall program and help train our teachers on more effective ways to teach. We are very excited to have her come work. She is in the process of raising funds for her trip. Please visit her Indiegogo campaign and share it. Change a child's chances for a better future.

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17 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Rd
Howrah Salkia
711 101

General information

* Has been operational since 1983 * It's a registered non profit organization in India. It is registered with the Director of Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal. * Located about 2 miles from the world famous Howrah Railway Station * 200 students, 14 Teachers and 4 support staff * Lower Nursery (3 yr olds) - Class VIII (16 year olds) * 60% Muslim and 40% Hindu children * We charge a subsidized tuition of $3.50 a month. 60% of our students * pay the full tuition. * We follow the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) standard. * The school is held at a church compound that was built by a missionary called William Carrey, over 200 years ago * We are a Christian school and believe that each child is valuable, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, sex, color, and socio-economic background and was created for a purpose,
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