Turnstone Global is a not for profit social enterprise working with relentless effort for the overall improvement of human lives, irrespective of age, gender, religious beliefs, cast, ethnic origin, birth place or disability status.
The organisation started in 1952, for the betterment of the lives of the visually challenged. Turnstone Global is headed by Dr. Kanchan Gaba, a 100% visually impaired lady, who fought against all odds to obtain her PhD in International Law and established herself as a lecturer of Calcutta University. Today, apart from being a lecturer, she is a social activist.
They work for the betterment of lives of the disabled, in particular, the visually impaired; to provide education, training with a view to rehabilitate them and improve their livelihood. A major focus area of the organisation is early intervention and prevention of blindness.
The scale of operations of Turnstone Global spans across eleven states, West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, with more than two hundred gram Panchayats.
They have touched the lives of more than one million in the past decade. At any given point of time eleven thousand beneficiaries are under their care. Several hundreds of them reside permanently with them.
The organisation undertakes programmes and plans its activities based on field level in-depth analysis of the demography and socioeconomic condition of the project area. Their endeavour is to involve community based organisations directly in their project areas where they cater to project planning, phase to phase implementation, monitoring and constant evaluation.
Turnstone Global has been creating impact with a force of 250 staff, more than 500 volunteers and networking partners working in 11 states, 24 cities and 200 Gram Panchayats in India, with its headquarter in Kolkata, through over 62 programs and community-based services.