About us

Who we are

Uthana Mission is a not-for-profit relief organisation based in Perth, Western Australia that is committed to helping the under privileged in Kolkata, India.

Our history

Rod Pereira, a former nurse with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service had a life changing experience whilst on pilgrimage to India. Rod worked as a volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, which exposed him to the poverty in Kolkata. Rod encountered people dying from infections, disease and starvation and some days, sadly all he could offer was his company and the comfort of holding those in his arms as they died. These experiences had a profound impact on Rod and he knew that more needed to be done - the Uthana Mission (formerly Calcutta Stations Mission) was formed.

Why Kolkata?

Over half of the estimated 16-18 million population in Kolkata live in officially recognised slums. An estimated 10% of the population (equivalent to the population of Perth) live in ‘unrecognised settlements'. Many settlements lie along rail tracks and represent some of the most degraded environmental conditions imaginable.