Dr. Michelle Harrison has been an advocate for women and children throughout her more than four decades working as a physician, educator, and author. Her books include Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome and The Pre-Teen’s First Book About Love, Sex, and AIDS, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,Mademoiselle, and Glamour. The former executive director of Johnson & Johnson’s Institute for Children, Dr. Harrison currently resides in Kolkata, India, where she runs Childlife Preserve: Shishur Sevay, a unique, non-institutional home for orphaned girls. 

Shishur Sevay is a Home for orphan girls, those who have lost connection to family and community and who would otherwise live in an institution. The girls are thriving, learning, and beginning to see different futures for themselves. Our children, abled and disabiled share their lives with each other and with Dr. Michelle Harrison, aka “Mummy.” who lives in the home Our mission is to provide a non-institutional model for orphaned children where they are nurtured and educated so they can be participating members of Society.



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dipak Basu
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 09:32:11

    Truly inspiring, Dr.Harrison! Just goes to show how insignificant most of us are, and how meaningless is most of what we are busy with every day. May God bless you and protect you from the daily adversities that you are faced with. Thank you for just being there.


  2. Kiara Cole
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 22:52:23

    Hi Michelle! This is Kiara, I visited Shishur Sevay early in January with the India Ties group (Heather and Nitin). I enjoyed traveling to Kolkata and meeting all the girls at Shishur Sevay so much that I am doing my senior project on education in India and I was wondering if there is something you need help with in education for the girls? Originally I wanted to try bringing a few of the girls to my school for a semester, but I remember you telling us the girls are behind, for their age, in education. What would allow you to help give these girls a better chance at having a fulfilling education? I am planning on doing some fundraising, but would like to have a complete plan as to what this money will perhaps go toward.
    Thank you!

    P.S. I follow this blog as much as possible!


  3. Dr. Michelle Harrison
    Aug 19, 2012 @ 19:00:14

    Kiara, I just saw your comment, the down side of internet is the occasional missing of messages. you probably gave up on us, but if not, write to me at shishur.sevay@gmail.com. Really sorry!!!!


  4. Somosree Pal
    Dec 26, 2015 @ 11:41:38

    Hi Michelle, this is Somosree,from kolkata….At present I am a guest lecturer at a college, but from the childhood I want to help those who are deprived of their family….I dont know how I could help you and your children,but i want to…please reply me if i could do something for you,and i want to attached with your organization for life time….it is my mission to do something for others,i just want a path to walk along…..


    Jan 08, 2016 @ 17:49:13

    Dear Dr Harrison
    From my friend & colleague Mrs Mitrra Dutta I learnt about your projects. I also would like to acknowledge with thanks receipt of the beautiful books for children, pencils, rubbers you so kindly sent us. Our students cannot see but never mind we can bring cheer to many faces around us by gifting them all these from you! Best wishes


  6. sanjana tulsian
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:28:42

    This is Sanjana Tulsian. I am writing you this email, hoping to volunteer in your cause. I am a post graduate from UK and a resident of Kolkata. I finished my masters in business management this year itself and want to work for the society and offer my help to those who need it.
    Kindly consider me for any available vacancy.
    hoping to hear from you soon.
    Thank you.


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