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Hope Connect Feb 2008

February 14, 2008 By: dev Category: Newsletters No Comments →

Hope Connect  


FEBRUARY 2008  update of the

Hope Home  Calcutta

Beloved friends:


Let me begin this update with a Valentine poem for every one of you precious people:

Be with us in the circle of our love

Be with us in the circle of our love,
Even if by chance you are alone.
Our greetings we have hope your heart will move,
Uniting our good wishes with your own.
Remember there are those who think of you,
Vested in the will to be a friend.
As distant hills give depth to what we view,
Let these words some grace to your day lend.
Each life is lived behind a sheltering veil,
Not lifted but for love. Yet when we will,
There is a wind that shifts the rampart frail,
Invading with sweet scent the spirit still.
Now may we all enjoy this fragrance fine,
Each other's secret Valentine.





A Heart as Big as the World

Much of the fun of Valentine's Day - like many holidays - comes from the feelings we get from giving. There's nothing quite like the anticipation, and then the reaction we see when someone opens up the gifts that we've so thoughtfully chosen.

Valentine's Day, especially, gives us the chance to show a loved one what's in our hearts. This year, I request you to can declare your love and feelings for the children at the Hope Home Calcutta - while also expressing your passion for helping others.


This Valentine's Day, give from the heart - surprise your loved one with a meaningful gift that spreads your love around the world.





The date is now set…OOOPS!  A miracle is being birthed  nonetheless!


MARCH 22, 2008 – SATURDAY is the DAY OF DEDICATION of the Hope Home Calcutta building. We would like to invite every one of you to consider being present on this special occasion which will make our joy complete! We also plan to publish a special souvenir on this occasion which would include articles by the children of the Hope Home . We were constrained to change the date again from the scheduled March 1 as Ruth and Peter have their ABRSM Music examinations on that day.




                        Santu and Rahul                              The construction …


Most of the work on the ground (first for the U.S. ) floor is now complete including the flooring. The doors are also fixed and work on the restrooms is being completed now. The brick laying work on the rooms on the first (second for the U.S. ) is also complete and the walls are presently being plastered.


The soccer    drive is still on…


Our initiative to invite  at least 300 people who will make a minimum one time investment of U.S. $ 160 (Indian Rupees 6000) to help us build a proper two storied 6200 building for at least 40 boys and girls in order to give them a life of hope and love. The estimated costs for this project is around U.S. $ 80,000 .  In India , we are also encouraging corporate houses to sponsor the apportioned cost of building a room ($3200 or Rs. 150,000). The new building – the first such effort of the Hope Home will also help us being perpetually affected by the recurring floods every monsoon that disrupts our day-to-day activities and have even led us to make contingency plans to evacuate the children for the past three  years.


Till date, we have raised up a little over 83% of the funding needed for the building project. Please consider participating in this urgent need.


Our general contractor has also offered us to help build one more floor and give us a credit line of 12 calendar months to begin start payment. This is very, very important for us because we could then have the girls on a separate floor altogether and the guys in a different one. The ground floor would still be functional as study and resource center. We have not made any firm decisions, but would appreciate your advice and prayers on this count.


It is amazing how different individuals and others are getting involved with the Hope Home Calcutta. One of them, L.W. SCIENTIFIC donated a microscope for the students in our school program and sent it across with Dr. Gary and Rebecca Strobl who spent yet another Christmas with the Hope Home Calcutta family in December 2007. The children are all excited to use this new apparatus and identifying the viruses that plague our water!



  Grade 6 engrossed with their new microscope





We are particularly pleased to inform you that all of our boys and girls who are engaged in training in music and dance are performing exceedingly well. Ruth and Peter are doing their 3rd and 2nd grades respectively with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music , U.K. Both have been able to be on the High Scorers list (Ruth for the second successive time). Santu scored the highest among all  the candidates put up by the Calcutta School of Music for the Trinity Guide Hall examinations in DRUMS!! Grace and Guria had their first public performance in Indian Classical Dance in December and were so graceful. Sangita, Rosni and Kaleb are also preparing for their Grade 1 Violin examinations later this year. We are now earnestly seeking for someone to come and teach them the keyboard/piano. The Hope Home Calcutta ‘symphony’ orchestra would then be complete!!


   Grace and Guria performing at Asutosh Memorial Hall


In our December update we mentioned to you the visit of the students from the Nanyang Girls’ High School in Singapore as part of their ‘Community Improvement Project’. Their involvement in physical work in painting etc had a great influence on our boys and girls. They have begun to take the initiative to ‘do up the place’ on their own!


  Rahul, Ranojit and Ranjit painting up the walls!


We are so pleased to inform you and are thankful to God for the good health the Hope Home Calcutta family enjoys. This is important for us as the children don’t have any insurance cover! It is amazing to see boys and girls from such diverse background growing up to be strong and healthy young people. Incidentally, we will have 13 teenagers at the Hope Home Calcutta! Sometimes I wonder where have all the 5 and 6 year olds gone…???




We thank and appreciate each one of you for your participation, involvement, prayers and good wishes for the Hope Home Calcutta. We are indeed blessed.


Please do write to us regarding opportunities of physical involvement with the work here. We do need volunteers  specially in the area of House Parents, Office  and Administration, teaching, accounts, and nursing.


VALENTINE quote of the month


"Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds." -Shakespeare


birthdays in february


February 28 - Mita


God Bless You All.


Dev and all of us at the Hope Home Calcutta



Support for the Hope Home Calcutta should be sent to/checks made out to:


(Please  designate your gift  for Hope Home Calcutta clearly)





P.O. JOKA, CALCUTTA 700 104, INDIA , Tel: +91-33-6534 1083/ 6520 9995

(all contributions are tax deductible under Section 80G of the I.T. Act, 1961)