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July 04, 2008 By: dev Category: Newsletters No Comments →

Hope Connect  

 

JULY   2008  update of the

Hope Home  Calcutta

 


A WORD OF THANKS FROM DEV

 

Beloved friends:

 

Being at the Hope Home  Calcutta provides very little opportunity to entertain any pastime for me. And believe me I am not lazy! But I do collect quotes from different sources and have penned a few myself. One of my favorite quotes says, “There will always be a thousand reasons for us not to do that which we are called to do”.   With the weather around 95F (35C) and a relative humid of 96%, anyone would get a bit exasperated. And dealing with 25 full-time live in children (more than 10 of them now in their teens) and another 40 in our school program… often it’s sunrise around 4:30 and crashing to bed at around 12 midnight? All that I am saying is that the  going is not always easy and gets challenging at times.

 

But then as I look at the faces of our children – some of them now young men and women – I feel honored that our team of caregivers has this awesome responsibility. And we would never have been successful and come to this hour of history had it not been for people like you. Friends who have stood with us the past several years, in all of our needs and difficulties, providing encouragement and resources.

 

I just want to say these two important words: THANK YOU! And I want to share an important plan that we have envisioned as part of our growing process. Please read on. But before that…

 

We truly appreciate every one of you who help us in this journey. The results are there to be seen… transformed and equipped lives that will eventually change our generation and the next!

 

Keep on winning!

 

 

For the past several years we have been organizing the activities of the Hope Home Calcutta under  three initiatives: Child Development Initiative, Critical Response Initiative and Community Empowerment Initiative. During the past few months, we   have been brain-storming about the road-map of the Hope Home Calcutta for 2008 and believe we should now consolidate and expand our operations.  

 

Two present happenings drawing the world’s attention are human trafficking and child labor. This is the premise of taking a proactive stand as an organization. Incidentally, we already have children who have been victims of child labor and emotional exploitation in the past.

 

In this month’s update, we would like to briefly unveil our upcoming project to you.

 

HOPE CENTER FOR EXPLOITED PERSONS (HOCEP)

A HOPE HOME CALCUTTA INITIATIVE

 

 

IAM NOT FOR SALE YOU ARE NOT FOR SALE NO ONE SHOULD BE FOR SALE BECOME AN ABOLITIONIST

 

Rescue, Relocation and Rehabilitation

 

 

The Hope Home Calcutta works towards the transformation and empowerment of individuals and communities through initiatives based on advocacy, crisis intervention, education, rehabilitation, training and resourcing.  It values innovation and seeks excellence in all it does.

 

Bearing in mind the present reality of human trafficking  as the fastest growing form of international crimes, we are attempting to develop an anti-human trafficking initiative through the Hope Center for Exploited Persons (HOCEP) with the objective of preventing vulnerable persons, particularly children and women from being trafficked and enslavement and rehabilitating, providing after-care  and protecting those who have already become victims of this crime.


HOCEP - Stance Against Child Labor

(Dev’s  article for ICFAI on Child Labor during his  MBA program is available upon request)

June 12th is observed as the Anti-Child Labor Day.  With growing number of Child population in India , the problems affecting the lives of children are also enormous. One of the most  biggest and common issue in India is Child Labor. It is a startling fact that India has 12.7 million child Laborers aged between 5 & 14 – the highest in the world.  Most of them work 10-13 hours a day. The number of child laborers is increasing in the states like Sikkim , Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh where there was no trace of child labor some years back.

Article 24 of the Constitution of India lays down that no child below the age of 14 years shall be employed to work in any factory or mine or engaged in any other hazardous employment.

The child Labor (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 prohibits the employment of children below 14 years of age in hazardous industries and the notification issued in Oct. 2006 under this Act prohibits the employment of children below 14 as domestic servants , in dhabas (roadside stalls),  restaurants,  tea stalls, hotels, recreation centers.   Infringement of this Act, will incur punishment of not less than 3 months of imprisonment which may extend to 1 year or with fine not less than Rs 10,000 which may extend to Rs 20,000.

Nevertheless the implementation of this Act has not been effective in eradicating child labor from our society.  The problem of child labor is growing everyday and a large majority of children are working everywhere even in the sectors prohibited by the above mentioned Act.

The Hope Home Calcutta endeavors  for the stringent implementation of this Act and that every citizen will become aware of this law and comply with the provisions of this Act so that our nation will become a better and safe place for children to live in.

Post-Script:

Child Labor has found a new-subtle expression(of superficial ‘decency’) in many middle-class homes, unfortunately even among people we are acquainted with. Friends we know of justify keeping of small children in their homes as ‘maids/helpers’ pointing out the care they provide to them and iterating that they would have probably ‘starved’ in their homes (mostly in villages and slums). While appreciating their good intentions, one cannot deny that it is illegal and even in the best of homes, maids are not treated at par with their own children. For example, they are not given the same education as their own children. Dev

We will keep you posted regarding this and the impact it will make on the Hope Home Calcutta.  We welcome and value your suggestions, insights and comments. Any experience you may have of similar situations in other parts of the world would be a learning experience for us.

 

OUR REFURBISHING IS STILL ON…

 

The needs include:

 

F     24 electric fans. Each fan costs around $45 (Indian Rupees 1700)

F     20 sets of fluorescent lights. Each set with bulbs costs around $15 (Indian Rupees  600)

F     Wooden lockers for the children for their clothes. Each of the 12 lockers needed costs $ 100 (Indian Rupees Four Thousand)

 

Please do  intimate us  of any special gifts that you may send for any of the above needs so that we can keep our accounts properly.

Reassembled beds being used by the guys

 

 

AND JUST TO REMIND YOU THAT …

 

The soccer    drive is still on…

 

Our initiative to invite  at least 300 people who will make a minimum of one time investment of U.S. $ 160 (Indian Rupees 6000) to help us build the first phase of the Hope Home Calcutta has revoked a very generous response from so many of you. The estimated cost for this project is around U.S. $ 80,000 .  In India , we have also encouraged corporate houses to sponsor the apportioned cost of building a room ($3200 or Rs. 150,000).

 

We still need that  one ‘push’ to complete the first phase of our building project (we need to move out of the ‘plateau’!). We urge you to respond to this urgent need to cover  our present deficit of $11,000. Although we should be paying up by  the end of July we have time till the end of December, 2008 to clear all our pending dues. This is because we have by an agreement, kept on hold 15% of the overall project cost as security for DLP (Defect Liability Period).

 

We have already mentioned in our last two updates our plans to  build one more floor of around 1800 square feet. This is very, very important for us because we 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. While the guys would move into the new facilities by the beginning of May, the girls would still live rented houses till their floor is completed – it could be several months before they could move in. The work on this floor started a few days back.

 

           

                      

          Construction of the dorm for girls               Construction of overhead water-reservoir

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR HANDS-ON INVOLVEMENT

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. Besides teaching in our school project, we also need  volunteers  as House Parents, Office  and Administration, teaching, accounts, music and nursing.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them."

Michel de Montaigne

 

God Bless You All.

 

Dev and all of us at the Hope Home Calcutta

 

BIRTHDAYS IN JULY

 

July 1 – Guria-Rebecca

 

 

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

VERDE VALLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, 3605, ZALESKY ROAD, COTTONWOOD , AZ 86326 , U.S.A.

(Please  designate your gift  for Hope Home Calcutta clearly)

 

 

HOPE HOME CALCUTTA

A-7/11, SRIJANI, OPPOSITE THAKURPUKUR CANCER HOSPITAL

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)