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August 01, 2008 By: dev Category: Newsletters Comments Off

Hope Connect 

AUGUST   2008  update of the

Hope Home  Calcutta
 
 

AUGUST 1 – HOPE HOME CALCUTTA FOUNDATION DAY

 

August 1 is designated as the Hope Home Calcutta Foundation Day.

 

I still remember the conference we had seven years back in the small two-roomed house where my mother lives. Stephanie Naimo  from Cottonwood , AZ and Nancy 

Zuercher from Colorado Springs were present. The movement of the Hope Home Calcutta was conceived that evening in my mom’s tiled-roofed house! And all that has happened in the past five years bears testimony of God’s goodness and provision; it is also a testament of faithful commitment which many of you have demonstrated over the past several years. There are countless people that I should thank on this important milestone of the Hope Home Calcutta. I want to specially thank Stephanie and Nancy.

 

For you wonderful people who are making this transformational movement to grow and make a difference in the lives of children in our lifetime, I would like to say I have said before: “We would never be able to repay your kindness, generosity and love, so we are asking God to do so”.

 

ELIJAH BREEDLOVE AND THE HOPE MISSION ACADEMY

 

Elijah with Grade V and VII students

 

In July last year, a  young man from the Bay area in San Francisco came over to the Hope Home after graduating from High School. Elijah made a one-year commitment to serve the children here and also teach in our School project: Hope Mission Academy . He taught Science, Mathematics and English to the 5th and 7th Graders. Elijah returned back home earlier this week. What a joy to see this young man make such an important mark in the lives of his wards. We have learnt much from him – specially his attitude and capacity to adjust and adapt to any situation. We want to say: THANK YOU VERY MUCH ELIJAH. We wish him all the best in his life and future.

 

And yes, we desperately need someone to replace him. Anybody listening…? We now have 56 boys and girls in our School program. Even if someone is willing to make 6 months commitment – from High School grads onwards – it would help us considerably. Please touch base with me if interested.

 

COGNIZANT COMPUTER LAB AND THE MAP OF THE WORLD

 

                                   

 

Sid Mukherjee, VP, Cognizant cutting                      The 5.5 x 3.5 ft world map- from

cutting the ribbons of the computer lab                    Singapore with love!

 

Finally, Sid Mukherjee, Vice President, Cognizant Technology Solutions inaugurated the Cognizant Computer Lab at the Hope Home Calcutta on Friday, July 11. Cognizant provided funds for the apportioned cost of the civil construction of this lab and also for refurbishing the lab (with air-conditioners, battery back-up system, and furniture). We also received a gift of 12 used computers for the lab. The computers are now connected with LAN and the children are just excited! Thank you Sid, Pinaki and the rest at Cognizant Foundation. You are facilitating tomorrow’s foundation with knowledge!

 

Nanyang Girls’ High School , Singapore , who has been collaborating with us for the past two years, provided us with a 6’ by 3.5’ World Map which is fantastic. We framed it and put it up on the wall of our new hall. Thanks NGHS! Learning Geography will never be the same again at Hope Mission Academy !

 

HOPE HOME CALCUTTA 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 is till on. As many of you know, the estimated cost for this project was around U.S. $ 80,000 .  Corporates are encouraged 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. Keeping on hold 15% of the overall project cost as security for DLP (Defect Liability Period), we have a time-schedule to clear all dues by December 31, 2008.

 

We have also started to  build one more floor of around 1800 square feet for the girls. This is very, very important for us. While the boys have physically moved in to the new facilities, the girls are still living on rented premises close to the Hope Home and have to travel back and forth to the new facilities for their school and all their meals. The monsoons in Calcutta spread over June till the end of September make this very challenging for them. The projected cost for the brick framework, concreting columns and reinforced shed is $20,000. Once completed, we would be able to accommodate another 15 children at the Hope Home Calcutta. We have a waitlist of more than 30 children whose guardians (most of them are orphans) are pleading with us to take them in soon. Our next intake would be upto 5 girls to bring some parity with the number of guys. We invite you to participate in providing this ‘home of refuge for girls’.

 

           

 

HOPE CENTER FOR EXPLOITED PERSONS (HOCEP)(reprinted)

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. We have already begun the process of documenting  life-stories.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another - Helen Keller

 

BIRTHDAYS IN AUGUST

 

Ø       Jit / Joseph -  August 12

Ø       Chandan / Philip  – August 15 **

Ø       Pauzalum / Lum – August 16

Ø       Jayanta / Joel – August 24

Ø       Ranojit /Moses – August 25

Ø       Khusboo / Rachel – August 31

 

** For overseas friends: India ’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 15

 

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.

 


 

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.

 

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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)