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Terrorist attacks in India

November 27, 2008 By: dev Category: Mini Updates Comments Off

I would like to wish all of you a Blessed Thanksgiving today.


However, this is also an urgent appeal to pray for India .


Last night, India’s financial capital Mumbai (formerly Bombay) came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists – using the sea route to enter the city - used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s and 56s, and rocket propelled grenades and other weapons to strike over 10 landmarks across the city including targets — busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway of India and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard and the Nariman House. More than 150 people have died and over 350 injured. At the time of writing this – Thursday, November 27, 8 p.m. – the gunfight is still on (even after 23 hours) and the  terrorists are reported to be holding tourists and other guests hostage in two five-star hotels, the Taj Intercontinental and Trident which face the waterfront across the Arabian Sea close to the city's most important landmark, the Gateway of India. They have particularly targeted American, British and moreso  Israeli nationals.


This has been dubbed as the 9/11 of India . Most world leaders, including President Bush, the British Premier, the U. N. Secretary General, and a host of other leaders have condemned this dastardly act.


Pray for peace and safety of the people of India and elsewhere in India . Pray especially for American, British and Israeli citizens in India .


You could follow the updates on www.bbc.com, www.cnn.con, www.ndtv.com, www.timenow.tv




Hope Connect Nov 2008

November 11, 2008 By: dev Category: Newsletters Comments Off

Hope Connect  

NOVEMBER  update of the Hope Home  Calcutta




Dev writes:


Beloved Friends:


 A special Thanksgiving Poem for you! I call it the ‘Chain of Grace’…


A Thanksgiving Poem - Unknown

The tear another's tears bring forth,
The sigh which answers sigh,
The pulse that beats at other's woes,
E'en though our own be nigh,

A balm to bathe the wounded heart
Where sorrow's hand hath lain,
The link divine from soul to soul
That makes us one in pain,

Sweet sympathy, benignant ray,
Light of the soul doth shine;
In it is human nature giving
A touch of the divine.


We want to THANK YOU – every one of you for participating in the lives of the children at the Hope Home Calcutta. Your involvement and sacrifice is making a life-changing, world impacting transformation in their lives. Please remember the Hope Home Calcutta family, specially the children on Thanksgiving Day!




We are so thankful to all of you who helped us to organize the World Food Day 2008’ on October 16. More than 50 people who were invited  came and partook of the special lunch organized by the children of the Hope Home Calcutta. Just to remind you, we had encouraged  that on or around that day,  all our  friends all around the world host a meal for their friends, family and associates and challenge them to share their resources  that will help put food on the tables of the poor children in Calcutta through the Hope Home . Thank you for your response.




Hope Home Calcutta is initiating the ‘Back Packs 2009’ campaign which aims to help support orphan and underprivileged children with school supplies, fees, uniforms, shoes, stationary and books to enable them to do study and do better in our school program. Presently we have 58 students and would like to provide school supplies to a minimum of 25 children in the beginning of 2009.


Individual students in more developed countries could, on their own with help from their families or, join together as a class pooling in their resources to take part in the ‘Back Packs 2009’  campaign. A few years back a school in Phoenix organized a play ‘The Cotton Patch Gospel’ to raise funds for school furniture of the Hope Mission Academy ! Creative opportunities are plenty!


Consider this: Of the over 400 million children in India below the age of 18 (40%), less than 80 million go to school                




(A Hope Home Calcutta Initiative)

Rescue Relocation Rehabilitation


At the Hope Home Calcutta initiative—HOCEP, we are seeing to work  towards the transformation and empowerment of individuals and communities – ESPECIALLY CHILDREN (CHILD LABORERS)  through initiatives based on advocacy, crisis intervention, education, rehabilitation, training and resourcing.


Bearing in mind the present reality of human trafficking  as the fastest growing form of international crimes, we realize that the need is great. Unimaginably great. Like the fact that in India there are  17  million child Laborers aged between 5 & 14 – the highest in the world.  Most of them work 10-13 hours a day often for no wages (only food) or given a pittance.


The facts speak for themselves:

Ø      40% (400 million) of India ’s population is below the age of 18

Ø      17 million child laborers in India (world’s largest population of child laborers)

Ø      Less than 20% of India ’s children go to school

Ø      One in every 10 children is disabled in India

Ø      Only 38% of India ’s children below the age of 2 are immunized

Ø      One in every 5 children in India below the age of 14 suffers from diarrhea



 The soccer  drive is still on…

The girls dorm room under construction

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 .  We have  also encouraged businesses and  corporate houses to sponsor the apportioned cost of building a room ($3200 or Rs. 150,000). The girls’ dormitory remains incomplete and is in urgent need of US $ 15,000 to complete. This is an urgent need as we have to clear the dues to the contractor by December, 2008.





Bureaucracy  is a major issue in India . Earlier this year, we embarked on a project to get passports for the children at the Hope Home to give them identity and proof of citizenship. This was a challenge as very few of them have any documentation and birth records. The passport office politely refused. We negotiated and pleaded. At the end of 10 months, four of the children have passports of their own!


It is  our dream to have a few of them (maybe 4 ) go over to the   US in the summer of  2010 – playing their violins and drums and performing Indian classical dance. Like many of our earlier dreams at the Hope Home, this too might seem ‘outrageous’ but we are looking forward to this dream come true. The project is only in its conceptual stage. There are many issues involved in the logistics of such a visit- their U.S. visa, duration of visit, schedule, renting of a van, volunteers to drive them for two weeks, COSTS… I have already shared this with a handful of my friends and they are excited. We welcome ideas, suggestions, offer of help with logistics and costs…we believe it is going to be a life changing experience for them and an opportunity for some of you to meet some of the children at the Hope Home  in whose lives you have faithfully participated over the years.





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.


quote of the month


"God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons." - Jeremy Taylor




November 30 – Amit



God Bless You All. Blessed THANKSGIVING.



Dev and all of us at the Hope Home Calcutta



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

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