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January 13, 2010 By: dev Category: Newsletters No Comments →

    Hope Connect 


JANUARY 2010  update of the Hope Home  Calcutta

  Dev writes:

Beloved friends:


Wishing all of you dear friends a successful and meaningful 2010, I want to share this poem with you:



Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.


Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.


And when we ponder those who do,
We immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons

We'll have a Happy New Year!


By Joanna Fuchs



Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your care. Thank you for your participation. Thank you for investing in lives of boys and girls at the Hope Home Calcutta and consolidating our resolve to bring about a qualitative transformation in our community through them.



The Hope Home Calcutta was able to organize their first outdoor Christmas Concert at a public auditorium on December 20. It was a wonderful evening with dances, guitar ensemble, string ensemble and a guest soloist (Daya) who last week won the best male singer and received the Galilean Awards in India (Christian media)! We were particularly privileged in having Rebecca Strobl from Georgia emcee the program. The Connell and Bailey families from Colorado Springs were also with us for this event. The Director of the Max Mueller Bhavan (German Consulate – Cultural Department in Calcutta ) – Dr. Reimar Volker was our Chief Guest. Close to 400 people attended the concert! We have the concert DVD’s available both here in India and also in the U.S. – feel free to ask us for your copy and we’ll do our best to reach it to you at the earliest!




(A Hope Home Calcutta Initiative)

Rescue Relocation Rehabilitation


We, at the Hope Home Calcutta (through this initiative —HOCEP, 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.


This is the life-changing life story of Salomi at the Hope Home Calcutta:

  SALOMI (Birthday – June 11, 1995)

Salomi came to us when she was 7 years old. Her brother Moses is also at the Hope Home .


Salomi grew up in a small hut near a railroad station squatter colony in the northern fringes of Calcutta . They had a small room – about 8 feet by 6 feet- with bamboo canes as walls and tiles as roof. Around seven families shared a common toilet and they had to draw water from a nearby pond to clean themselves! Her father used to sell fish in the local market. He was a violent and abusive man who often beat up her mother.


When Salomi was about 5, her grandmother one day informed her about some ‘bad men’ who had just killed her father on a train, put his corpse – all battered and violently tortured – in a jute sack and thrown it out of the moving train. The sack was eventually brought to their courtyard but neither of the children were allowed to have a last glimpse of their father (the police concluded that the killing was part of a local mafia turf-war in which he too was involved).


With poverty staring at their faces, her mother decided to operate a small eating place on the railroad platform after her husband’s death. This was a bold decision as it involved dealing with a number of ‘customers’ at odd hours, many of whom would probably be drunk and try to exploit her. It saved her and the two kids from starvation for a while. But it also meant she would have to be prepared for losses and days when there would be no customers. She then decided that she would approach us and request us to take care of her two children.


Salomi came to us when she was 7 years old. She has now grown up to be a lovely young lady with an excellent handwriting and a strong understanding of English language and literature. She, along with six others are learning to play the violin and music theory. Her favorite pastime is reading story books and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She also wants to look after small children as and when opportunities arise in the future! A far cry from the squatters of the railroad colony where she probably would have been helping her mother in the roadside eatery had she not been at the Hope Home Calcutta.


This then is the story of Salomi – a story  of transformed and empowered life, which is the story of the Hope Home Calcutta! And we would never have been able to achieve any of this, but for your participation in the lives of the children here.


Most of you are aware of the building project we embarked upon in 2006 to provide proper facilities to children who are part of the Hope Home Calcutta. We had a soccer drive (each soccer ball representing 5%of the estimated costs). Later on we added the girls dorm (as an afterthought!). While we were able to meet our budget needs for the girls dorm (stand-along budget) last December, we are still in a deficit regarding our original building project.


While I do acknowledge that this is probably not the right time (nor PC – politically correct), especially in the light of the global recession and the  DD (Dubai Debacle!!), I would nonetheless request you to consider participating in this critical need as a gift for the children of the Hope Home Calcutta during the beginning of this New Year. We appreciate the Zuerchers (Nancy and Greg) for covering up 20% of our deficit on January 31- a perfect year ending gift to the Hope Home Calcutta! And to all our beloved friends at Verde Valley for pitching in too!  (3 Soccer ‘balls’ yet to be filled in)



Some of you have enquired about possibilities of sponsoring children during  2010 (Peter, for one, doesn’t have any sponsor).  A few of our friends who have been involved in the past supporting the children on a regular basis and no longer involved. Some have also expressed interest in the Back-Pack program. We would be giving you more details in our February update. Please write to me for details.




When Someone is Hurting, C.A.R.E.

Connect - When someone is hurting, we often don't know what to say or do. But even simply expressing, "I'm sorry and I care about you," can make a tremendous difference.
Accept - When we try to help someone, it's easy to direct their emotions or give advice. But emotions need to be shared openly. You'll be a blessing by providing a safe place to grieve.
Respond - While it is important to take action. What you do can be practical (like providing a meal) or symbolic (like sharing a thoughtful gift).
Extend - People are flooded with attention when a loss first occurs, but support usually decreases over time. By remembering and continuing to reach out, you can bring comfort and healing.

(This excerpt is from Comfort & Encouragement: A One-Year Ministry Guide for Helping Those Who Are Hurting by Holley Gerth)



January 1     -        Rohit

January  13        Peter

January 20 -                   Cephas

January 22   -        Jitesh


Regards and Blessings,


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)