Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District

by Village Volunteers
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District
Educate and Shelter Children in Red Light District

 Dear Supporter

Thank you for the support that you have provided to New Light.  The precious children at New Light are filled with possibilities from the nurturing they get.  Your support matters. 

While this may not be relevant, what occurred to me after seeing a play about Alexander Hamilton, an American revolutionary stateman, and Founding Father of the United States that although he was born in poverty to an unmarried woman and was orphaned in the West Indes as a child, this brilliant young person sought education and was  was able to beat all odds. 

To beat all odds in India may prove a harder road since the stigma of being a Dalit (lowest caste) or a child of a prostitute often carries a life sentence. New Light proves that their fate is not set in stone and that they have all the opportunity to be whoever they want to become with hard work and intention.

The role of New Light is to give children born in a red-light district an expansive and well-rouded childhood. This last month the younger children took part in Art in the Park, a series of outdoor art activities designed by DAG ( Delhi Art Gallery ) that encourages children to explore nature through imagination and creative expression. It was a delightful day for the children to be out in the park after spending months and months indoors during the pandemic. The older girls took part in the Calcutta Club Bakery Festival/Spring Fest where the girls added rainbow colors to the event with their brilliant dance performance. With activities like these, the children can realize that they too have worth. You as a supporter let them know that kindness and love abound in the world regardless.

Thank you!

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Happy International Children's Day! 


In India, the celebration of International Children’s Day was started after the death of India's first prime Minister Jawaharial Nehru. Nehru believed that children are the future of the country and the foundation of society. Therefore, the well-being of every child is all of our responsibility.

The photos attached are of the children of New Light's children's night shelter and Starfish, the day care center. For International Children's Day they had a particularly wonderful feast that celebrates their sweet innocence and their potential. The children of the Kalighat red light district were born into unthinkable situations and have witnessed abuse and exploitation. They are now given the benefits and opportunities that other children have to be educated and to live a life free of violence and fear.  

New Light is one of those places that is filled with love and laughter. The love and care is palpable. In many areas around the world, every day is children's day but here the children are often reminded of how precious they are and that they can be and do anything they aspire to do. 

Thank you for being an important person in their lives. New Light is always appreciative of donations since its one step forward no matter how small. 

Thank you,

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The eye of the hurricane is the calmest part-right in the middle. In times of unimaginable stress, children need reassurance that their basic needs will be met and that they are loved and nurtured. That is the role of New Light for innumerable children. New Light continues to provide a safety net for families. The food, the education and the love are what makes life stable for children living in a red-light district who witness violence and abuse. The children know that no matter the circumstances, they are looked after and will always have a nutritious meal.

Since the pandemic, we have been raising money for food for New Light to distribute to families who are not working due to the dangers of COVID in the streets. New Light has distributed more than a million food baskets and they continue to forge ahead to do all they can for people in the district and in villages near and far who need help. It warms our hearts to see the children who "graduated" from New Light come back to help in the distribution of food and lending a hand to help New Light help others.

We continue to seek support to provide food and support to children even without a pandemic for families. We so appreciate those of you who give a small amount monthly to keep the food and support of the children steadily flowing.

Namaste,

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We want to thank all of you who have so generously donated to assist New Light in Kolkata, West Bengal. An act of kindness is more than a simple act of feeding a child or providing shelter. Supporting new Light is a way to promote gender equality thorough education and life skill training thereby reducing harm caused by violence and abuse to women and children in the streets of the redlight district.

Those of us who love New Light and have seen the results of almost 20 years of work in the area of human slavery and trafficking, know that this program is much deeper because it addresses the whole child and breaks the cycle of intergenerational prostitution and human slavery.

We have recently partnered with the talented I, Rabindranath and She who have rallied their community through their gorgeous dance and music to highlight and support the work of New Light. I, Rabindranath and She is an artistic endeavor to raise funds for sex-workers and their children for New Light. They have pledged to create 8 music videos featuring Indian classical dance and the timeless melodies of Rabindranath Tagore, whose pen always stood strong against social injustice.

Check out their GlobalGiving Fundraising link below. The link below will also provide you with their videos created to engage and thank donors and stating an existing social problem that New Light is tackling.

Thank you

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As always, thank you for your donations in the past and your thoughtfulness in thinking of the most vulnerable. New Light has been highly successful in getting children out of the shadows and into the light.

Operating from the terrace of a temple deep inside the red-light district of Kalighat, in Kolkata, New Light  offers the children of sex workers a safe haven, particularly in the evening hours when streets are the most dangerous and the mothers are working. The services offered by New Light are residential care for many of the young children from the community that includes education, healthcare, nutritional support, and a recreational facility. For theirr mothers they offer income generation opportunities counsiling and more. Over the years, New Light has set up multiple facilities to cater to the needs of children and young adults at risk who are exposed to violence and subjected to discrimination and social stigma. In New Light, the children receive support to continue formal education, and remedial education that leads them out of the red-light district. 

During the time of COVID 19, the red-light district is precarious, and the children are even more vulnerable to the harsh reality in the streets. The shelter is always struggling financially since they have a heart for many children that need support. Those of us who love New Light operate with the knowledge that the world is not hostile, and that people do care about the youngest and most vulnerable. 

At this time of year, with Give Big around the corner, a small monthly donation would be a source of income and stability for the shelter. With fundraising events canceled, volunteers canceled and income uncertain, your donation would provide critical support to the children. 

Thank you and stay safe!

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Location: Seattle, WA - USA
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