A pandemic affects everyone but particularly in the most vulnerable communities of Kolkata. Face coverings, food insecurity, a cyclone, life upside down. Children are particularly effected when food is scarce and they are no longer going to school. New Light, operating in the red light district and the villages beyond, has been a trusted shelter and an oasis that provides safety and sustenance to those who live on the edge.
Fundraising has been supporting families in Kolkata and beyond in distributing food baskets, soap, facemasks and more. The young people who have been helped by New Light and have escaped the horrors of life in a red light district are pitching in and packing the food that is desperately needed. After their life has been turned around, their participation by being able to help others is done with purpose and love. We are moved by the response of the New Light kids and how they fully understand and empathize with the most vulnerable.
Your donations directly help the most vulnerable while empowering those who are dedicated to helping others. In the midst of uncertainty, love is lighting the way.
Thank you for continueing to assist those in desparate need.
It is with great urgency I write to you in the wake of a global pandemic that is devastating so many.
The lockdown in India went into effect but the care and feeding of women and children continue with great heroism. Urmi Basu the Director of New Light stepped up her amazing work with the children of sex workers under such dire circumstances.
New Light Kolkata is feeding all of the communities in Kolkata during the Covid19 Lockdown with basic spices, potatoes, onions, and soap. The food is distributed every day to the most vulnerable.
Their goal is to feed more than 5000 families who don’t have the resources to take care of their families in Khalighat and its districts.
A family can be sustained for two weeks for Rs 1000/ which is the equivalent of $14.
Please help us to feed and support the families in Kolkata!
In this new year, I can't thank you enough for the donations you have so generously provided to New Light. New Light gives hope where there was none and provides children with the opportunity to dream of a future.
It is every child`s right to grow up in a world that is safe and secure in every aspect. Unfortunately for years, the issue of child safety and security remains a matter of lower priority in India. Recent research reveals that fifty percent of all children in India are abused either physically or sexually or both. What comes as a shock is that fifty-four percent of those are boys. These are the boys who grow to be adults with little opportunity other than be prostitutes, pimps or drug dealers. As is the case with many other social evils, the ugly head of child abuse and molestation remains covered in the shroud of denial for the longest time.
It has never been more urgent to give safe shelter in the lanes of the red light district where the mothers need to work in the evenings and sometimes all night long children are left with indifferent adults or older siblings. In most cases, the children are totally unattended.
The shelter at New Light is a place for children to be given safety and security. They are given love, food and a place to sleep without concern for their safety. The success of New Light is legendary. The children are educated and given every chance to make it without the stigma associated with their status in the world.
Your continuing support can make all the difference where your funds are wired directly and your wishes for your donation are honored.
Thank you for your past donations. It is with your help that we are able to continue the good work at New Light in Kolkata.
Walking into the shelter is often a surprise. Children are laughing and talking and playing regardless of the stress that they experience on a daily basis. We know that children are resilient but without the help of others and consistent love, no child thrives under relentless stress. It's why we are so committed to the shelters and the homes that cater to the children of sex workers.
The importance of creating an environment of awareness and understanding of the world around them requires them to participate in projects like the Climate Change Awareness Day. The children don't really understand the gravity of the issues but believe that they can do something little or big to make a difference.
The sidewalk outside of New Light was abuzz with children who were chalking messages of love of the earth. They walked in a climate march and felt their actions were important to show that they too are a part of the world and focus less on the struggles that are everywhere for them.
The children are unaware of the cost of keeping them safe at New Light but they do know that they are safe and loved. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children.
If you can donate a small amount monthly, that would mean all the difference for New Light to have some peace of mind that they will pay their bills and continue to feed these precious children.
The great quote by philosopher Margaret Mead takes it best. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it the only thing that has."
When I take a glimpse into New Light, the NGO in Kolkata that educates and shelters children in the red light district, I can't help but think of the staff and of the founder and fearless director, Urmi Basu. This charismatic woman has managed to transform the lives of children who had nothing more to look forward to but slavery and degrading, often violent life paths. When you go to New Light, its a matter of understanding the inevitable path these children who have taken if not for Urmi. Helping the oppressed is Urmi's calling and she does it in a way that instills confidence in children who saw no future but to become prostitutes, pimps or drug dealers. Now when you ask children what they want to be when they grow up their eyes light up and they say, a policeman, a chef, and one bright boy with the aptitude to go into engineering. Not one child in the care of New Light has gone back to the streets because of Urmi. So, indeed, we see time and time again we shouldn't underestimate the power of a single individual or a small group of people to change the world.
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