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
Boys home residents
Boys home residents

Dear Donor

 

Thank you so very much for the support you have given to New Light's shelter and homes. The program director, Urmi Basu belives that its 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 remained 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, hence, the development of the boys home. As is the case with many other social evils the ugly head of child abuse and molestation remained covered in the shroud of denial for the longest time.  

However, n the digital age when the world is watching the entire nation has to wake up to these disturbing facts and take action. At New Light the need for a safe shelter could not be more urgent. In the lanes of many red light districts where the mothers need to work in the evenings and sometimes all night long children are often left with indifferent adult supervision or are totally unattended. Years ago the founder and other members of New Light felt the need to provide a safe and secure shelter for the children of the community which resulted in the creation of a program that began with an evening creche. The same services today have been extended to all other programs under New Light which try to guarantee highest level of child safety and security.

New Light believes that whether one addresses healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there's no better place to start than in the corridors of education. To shape a better tomorrow New Light's main aim is provide first class education to each and every child.  We all have to agree that the most important people and those who can make a difference are teachers. 

An immense thank you for your generostity in helping New Light continue with their important work.

Warmest regards,

Shana

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learning to floss
learning to floss

Dear Donor,

It's always a special day when I report about New Light. I can recount what progress is being made or just the importance of the everyday lessons that are learned at New Light for the children of the red light district.

Recently there has been an emphasis on talking about safety and one issue is fire safety. New Light put together with the help from a fire marshal an evacuation program and conducted a fire drill. The staff members and caregivers know the importance of preparing the children for the procedures and practices during a fire to ensure that all children and staff understand what they need to do if there is a fire. The first drill was a successful one - fast, systematic and structured. Fire can spread fast in these communities and we must make sure the children are safe. 

Another importatn program that we have conducted is to teach oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene will generally help children with dental issues to be healthier and happier. We all know how a toothache can ruin our day but there are those who live day in and day out in pain. Since corrective dental care can be expensive, the caregivers make certain that the children are practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep their teeth clean and healthy. 

The photo shoes a volunteer helping with brushing and flossing. We send volunteers to New Light so if you are interested in working at the shelter, please don't hesitate to contact me at shana@villagevolunteers.org.

Thank you for your support.

Shana

 



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New Light residents
New Light residents

Dear Donor,

This is just one success story of so many. We are grateful that the support to New Light is life changing. 

“I am Riya and I am a student of New Light Syamatara. Today, I am very proud and happy to state that I have been a student of this centre since its inception in 2003, 16th July and when it was known as the Dalit Centre.

Dalit, meaning "oppressed" in Sanskrit and "broken/scattered" in Hindi/Urdu, is a term for the members of lower castes in India. The term is mostly used for the ones that have been subjected to untouchability. Dalits are the manual scavengers, the removers of human waste and dead animals, leather workers, street sweepers and cobblers. The mere touch of a Dalit was considered "polluting" to a caste member. Thus, the concept of "untouchability" was born.

New Light set up a multi-functional shelter for the children of the Dalit community located behind the crematorium in Keoratala, Kolkata and till date, the shelter offers all the services to the targeted community that were originally offered at the Kalighat shelter. It was with the aspiration of changing the lives of the young ones in that community through education, health care, nutritional support, recreational facility and HIV/AIDS care that New Light set up this shelter.


In April 2017 the centre got a grand face-lift and there stood in front of us a brand new, expanded shelter for the children at the Keoratala grounds and the then Dalit Centre was now known as New Light Syamatara. Today the total number of children registered at Syamatara is 50 and all of them are beneficiaries of New Light.  
I am extremely proud of the fact that today; I am a student at New Light Syamatara. I take this opportunity to thank Urmi Ma’am from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity and for giving the opportunity to many more oppressed children like me who today dare to dream and look forward to achieving their dreams. We love and respect you a lot, Ma’am. Would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my teachers at New Light who have stood beside and supported us throughout” – Riya, Class IX, Vidya Niketan on New Light Syamatara's 14th birthday celebration.

New Light is very proud to be part of these young people's journey. 

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the wonderful work of New Light shelters. 

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children at New Light

Dear Donor,

Thank you for donating in the past. New Light Shelter is a home of love. Considering the life challenges in a red light district, the children come to the shelter with great happiness as they enter the building that is always abuzz with activity. The goal is to educate, provide health care, and to feed the children to grow as any child deserves. The faces of the children are like any other children -.full of hope, love and eager to learn and be with other children. 

The biggest challenge that is faced every day is the cost of caring for so many children. Last year a Boys Home was opened to give the boys a better life as had been accomplished with the girls. Without the opportunity to go to school and develop respect for women, the boys would be street kids and their only way they could make a living would be to become a pimp or drug dealer.

The shelter was established for children to come while their mothers are working in one of the biggest red light districts in Kolkata. Before New Light, the children were in the streets, or sleeping under the bed of their mother.

When you walk into New Light, it feels like a "new light" comes over you and for the children who are exposed to the warmth of the workers and the stimulating atmostphere, we ask that people consider how important New Light is to breaking the chain of abuse and sexual exploitation .  Subscribing is a way to give something each month to give them the chance at a life free of violence. 

Thank you,

Shana

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At Rotary Club Leadership Award Ceremony
At Rotary Club Leadership Award Ceremony

Dear Donor,

Thank you for your continuing support of New Light in Kolkata. Child safety and security remains a matter of low 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 covered in the shroud of denial.

 At New Light the need for a safe shelter is a top priority for boys and girls. In the lanes of many red light districts where the mothers need to work in the evenings and sometimes all night long children are often left with indifferent adult supervision or are totally unattended.

New Light began as a program that began with an evening shelter. Now the shelter has grown to include safe homes for both girls and boys where the children are educated and kept away from the evil influence always lurking. The beauty of New Light is that it is not just a safe space and home but is also a place filled with music, dance and art where the children express themselves creatively.  

The photo was taken as part of Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards for youth14-30 year-olds. The New Light youth placed well. Barsha Sarkar, from Sonar Tori, secured the First prize in Solo Dance category and Second position in Debate. The group participation from New Light won the Second position in Drama and Third in Collage Making. Team New Light came in Second in overall participation.

Team New Light stood Second in Overall Participation. Kudos to the entire team!

Donations are what helps us keep the kids learning and breaking the cycle of abuse. The children love having volunteers too so if you are incluined, you can apply https://www.villagevolunteers.org/

Thank you!

Shana

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