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!