Here are the various projects we support in India. We are extremely proud to be associated with them:
Under the Art of Living group we support the VVM De-addiction Centre, which oversees and administers treatment to children and young adults who have fallen victim to the scourge of drug addiction. In 2008 Art of Living set up a de-addiction centre for women. We have visited both of the De-addiction Centre several times and we are extremely impressed by the work that is being done there. For more information on the De-addiction Centre click here.
The Bekind Boys' Home (BBH) opened its doors on 16 January 2012, giving a home to 20 orphaned and abandoned boys. Please visit our Bekind Boys' Home page here to read more about the Bekind Boys' Home.
CINI helps mothers and children in India break free from the cycle of poverty. It reaches out across all levels of Indian society by going from door to door in the villages and slums as well as talking to locally elected representatives and influencing public policy. Adopting a multi-layered, rights based approach, CINI works towards a sustainable improvement in nutrition, healthcare and education while trying to protect children whose lives are blighted by poverty. Bekind is currently supporting 10 mothers and their newborns through CINI. Visit CINI's website to find out more.
Don Bosco Ashalayam is an Indian NGO, working with the street children in Calcutta, irrespective of race, religion or gender. Don Bosco caters for the academic and the more practically-minded students and equips them with the skills necessary to earn a sustainable living. Bekind is currently funding part of Don Bosco Ashalayam's Higher Education Programme. To find out more about this organisation click here
The inspiring Sister Cyril Mooney, a Loreto nun who has spent over fifty one years in India, was head of Loreto Sealdah up until very recently. She has been responsible for the education and care of so many young girls bringing many of them to university standard today and setting up numerous projects in deprived areas. She is currently working with the West Bengali Government to roll out her "rainbow schools" across West Bengal.
The Hope Foundation was set up in 1999 by two Irish ladies from Cork, Jenny Browne and Maureen Forrest. Hope runs several homes which care for abandoned boys and girls in Calcutta. Hope also funds schools and coaching centres, clinics, creches, HIV/Aids programmes, vocational training and a Children's Hospital. Bekind and Hope set up the Bekind Boys' Home together in January 2012. Bekind also supports several children through The Hope Foundation. Visit The Hope Foundation's website to find out more.
Rupayan is part of the Art of Living Group (see above) and is connected with the VVM De-Addiction Research Centre. The projects seeks to take children from underprivileged backgrounds and to provide them with a safe and caring environment in which to live and grow. Bekind currently sponsors all of the children in the programme. Click here to read more about this project.
Sanchar is an outreach group empowering those with disabilities to learn and become self sufficient and deal with deafness, blindness etc. Many of the children learn to read braille as well as Bengali and English. Bekind is sponsoring several children through Sanchar. To find out more about Sanchar you can visit their Website.
The below is a video of a house that was built in Kurseong from funds donated to Bekind Ireland. You can read more about this family's story in our newsletter here.
If you search for this place on the internet you will no doubt ask the question as to why Bekind Ireland would be associated with a fee-paying boarding school for boys of presumably wealthy parents.
The school is nestled high in the foothills of the Himalayas at approximately 5000 feet and is some 30 kilometres from Darjeeling. On foot of a letter written in January 2010 inviting us to come to visit the school and meet the students, not the boys but the girls, for this school is very unique in that it is the only Christian Brothers Girls School in the world!
The letter was written by Brother James Joseph and explained how although he was content to be a teacher in this fine school he felt that the real message of their founder Edmunds Rice was not being adhered to. He saw so many local poor children not given an opportunity of an education and knew he must do something to help them. He despite serious opposition from colleagues and superiors founded a school within a school to include for the very first time in the Christian Brothers history, classes for girls.
At the start the girls were verbally abused by the local boys , being told to go home and do what women are "supposed to do", domestic work and looking after elderly family members etc. In many cases they were taunted and even spat upon as they made their way to school.
James Joseph decided to make a roof section above the boarding school an area dedicated only for girls. Starting with only 36 young ladies the school now has 166 pupils ranging from 8 to 30 years of age, the older ones returning to education having been forced to leave because of intimidation in the past. Despite some political unrest in the local area in May 2010 Brian (Director) and his son Shane (Secretary) took a 10 hour overnight train journey from Calcutta to meet James Joseph. They were very much taken by the work being done there and the wonderful progress being made in educating the poorest of the poor.
We now support the school in providing transport for approximately 60 students and addition donations have resulted in new houses being built at very modest costs. Medical assistance has been provided for some of the girls who were unable to afford much needed treatment.We have also brought a number of student volunteer groups with us to visit the project.
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