We’re building a new Care Home!!
As the severity of the Covid crisis begins to subside, India is now opening up and getting back to some degree of normality. Some of the businesses which used to provide work for people have not survived the pandemic and have had to close, but KBF has continued to support the local area in a variety of ways.
KBF staff have now received at least one vaccination, Government schools are still operating remotely, KBF continues to bring the curriculum in person to the children who don’t have access to technology. Education in KBF school continues after introducing social distancing measures with teachers and children wearing facemasks.
Some of the children have stopped coming to school for periods or for good and the pandemic has resulted in some families moving out of the city.
Also very challenging is that some older children have to step up and take care of their families. These children are being encouraged to balance the needs of their loved ones whilst still trying to attend school and continue their education.
Care Home Project
KBF has been able to buy land to build a new location for a Care Home. This will provide a more permanent home for the current hospice patients who have previously had to be moved regularly. The name will be changed to a care home rather than hospice as this really does become a home for so many who have no one to look after them.
Work has started!
After a bit of a wait for the rainy season to be over, the building work is now well underway. The foundations are laid, and the walls are beginning to grow in height. An underground water pump has been installed which will provide running water for the building.
The plan is for a two-storey building surrounded by a wall with an outdoor area of land. This can be used for growing vegetables and generally as an outdoor space to support the mental and physical wellbeing of the residents. The land is outside the city and next to a beautiful lake.
How is this being funded?
The project has been made possible due to some incredibly generous donors who have agreed to pay for the land and the building. This has given us an amazing start; however, there are still other costs to be covered to turn this into a home for the residents.
The cost of building in India is higher than you might think. A large amount has already been given, but we still need to raise £25k to cover the fixtures, fittings and furniture. We are hoping to raise £15k by Christmas. This will help to ensure that the building is ready for when the lease on the current rented accommodation expires.
….So we have launched this appeal and ask if you are able to help that you follow the link to our appeal page which you can find below.
Thank You! Cathy x
To stand alongside, support and provide resources for Kolkata Bhalobashi Foundation – a charity helping to provide education, opportunities and care for some of the most vulnerable people in Kolkata, India.