The East Meets West Children's Foundation was established in 2008. Our mandate includes providing medical treatment and educational training for abandoned children and children of the working poor. Currently, we have two projects in Kolkata, India, where we have financed life-changing medical treatments for dozens of children.
We also sponsor a crèche for children of slum dwellers or the working poor. The crèche provides close to 40 young children with food, early education and medical care on a daily basis. Without a safe place to go to during the day while their parents are at work, these children are at risk of being kidnapped and forced into begging, prostitution or being sold to those who prey on vulnerable young children.
We are also supporting children who were rescued in a child trafficking ring in West Bengal. The children are currently being looked after by Navajeevan which is the orphanage in Kolkata that we support.
East Meets West Children’s Foundations annual Diwali dinner symbolizes hope and light. The event is around the same time as Diwali the Indian festival of lights. The dinner is a delicious spread of Indian food and a special song and dance performance linking a western jazz singer to classical Indian dancing. The evening will also highlight foundation's work in India, Africa and the Okanagan.
The sold out event is being held at Kelowna's Parkinson Rec Centre. Buy your tickets early as you don’t want to miss this event. All proceeds go to help the children. There are no overhead costs.
Our goal as a charity is to provide support for children in need. Helping as many children as possible, as locally as Kelowna, and as far as India. We aim to provide funding to children that covers the basic necessities for living as well as physical and mental health needs.
This is the story of Eden. Born as Kaveri and orphaned at a very young age. We were fortunate in helping her with medical support which aided in her find her forever family. The Followells’.