From the desk of Mohini Singh, Chair, East Meets West Children's Foundation
The East Meets West Children's Foundation was officially established in 2008. Our mandate includes providing medical treatment and educational training for abandoned and destitute children. Currently, we have two projects in in Kolkata, West Bengal, India where we have financed life changing medical treatment for dozens of children.
We also sponsor a crèche for children of slum dwellers, or the working poor. The crèche or daycare provides over 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 currently 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.
We have taken on another project in Mumbai called Family Home. The centre cares for 20 destitute boys between the ages of 4 and 12 years who are court committed by the Juvenile welfare board of the Maharashtra government. East meets West (EMW) funds have helped create fitness and arts programs for these abandoned boys, which helps support their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Most recently we provided 42 health kits for 42 villages/hamlets in the Kandhmal district, which is in state of Odisha. These kits benefitted 1104 families (2496 male, 2500 female and 1169 children). The medical kits are for extremely impoverished tribal families living in remote regions of Central India. In these regions, due to the scarcity of clean water the people and particularly vulnerable children are often prone to illnesses like cholera, and dysentery. Unfortunately, medical services are at least a 25 kilometre walk through tough terrain. By providing these kits the people are able to receive some immediate care.
We have joined hands with Rotary International in its efforts to re-build a school in Miraj, Maharashtra. True to our mandate we are supporting the educational and medical parts of the project.
In Nepal we have supported educational programs conducted by the Kelowna based Intercultural Women’s Education Network now known as Her International.
In the past year EMW has financially assisted the Karis Support Society. Karis does amazing work providing a home for women struggling with addictions and mental health challenges. In keeping with our philosophy our support is to help the children of these mums who are struggling. The home is in Kelowna.
We continue to help The Starbright Child Development Centre in Kelowna. We have donated to the autism program, bought necessary equipment required for therapy for children with what is commonly known as the flathead syndrome and we are now helping to build a play area for children with special needs. The play equipment is specialized therapy equipment which is used for improving childrens balance, core muscular strength and a lot more.
The East Meets West Children's Foundation board members give their time and efforts generously. The board is comprised of the following generous volunteers: Mohini Singh, Indi Brar, Mike Hill, Medha Prabhu, Sharon Shepherd, Kam Boparai, Ryan Smith, Andy Virk, Garry Benson, Biki Kochar, Pam Sammadar. Consulting Doctor: Dr. Vilas Prabhu, accountant: Gary Lidhar, treasurer: Biki Kochar.
The East Meets West Children's Foundation has so far received funds from private individuals, The British Columbia Government Employees Union’s humanitarian fund, local fundraisers and our corporate sponsors are Kelowna Toyota and CANCO petroleum. We have NO overhead costs, all funds raised go directly to help the children. We want to give vulnerable and helpless children a second chance at life. Please consider supporting us in this most important cause of caring for these precious little ones.
Quote by Mother Theresa “Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love."
That is the philosophy of East Meets West Children’s Foundation.