FOKE

Friends Of Kolkata's Elderly

 

FOKE was established to offer help and support to the destitute elderly of Kolkata. 

BHALOBASHA

FOKE began in 2003 by distributing food parcels to the homeless people living on Sealdah Railway platforms.
The first home, Bhalobasha opened in the suburb of Thakurpukur in February 2004 as a home to four female members. Since then it has become a loving and caring sanctuary for 10 female members, creating a sense of community and security which they may never have experienced before.

CHarunibash (madhubati)

The second home, Charunibash, is in the rural village of Madhubati. It was opened in December 2005 and became home to 13 female members. The home is not only a home for our members but has become a hub of support for the local villagers. We have four Self Help /Women’s Empowerment groups and a follow-up evening school for 42 children in the surrounding area. In 2012 an annex to Charunibash, named Dadur Bari was built to accommodate up to three male members. In 2015, at Bhalobasha, we started a Follow-up centre in the evening for children who come from poor local homes.

At both homes we have dedicated staff who care for the members in accordance with the mission and loving standards of FOKE. 

We also have outreach programs for non-residential members who have been identified by friends or staff and referred to us.
For them we provide regular meals, subsistence funding or medical care as required and on an ongoing basis.

OUR MISSION

To care for the deserted and destitute elderly, and support them during their most vulnerable times in life.

OUR VISION

To care and enrich the lives of the most neglected elderly and give them the opportunity to live a fulfilled and dignified life.

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BHALOBASA BY THE FOKE GROUP

CHARUNIBASH: OUR 2nd HOME

DADUR BARI AT CHARUNIBASH

OUR FOOD PROGRAMME

From our visitors' book

A place of great love and respect for the older people who live her. Magical. Such caring staff. Great fun with the children for Diwali. I hope to return.
Sue Buckle
AUSTRALIA
27-10-2016
Children are really nice and very good in interacting with others. They have a lot of potential.
Keep it up….
Sucharita Chakraborty
INDIA
01-03-2015
Lovely women and men regaining their dignity. Very committed staff.
Michael Symons
AUSTRALIA
25-05-2016
Wonderful work done by the organisation.
Tapan Dutta
INDIA
06-03-2015
A beautiful home for these very special elderly - surrounded by peace and tranquility. A perfect setting for the family members to live out their lives, knowing they are secure , safe and loved.
Mags o'donnel
IRELAND 1-12-2016