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