Our Activities

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Residential Care

Bhalobasha

First old age home – ‘Bhalobasha’ in Thakurpukur, Kolkata was started in February 2004. Bhalobasha is a home for 10 female elderly members with 4 staff for daily management.

Charunibash

Second old age home ‘Charunibash” at Madhubati Village, in Dostipur, South 24 Parganas was started in December 2005. Presently we have 11 ladies and 3 men (the men’s room was named Dadur Bari and was inaugurated in 2012). We have 5 staff for daily management.

Non-Residential Care

Non-Residential food programme:

Elderly street dwellers receive lunch on a daily basis from a food canteen.

Non-residential medical programme and monitory support schemes

Unemployable non-residential members, women and men, recieve a monthly allowance. FOKE also provides all required medical assistance.

Rescue operation

In collaboration with NGOs, hospitals and local police station, FOKE rescues old men/ women off the street and provides required support.

Education Programme

Charunibash

At Charunibash primary school aged children from poor rural background attend weekday followup school, and on saturday they come for extra curricular activities. The teachers have been recruited locally and trained to instruct and supervise all classes.

Bhalobasha

Children attend classes from Monday to Saturday. The parents of these children are mostly from very low income families. The teachers help the children with the learning gap.

Womens Empowerment Programme

Madhubati Village

The Self Help womens empowerment programme was established in 2008. We have four groups with 14 members in each. Groups have a seperate bank account and the independence to decide how to use their savings. These groups have had wide ranging effects on the self esteem and family dynamics of the members, plus allowed many to escape the clutches of the money lenders.

Health Programmes

Medical Camps

In both Bhalobasha and Charunibash, medical camps are conducted for the members, children and local community. Government medical organisations have been constant in their support of the camps.

Annual Activities

Blanket Distribution

Annual Blanket distribution on winter nights around the streets in Kolkata.

Outings

Outings for the members, staff and children during the Durga Puja Festival.

Celebrations

All festivals and National days are celebrated with great enthusiasm in both homes.

Annual Cultural Programme and Sports Event

Staff Appreciation Day