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.
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.
Elderly street dwellers receive lunch on a daily basis from a food canteen.
Unemployable non-residential members, women and men, recieve a monthly allowance. FOKE also provides all required medical assistance.
In collaboration with NGOs, hospitals and local police station, FOKE rescues old men/ women off the street and provides required support.
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.
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.
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.
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 Blanket distribution on winter nights around the streets in Kolkata.
Outings for the members, staff and children during the Durga Puja Festival.
All festivals and National days are celebrated with great enthusiasm in both homes.