GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT:Feeding children of prostitutes in Kolkata while their mothers attend literacy classes is part of a program sponsored jointly by Hope for Humanity, the Southern Asia Division, and Amistad International.There is, though, nothing sexy to see here—none of the splashy false-eroticism of Amsterdam or Soho. Sometimes a high tide sends a foot of water from a nearby canal (mingled with roaches, trash, dead animals, sewage) into streets and homes. The children play in it like a wading pool. This is a place of desperate poverty, and it is no coincidence that Sister Teresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying is here. Customers here are poor men: rickshaw drivers, manual laborers.
A FRIEND IN NEED: Karen Kotoske, an Adventist from California, United States, and founder and director of the nonprofit humanitarian organization Amistad International, poses with some of the girls who live at the Soma Home, a project Amistad helped to found.“So if you go to Kolkata,” Karen told me excitedly, “please visit Urmi Basu and her centers for the prostitutes’ children!”
For more information, go to Hope for Humanity: http://hope4.com; 1-888-425-7760.