This month, Anne Brady McQuillans DFK highlight our clients Bekind (IRL) Ltd
Following several visits to India from 2005, Brian Flanagan (Founding Director) decided to set up the charity. Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength.
Brian's inspiration came from his son Shane's experiences in Calcutta in 2004, when Shane went as a volunteer with his school. He was one of 15 students, who went on a student exchange programme. Shane's experiences were to leave a marked impression on him and his fellow students. It was only by going as a volunteer himself with his lifelong friend and now fellow director, Niall Dalton, in 2005, did Brian realise the huge need of the street children of Calcutta.
On January 16th 2012 Bekind Boys' Home (BBH) opened its doors for the first time to 20 vulnerable, underprivileged boys, who are orphaned, abandoned, destitute or living at risk on the streets or in the slums of Calcutta.
The trustees of Bekind Ireland do not recieve any renumeration or expenses for their services. Overheads are minimal, therefore all funds are used for its projects in India.
Below is an inspirational story about a young boy called Manu. Manu is just one of the children who have benefitted from Bekind (IRL) Limited.
Manu Singh is a 5 year old boy who lived with his parents at the pavements of Rambagan area (one of Kolkata’s red lighted localities). His mother used to work on the street and his father Ramu Singh is a daily labourer, his income was about 1euro per day.
Manu's parents did not take care of him. There is nobody else in the family to take care of the child either. He was neglected throughout. Manu roamed about aimlessly here and there in the streets and he did not go to school. He was suffering from the crisis of food and shelter.
Both the parents did not bother about Manu.
Manu was taken in the BeKind Boys home in January 2012. This home is a protection home for boys like Manu.
Manu is now physically and psychologically keeping well at present. He is very active and also very jolly. He is making new friends and trying to adjust in the new environment.
Manu doing his part on Inauguration Day
Manu's story is just one of many of the children which benefit from the love and care from Bekind (IRL).
Since its foundation Bekind has raised more than €300,000 to help the poor in India.
For more information on Bekind (IRL) Limited, or for details on how you can help, please visit www.bekind.ie
Article in local Telegraph Kolkata
Click the above link to an article about Brian and his work which was featured in the Telegraph Kolkata.
Any donation to help us help the little ones without a voice would be most welcome. If you wish to contact Brian directly please phone 0872572907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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