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E News March 2023 – Helping India’s Poor

India students playing soccer in a field with old, multistory buildings behind

Helping India’s Poor

Recently a team from Neighbours Aid visited the projects we fund in India.

First stop was the Activity Centres where the children living in some of Kolkata’s 3000-5000 slums live with no running water or sanitation.

Many of their parents are illiterate and some are refugees from Bangladesh. The children are often left alone while their parents go out to work as day labourers. The children are enthusiastic students as staff teach them basic numeracy and literacy to prepare them for admission to their local school and provide after school tutoring to help them with their studies.

India students playing soccer in a field with old, multistory buildings behind

150 students attend before school soccer camps which teach them new skills and keep them attending school, a prerequisite for joining.

Opening of Stage One Shalom Teaching Hospital

The team was very excited to attend the opening of the first stage of Shalom Teaching Hospital, which will eventually house a 50-bed hospital and testing facilities.

The Nursing College, which currently has 187 students enrolled in the 4-year degree course, will move to the new facility, which will include accommodation and classrooms for the nursing students.

Shalom Hospital nurses standing in front of hospital building

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