Visit to Lalkuthi children’s home run by Howrah South Point
The Consul general Damien Syed visited ,on 8 August in Howrah, the girls empowerment project at Lalkuthi Children’s home run by Howrah South Point.
The Lalkuthi home focuses its activities not only on education but also all possible support for the development of 48 girls coming from underprivileged families. They are provided accommodation, food and other necessary items like clothes, bedding, etc.
All of them are admitted at nearby schools where they get primary and secondary education. Some girls who are physically challenged are given physiotherapy treatment in order to restore their physical strength.
Apart from education, vocational training in basic computer, batik and hand embroidery is also provided. The vocational training unit aims to provide an opportunity for the girls to take up self employment and other means of livelihood.
The girls are also encouraged in co-curricular activities which include painting, singing, dancing, etc. These activities are conducted under the guidance of professional teachers.
Howrah South Point was founded by Father François Laborde in 1976 to help deprived and handicapped children and people of Kolkata.
This NGO received in 2016 a financial grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the Lalkuthi home.