The House of Hope is a small scale project run by a few people in Kolkata. A lady, along with some helpers, opens her house to the street children and provides them with a safe environment where they can receive food, shelter, education and health care as well as the most important gift which is love! Most of the children she cares for still live on the streets though she has been able to offer seven children a place in her home full-time, before they lived with her, they too lived on the street.
As well as looking after children full time and opening her house to become a day centre, she also supports the local young mothers of the area. Often these young mothers are aged somewhere between thirteen and seventeen. It is an Indian run project which is great because it means it is built on personal relationships and there are no language or cultural barriers to get in the way. The House of Hope is an amazing project and it makes a huge difference to so many people who would be otherwise unsupported and lacking the care they so desperately need.
Recently I have been making a range of cards which will shortly be on sale at Wild Heather Crafts in Orkney. Wild Heather Crafts is a new shop situated on the island of Hoy which opened in May 2014. It is well stocked with handmade goodies (ranging from furniture to soap!) and Orkney food hampers. The cards will be on sale to support the work of Gogo Olive, a brilliant charity which does amazing work in Zimbabwe. Wild Heather Crafts has not only offered a space to sell these cards, they have refused any commission on sales so every penny given for these cards will go to the charity! Each card is unique, there are designs suitable for a range of occasions (including non-specifics!) and they are all blank inside. If you get the chance I recommend you pop along to the shop and see what's on offer!
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