This year, our Easter Appeal is raising money for our Communities in India.
Our Communities in India change people’s lives. For more than forty years, L’Arche Kolkata has been a place of sanctuary and belonging.
Many of the children and adults supported by L'Arche were orphaned, sometimes found on the streets or on train station platforms, exposed to extreme poverty, often to discrimination and, sometimes, violence.
There are five L’Arche communities in India: Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Asansol and Nandi Bazar. As well as being a home for life for some of the most vulnerable people in Indian society, L’Arche also provides vocational activities and training, education, basic healthcare, as well as love and friendship to people with learning disabilities.
In a context in which there is almost no state funding, L'Arche India is reliant on local fundraising, social enterprise and overseas support. Through increased investment, our Communities in India will be able to welcome more people and support more families through our outreach programmes.
L’Arche Kolkata has been telling stories since it began in 1973. There are the founding stories, and the funny stories, and the hard and heartbreaking stories.
Somnath, who is eight, lives with his mother, Pam Pa, father and sister in Kolkata. The family is supported by L’Arche Kolkata through their outreach programme.
When a life is over, we grieve. But there are certain lives, even certain populations, which society would have us forget.