The Consul general of France meets the Howrah South Point NGO team [fr]
The Consul general of France in Kolkata Mr. Damien SYED paid a visit to the NGO “Howrah South Point” (HSP) on Thursday 10th December 2015.
Founded in 1976 by Father François LABORDE, it started as a small foster home for disabled children. Father LABORDE now in his 89th year is the pillar around which this welfare centre has taken shape, built on goodwill and a nurturing heart for the poor, which has seen hundreds of malnourished children, TB patients, and destitute families find succor.
Along the years, HSP has expanded its activities thanks to the dedication of many volunteers and the support of many international and national donors, among which, are French organizations, like : “Action pour les enfants des lépreux de Calcutta-Dominique Lapierre”, “Namashkar Calcutta”, “Action et Partage avec Calcutta”, “Terre des Hommes”, “Secours Populaire français”, “Association Enfance et Partage”, “Parrainage Enfance et Calcutta”.
The NGO runs seven foster homes comprising special schools, outdoor physio centres and vocational training workshops. HSP also provides health care services (dispensaries with free consultations and medicine thanks to the support of German doctors), education services (to 2,000 poor children) and support programs for young mothers in Howrah and Jalpaiguri.
The Consul general was pleased to find a group of four young French volunteers engaged in imparting physiotherapy and mental rehabilitation to the disabled children at the centre. 360 Indians contribute to HSP, a discreet but effective organisation.
Father LABORDE inspired the character of the book "The City of Joy" by Dominique LAPIERRE.