A lady, Brenda Howley, from Vermont USA contacted Sr. Lucy as she wanted to start a home for children in Kolkata. Sr. Lucy was reluctant as it is too far and she did not know the local language, Bengali. Brenda loved the spirit of Maher and persuaded Sr. Lucy to start a home as she had adopted a child from Kolkata and now the child wanted to give back to Kolkata. With the help of Brenda and other friends from USA, we managed to get a small piece of land. If we had kept the land vacant, it would be misused by people. So Hira and Sr. Lucy travelled there several times and found a small house on rent and now have kept 6 women who were found on the street.
This house is very close to the land and we are able to look after the land as well as attend to the woman and concentrate on the paper work of the land. Suprabha Alhat who has worked for Maher for over 13 years and Meena Bhagwat who has also worked for nearly 19 years, were sent to look after the women and other miscellaneous work. They didn’t know the local language and local customs, but they are enjoying the mission of Maher. Life is not only a challenge but an opportunity for them. We hope to build our own home and move to it soon.