A Message from our CEO Maureen Forrest Following Cyclone Amphan

A Message from our CEO Maureen Forrest Following Cyclone Amphan

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Last night a super cyclone devastated Kolkata and our hearts are broken.

We are desperately trying to get information and an update on what is happening. There are 14 million people without power and internet so information is slow. We have been working with the street and slum communities since 1999, the most affected people during what has become crisis after crisis these past few months.

This is the worst cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since the 1990’s. Official reports so far reporting 72 killed in West Bengal but that is rising.

I find it hard to put into words how we feel today, how the HOPE family feel for our colleagues, dear friends and children in our care who are suffering. Their lives were already hard enough, then Covid-19 hit them, today marks day 57 of no wages or food for thousands there, now a devastating cyclone.

It is easy to feel helpless and hopeless, but we will gather our strength and go on, we vow to keep working on our recovery plan for them and emergency responses. Thank you for your help feeding all the families these past few months, it has saved thousands of people. We will keep feeding them. If you can afford to help again please do so here.

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