A New Home for Kumar
A NEW HOME FOR KUMAR
IN 2017 WE ARE GOING TO BUILD OUR OWN HOME FOR THE CHILDREN OF MY NAME IS KUMAR
And you can help us do this. Our new home will have residential space for at least 50 children from the Londor community, as well as play areas, study spaces, a kitchen and an outdoor area. Watch the video to find out more and how you can be a part of things.
The background story
For the last 3 years we have rented the building that has served as the My Name is Kumar and CARE Foundation home. It’s a tall building with a small kitchen garden and space for playing and studying. We have a good relationship with the landlord and it’s been our home.
However, as we have grown to house more children coming from the Londor community (nearly 50) we have needed to rent more property. In addition to this, local state law changed so that boys and girls over a certain age who live in children’s homes cannot sleep in the same building.
Why we are doing this
Right now we are not just one house, we are three. These houses are spread across the city and house the children in three groups: the younger girls, older girls, and the boys.
We have been forced to split up siblings and cousins. Some of our kids have to travel long distances to school, parents have to travel further to visit their children and the cost of housing and transport is far higher.
Moreover, state law changed in 2016 so that children's homes will not be allowed to run in rented accommodation as of the beginning of the next academic year. This means that we must own the building we operate from.
WHY BUILD NOT BUY?
We have spent a lot of time searching for the one perfect home that meets our needs. It must be close to the children’s school, close to the Londor community, have enough space for everyone and fulfill all the legal requirements. However, this place just doesn’t exist... yet.
Our New Home
Our new home will be a safe place for the children to sleep, study and play. It will allow us to open our doors to more children from the community who are currently on our waiting list.
By offering extra space to at-risk children on a short term basis, the home will also give us the capacity to help families out when they are going through a particularly rough time.
In the future, when we break the cycle of poverty for the Londor community and ensure our Indian partners CARE Foundation can operate independently, the building will be used to benefit other marginalised and socially excluded communities living in poverty in the local area.