In India, many children live on the roadside. Such children spend their lives hopeless and hungry, living on the streets. Arun Sengupta is empowering thousands of children living on the streets of Calcutta by providing them education, shelter, and food.
Arun’s Childhood Struggles
Arun Sengupta lost his father in 1968. Arun’s mother turned to alcohol, and his sister started working to support the family. Unfortunately, Arun contracted Tuberculosis. He was thrown out of the neighborhood. He was abandoned and left to live on the streets filled with hopelessness. One day, he was recused by mother Teresa. He stayed in her care for two months, then moved on with his life.
Education and Job
Arun took up odd jobs to complete his education. After completing his education, he worked in the corporate world for 45 years. After retirement, Arun returned to Calcutta. He observed that the streets of Calcutta, even after twenty years, were filled with homeless and hopeless children living on the streets of Calcutta.
Birth of Notun Jibon
Life had given Arun a second chance. He had been through the same thing and was saved by Mother Teresa. He decided to do something about the situation of children living on the streets of Calcutta.
On New Year’s Eve, Arun, his wife, and a few colleagues distributed 200 blankets to the homeless kids sleeping on the streets. An NGO was established known as ‘Notun Jibon.’ In February 2019 Notun Jibon became a trust. The major focus of the organization was to teach underprivileged kids.
Every morning, Arun started visiting different slums and teaching children. He would also play with them and feed them. Over the years, Arun has served over 3991 lives. He actively finds homeless kids and tries to help them.
Evening School For Children
Arun Sengupta and his team have also rescued sex workers from Kalighat. In 2019, an evening school was set up by Notun Jibon. The school provides evening snacks to the children. Various classes like sports, academic classes, art classes are held for the children. The school has employed the women who were rescued from Kalighat. They are referred to as ‘Nari Shakti.’
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During these COVID times, the women of the team ‘Nari Shakti’ are teaching women of Sunderban how to make mosquito nets. The beneficiaries are the widows of fishermen who lost their lives because of corona.
Many people support the organization by making huge donations. Arun has invested all his life’s savings in the organization’s development. Arun wishes to help more children and give them a second chance in life.