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Dear <<First Name>>,

We are coming to the end of another exciting year at Calcutta Kids, one full of successful program implementation, the learning of important lessons, and much inspiring work with our development partners—the families of Fakir Bagan–to get our programs to be as effective as possible.

With now seven years of experience working in the area of maternal and child health, we’ve learned many lessons and gained valuable insights—many being usefully shared with similar organizations in India and elsewhere—about what works and what doesn’t in transient slum areas.  We’re now at a point where we can responsibly begin to expand our area of influence and in turn reach larger numbers of desperately needy women and young children.

In considering expansion, however, we have to take the following realities into consideration:
  • We don’t have the funds right now to replicate what we have established in Fakir Bagan;
  • Even so, replication, per se, is unlikely to be the most efficient use of funds; 
  • CK’s comparative advantages lie in preventive care, in behavioral change communication, and in the creation of change-agents.  In any sort of expansion, we need to concentrate on these programmatic activities.
While we don’t yet have a specific timeline for our expansion, we have begun laying the groundwork, focusing on the above considerations. We’ll be sharing more information as this evolves and, as always, will welcome your ideas.

In this newsletter, the focus is on the comparative advantages noted in bullet 3 above. On preventive care, we share stories about the introduction of our deworming campaign and our continued dedication to our model immunization program and its upkeep.  With regard to behavioral change communication, we showcase stories of children whose lives have been saved because of their parents’ changed behaviors.  And regarding change-agents, we focus on Pramila and the inspiring story of Ajay.

We also take this opportunity to share stories and experiences of our 2012-2013 American India Foundation fellows (Part 1, Part 2); announce our new child development corner which seeks to stimulate early childhood psycho-social development while mothers learn about the best caring practices for their children; and to share a great story of music welcoming the monsoon at Calcutta Kids this past summer.

Thank you for all you do to make our work possible.  We could not do it without you. 

With kindest regards,

Noah Levinson
Co-founder and Director
 

Vital Statistics

MYCHI
523 children
480 mothers
133 pregnant women
Growth Monitoring and Promotion
424 children weighted in November
3.5% severe underweight
down from 5.5% (November 2011)

Immunizations

3891 total immunizations delivered
614 children immunized
(Data: Nov 1, 2011-Nov 1, 2012)

Latest News

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C-Section Series (1,2,3,4): Calcutta Kids' four-part July series on the challenges of working in maternal/child health when C-sections have become the norm
Milena commits another $50K: Milena Kotys raises funds for the operating expense of the health clinic in honor of her father

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Photographs by Brett Cole


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