Calcutta Tiljallah Relief, Inc.
(An IRS approved 'Not for Profit Organization' EIN# 22-3589193)
PO Box 6345, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831, USA
We're happy to report that CTR, now in its ninth year (yes, nine) is alive, well, and on the move! To recap:
In 1998, after IRS approval, our first project paid monthly pensions to 20 seniors.
Today we are providing help to more than 265 seniors in four cities.
In addition, we are educating over 90 children as day scholars in three cities and 57 boarders in two cities.
(Please look for the details, published in various places on this website, of who, where, and how much.
Annual income and expenditure details are also included in the regularly published "Financial Reports")
May we also encourage you, our patrons, to check out any of our projects when you visit India. You will find it an unforgettable experience, one that will, assuredly, show you that your patronage is being put to good use. We would welcome a more activist approach from you - for instance, bright ideas for new ways to fund-raise, beyond solicitation.
The big event of the year was the September release of CTR's latest publication, 'The Way We Were', in Toronto. This is one book that may, unquestionably, be judged by its cover, which perfectly illustrates both title and content. Do take a peek. We promise you won't be disappointed. 'The Way We Were' joins 'Anglo-Indians', 'Haunting India' and 'Voices on the Verandah' as a series documenting and preserving Anglo-Indian culture. Eleven of the contributors attended the launch and a writer's lunch, travelling from distances as far removed as California, Washington State, and British Columbia. All in all, a most enjoyable and invigorating weekend. We are now into our fifth literary project, 'The Way We Are', which seeks to document how we live today, how our yesterday's have shaped us, who we have become. Do think about sending in an article - (the guidelines are under the "Books" menu).
Having visited our projects in India earlier this year, I take pride in commenting here on CTR's good fortune in its dedicated volunteers who, without monetary reward, are making a difference to distressed lives. They are true "givers" - of time and of effort that is both physical and emotional, often in very difficult circumstances. And they are not alone in their giving. CTR is indebted to all those, outside India, who have helped it on its forward path, whether in a literary sense, in organizing fund-raisers, or in other ways. As we get older, we need to question what our lives are about, how much or how little we have given. As our volunteers will attest, helping others is especially rewarding and fulfilling.
Next year (August 11-18) there will be an International Reunion of Anglo-Indians in Toronto. It promises to be an exciting meet that will bring together friends from all over the world to enjoy the social and cultural events that are being planned. It is gratifying that one of them will be a scheduled workshop titled "Caring and Sharing". It will feature a discussion on what is being done to help the less fortunate world-wide. If you come to the reunion, please consider attending this event.
Our thanks to all of you who have trusted and supported us through the years. We still have a way to go. But we are growing. If you know of Anglo-Indian hardship in any part of India not yet covered by CTR, do let us know. We will accommodate as many as we can. That, after all, is our mission.
Ellen and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.
Love and God Bless.
"Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart." (Galatians 6:9)