We at HOPE are both inspired and heartbroken at what our colleagues in Kolkata are dealing with during a devastating time. We wanted to share the stories of these inspirational heroes with you all, we think it shows the incredible people on the ground in Kolkata working tirelessly thanks to your donations. Our HOPE Heroes series will share thoughts and stories from our extraordinary colleagues.
Our fourth hero in the series is Chiranjit Mondal.
How long have you worked for HOPE?
Chiranjit: I was in The Missionaries of Charity Home from 6 years of age due to poverty. My father left us when I was 5 years old. Since then I saw the sufferings of life. My mother was working as a Matron in the Missionaries of Charity. I studied there till class X.
After that I started working as a gardener at that centre. Then I joined the Hope Hospital in 2014 and now I have over 6 years of experience here.
How did you know you wanted to work in social care?
Chiranjit: I wanted to help my mother to run the family smoothly. For that reason I started working at a very early age. I like social work to help the needy people because I faced a lot of poverty in my life.
Are you from Kolkata?
Chiranjit: No, I am not from Kolkata. I live in the Village of Gangarampur, District South 24 Parganas.
How does it feel to see such suffering in Kolkata?
Chiranjit: When I see the street people in serious crisis I feel very sad. They are absolutely helpless and they cannot improve their situation due to their poverty. Because I faced a lot of sufferings when my father left us in a very pathetic condition and my mother and I felt helpless in my childhood.
How has working on the HOPE Emergency Response made you feel?
Chiranjit: The sense of responsibility was very motivating. For the first time I felt proud of helping people in their most needy time. The responses from the people have inspired me further to work among the underprivileged sections. I thank all the generous donors of HOPE for their contributions.
Has Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19 affected you or your family?
Chiranjit: Yes, I and my family suffered due to the Covid Pandemic and Amphan Cyclone. Due to the lock down I was unable to meet my family as bus services were stopped. Moreover, I was very busy in working for the Emergency Response Team to be able to take a break. But I enjoyed it thoroughly and it was a learning experience.
What do your family think of the work you are doing?
Chiranjit:: My family is very happy because I am working with Hope and they feel proud of me because of the work I do. I am an inspiration for many people in my village.
Do you have a message for the people who want to know how to help?
Chiranjit: I want to thank all the supporters and well-wishers of HOPE for helping the poor and needy people in our society. I hope people will keep supporting us for the betterment of street and destitute people.