Coming to babies' rescue

A Kelowna organization has raised enough money to care for eight babies who were recently rescued from a baby-trafficking ring in India.

East Meets West Children's Foundation, a Kelowna-based charity chaired by Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh, sponsors an orphanage in Kolkata, among several other initiatives.

A baby-trafficking ring was recently busted in India, and Singh says the government there reached out to the orphanage to help find some of the rescued babies homes.

Singh says those implicated in the ring would tell new mothers their babies had died during birth, then take the infants and sell them.

“For what, I don't know,” Singh said. “The babies were found in a storage facility at an old age home in Kolkata; they were being stored there.”

Eight of the children are now living at the orphanage.

Singh visited the orphanage in December and met several of the rescued babies

The influx of new children has put a strain on the at-capacity facility.

“This is really stretching the limits for them,” Singh said.

The orphanage requested an additional $5,500 from East Meets West, to care for the eight new arrivals over the next six months.

Singh will be filing the necessary paperwork today and sending the much-needed cash.

“We know the babies are going to be fed and cared for,” she said.

East Meets West raises funds through regular donors, as well as an annual fundraiser in October.

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