Khushi Feet

running in conjunction with Khushi Hands as part of the Khushi Kolkata initiative.

Coming Up

Khushi ChristmasCome and celebrate Christmas with Khushi Feet at our festive family-friendly Coffee Morning! It will be held at Faversham Baptist Church on Saturday 10th December from 10am until 12:30pm. There will plenty of fun to be had for people of all ages, including . .

– Khushi the Cow’s Grotto
– Game & Activities for Children
– Bric-a-Brac Bargains
– Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Sweet & Savoury Treats
– Sponsor a Street Child

PLUS! The Launch of Khushi Hands – a Community Interest Company which sells artisan Indian recycled-sari products (cards, bags, purses etc) handcrafted by underprivileged women living in Kolkata. Grab yourself a beautiful and ethical Christmas gift.

See you there!

About

Khushi Feet is an exciting charity (Registered Charity Number: 1150339) based in Kent which raises money and awareness for schools for street children in Kolkata. It was established by Emily Cook (in March 2012), in response to visiting the street schools in Kolkata with a team from Faversham Baptist Church (summer 2011).

Beginnings

Emily at Hatibagan Mobile School, Summer 2011
Emily at Hatibagan Mobile School, Summer 2011

“In the Summer of 2011, I went to Kolkata, India with a team from Faversham Baptist Church and had the opportunity to work in schools for street children. I was fascinated by how the volunteer teachers ran the schools with such limited resources. I was delighted by how excited the street children were to be at school, and could see how much of a difference an education was making in their lives. After returning to the UK, I wanted to do something to raise awareness and funding for these street children and their schools. My vision is to get as many people as possible involved in Khushi Feet’s fundraising activities and to help change young lives in Kolkata.” Emily Cook

What does ‘Khushi Feet’ mean?

The children at the street school have very few clothes and run around barefoot. At the same time they are some of the happiest children you could ever meet! ‘Khushi’ is the Bengali word for ‘happy’.

Read more: Footsteps to Freedom

Sponsor a Child

Believing that education is the first footstep to breaking the cycle of poverty, Khushi Feet works to fund education for children living on the street or in deprived areas in India.

You can now sponsor a child being educated in a hostel (school with accommodation) run by our partners GNCEM in Kolkata. Sponsorship of £25 a month will help to feed, clothe and educate a child who would otherwise receive no education.

Donate

Donate Now

There are several ways you can donate to Khushi Feet. Thank you so much for anything you can give! 

How to Donate to Khushi Feet (Donation Form pdf)

One-off Text Donation

Text 'FEET29' followed by the amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070. For example: to give £5, text: FEET29 £5. Texts are charged at your mobile phone operator's standard rate. The charity will receive 100% of your donation. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information, please visit www.justgiving.com/info/terms-of-service.

 

Online Donation

One-off or regular online donations, click here:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Donations by cheque or bank transfer

Account details and information can be found on our Donation Form. Please complete the Gift Aid declaration where possible and return it to us.

Regular Donations

If you are able to give any amount regularly it will be much appreciated and we can increase your donation by 25% at no cost if you are able to sign the Gift Aid declaration. You can set up a standing order using our Donation Form, or use our online giving page.

Team

Khushi Feet is very fortunate to have a fantastic team of people who work hard to ensure things run smoothly. All our trustees are volunteers. Meet the Khushi Team:

 

Emily Cook (Chair)

Emily Cook (Chair)

Emily founded Khushi Feet after visiting the street schools in Kolkata with a team from Faversham Baptist Church in 2011. She is a freelance editor and writer, currently working as editorial assistant for Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who: The Complete History. Interesting Fact: Emily has two degrees from the University of Kent.

Dr. Hugh Matthews (Secretary)

Dr. Hugh Matthews (Secretary)

As well as being a Doctor, Hugh is our very efficient secretary. He does all the paperwork so Emily doesn’t have to! Interesting Fact: Hugh used to be a steam train fireman.

Luke Revell (Treasurer)

Luke Revell (Treasurer)

Luke is a secondary school Maths teacher. With a degree in Accounting and Finance, Luke enjoys number crunching… good job too, as he is our treasurer! Interesting Fact: Luke likes exploring the Star Wars expanded universe.

Rev. Geoff Cook (Trustee)

Rev. Geoff Cook (Trustee)

Geoff is the minister at Faversham Baptist Church. He has been to Kolkata three times (in 2009 as well as leading the team from Faversham Baptist Church in 2011 and Khushi Feet in 2016) and has been involved with the work of GNCEM each time. Interesting Fact: Geoff is a life-long supporter of Chelsea FC.

Stefano Gould (Trustee)

Stefano Gould (Trustee)

Stefano has supported our fundraising since the beginning. He is currently on a gap year volunteering out in Uganda. Interesting Fact: In August 2014, Stefano went on an expedition to Borneo.

Daryl Haines (Trustee)

Daryl Haines (Trustee)

Daryl is a student with a creative flair, currently studying on an Art Foundation course at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury. Interesting fact: Daryl has a collection of over 50 animal skulls, as well as many animal bones.

Lesley Jackson (Trustee)

Lesley Jackson (Trustee)

Lesley is a Legal Cashier who works in London after making the change from teaching Primary school children – useful experience for dealing with Solicitors sometimes! Interesting fact: Lesley is a science fiction fan and enjoys attending Conventions.

Kevin Martin (Trustee)

Kevin Martin (Trustee)

Kevin once spent 3 weeks travelling around Rajasthan and thoroughly enjoyed himself (apart from the bit with the camel) and is looking forward to being able to give something back as a thank you for the warmth and kindness he experienced in India. Interesting fact: Kev can juggle, both physically and metaphorically.

Stephen Palmer (Trustee)

Stephen Palmer (Trustee)

In 2011, Steve visited Kolkata as part of the Faversham Baptist Church Team. He hopes to visit India again to follow up on the work going on there. Interesting Fact: Steve has also had contact with educational charities in Tanzania & Uganda and has visited both countries.

Khushi the Cow (Mascot)

Khushi the Cow (Mascot)

Khushi the Cow is the final member of our team. She helps us raise money and awareness for schools for children who live on the streets of Kolkata. She visits children at schools and clubs (and even birthday parties) in Kent and can often be seen around at local events.

Contact

We'd love to hear from you!