24 October 2017

Starfish turns 4

In the year 2012, a team of veteran filmmakers collaborated to make a four hour television series inspired by Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn's book - Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Woman World Wide.
The series was premiered in the United States in October 2012. The movement raised funds for the upliftment of women worldwide. Through screening of entries, Krishna Mondal, the youngest member of the New Light Trust, won with the highest number of votes.
Krishna's award came with a financial component which New Light used to start a play school for toddlers and other out of school young children in Sonagachi, the biggest sex worker district in Kolkata. The play school aptly named "HTS - Operation Starfish" was launched in October 2013. Today Starfish turned 4 years old caring for almost 25 children aged between 3 to 6 years. It has been 4 years since New Light HTS - Operation Starfish has been taking care of welfare of toddlers and older out of school children whose needs are largely neglected.