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Bekind Ireland has been in existence since late 2007.

Following several visits to India from 2005, Brian Flanagan (Founder Director) decided to set up the charity. Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength.

Brian's inspiration came from his son Shane's experiences in Calcutta in 2004, when Shane went as a volunteer with his school. He was one of 15 students, who went on a student exchange programme. Shane's experiences were to leave a marked impression on him and his fellow students. It was only by going as a volunteer himself with his lifelong friend and now fellow director, Niall Dalton, in 2005, did Brian realise the huge need of the street children of Calcutta.

 

Subsequently, strong bonds have been formed with existing organisations and institutions in India. This has enabled Bekind Ireland to reach out to many needy people.

Brian travels to India at least once a year and has formed relationships with the people behind the organisations with whom we work. These personal relationships ensure that all funds raised go directly to those most in need and are not wasted on administration and non-essential costs.

Bekind has received huge support from its local parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, Laurel Lodge.

In 2008 Brian brought a pilot group of students from Castleknock Community College (CCC) to Calcutta, the trip was very successful and so Brian brought a larger student group with him in October 2009. This fundraising campaign run by this group exceeded all expectations and the proceeds have helped many people in India.

In 2011, following yet another successful fundraising campaign, Brian brought another group of students and several teachers from CCC to India to visit and work on our projects.

In 2013, Bekind brought a group of 12 students from the Dublin 15 Area to Calcutta.

In June 2015, Bekind brought 9 student volunteers from Newport and 9 student voluneteers from the Dublin 15 to Calcutta.

Most recently, in June 2017, Bekind brought 12 student volunteers from CCC and 9 student volunteers from St. Dominic's College in Cabra.

Since its foundation, Bekind has raised in excess of €700,000 to help the poor in India.