Onecollection has a partnership with the NGO LittleBigHelp, which provides Indian street children and vulnerable women new possibilities to create a better future for themselves.
LittleBigHelp is an NGO that aims to create a better life for vulnerable women and children in one of the world's poorest areas, West Bengal in India. LittleBigHelp was founded in 2010 by Danish Lisbeth Johansen. She quit her job as sales director in the international hotel industry and changed her focus on helping some of the thousands of street children in Kolkata. With the philosophy: “No-one can help everybody, but everybody can help someone”, she managed to build the NGO LittleBigHelp from scratch in a couple of years. Its activities are funded entirely by donations from private individuals, companies and foundations.
Today LittleBigHelp runs several activities in the Kolkata area. Not only do they provide basic help such as food, medical assistance, protection and a safe place to sleep. They also provide more sustainable help such as education for children and young women and in this way providing an opportunity for a better future.
The first time Onecollection met with LittleBigHelp's founder Lisbeth Johansen and heard of the organisation's activities in India, director Hans Henrik Sørensen immediately saw an obvious connection with one of Onecollection's products, the Council Chair.
The Council Chair was designed by the Danes Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard for the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations' headquarters in New York. It was specifically designed for a room at the UN, which is often called the Finn Juhl Chamber because it was designed by the renowned Danish architect Finn Juhl between 1950-52. The Council Chair was developed between 2010-2013 when the UN headquarters, including the Finn Juhl Chamber, went through a thorough renovation. Today, the chamber is one of the most popular conference rooms in the building, where many of the United Nation's important decisions are made - many of which have direct consequences to the world's most vulnerable people.
”LittleBigHelp is an incredibly sympathetic example of an initiative that really makes a positive difference to a group of very vulnerable women and children. To us it seems meaningful that this particular chair, which was created for the United Nations, plays a central role in our CSR activities", director Hans Henrik Sørensen from Onecollection explains.
LittleBigHelp is also happy about the partnership: ” We are very touched and grateful for our partnership with Onecollection. The idea was so obvious and Onecollection's involvement in our work and their support for our projects will make a huge difference to the women and children we are trying to help every day. We are looking forward to following the Council Chair campaign in 2016 and 2017,” says Lisbeth Johansen from LittleBigHelp.
The boy in the picture lives in Kolkata in West Bengal in an area where poor children are extremely vulnerable.