LittleBigHelp Annual Report 2020

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In 2020

a year affected by Covid-19 and lockdowns…

LittleBigHelp provided food equivalent to over

100,000 meals

in the slum areas in and around Kolkata, India, in response to the negative consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown

LittleBigHelp provided

3,880 masks and hundreds

of litres of soap and sanitizers to the residents of the slum areas to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 2

LittleBigHelp provided information about Covid-19 to

2,146 slum residents,

including safe-guarding measures and combating misinformation

LittleBigHelp conducted

165 psychological counselling sessions over the phone during the lockdown 3


Table of Content Message from the Founder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Message from the Programme Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Who We Are and What We Do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


LittleBigHelp and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. . . . . . . . . .


Community Centres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Skills Development Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Girls’ and Boys’ Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Computer Training for Tribal Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Centre for Special Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Fundraising Events 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Thank You to All Donors, Corporate Partners and Foundations. . . . . .


Extracts Financial Report 2020. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Finances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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Message from the Founder The year of 2020. Where does one even begin to describe the kind of year it has been? Words like frustration, powerlessness and incapability might be the first ones that come to mind. But then, they are replaced by words like innovation, generosity, and empowerment. This year we were all taken by surprise by a pandemic and had to find new ways of doing things. The impact of Covid-19 in India in 2020 and beyond has been devastating. More than 200 million jobs have been lost, sending families, who are already struggling to cover their basic needs, further into poverty1. The support from private individuals, members of the organisation, foundations, corporate partners, businesses and volunteers who support us in so many different ways has been vital for LittleBigHelp. All of them have helped us during a year where we needed the endorsement and support from partners more than ever. It has been heart-warming to experience how every single corporate partner has supported us and reaffirmed our collaboration despite the challenging circumstances. Collaboration has also been important at our projects. As the lockdown in India hindered our 1

team from physically accessing our projects, the importance of the collaboration with the local decision-makers and our volunteers in the slum areas were highlighted. They were our eyes, ears and hands on the ground until our teams were allowed to leave their respective homes again. We are thankful to have such a strong collaboration with them, as this is also an indicator of how the slum areas will continue to develop and become increasingly self-sustained even after there no longer will be a need for LittleBigHelp to work there. Covid-19 made it necessary for us to shift temporarily from our sustainable “help to selfhelp” development work to humanitarian aid. The effects of the lockdown created such a significant need for food and hygiene products that we decided to make our first “humanitarian aid” campaign where we fundraised for “Food & Hygiene Kits”. These kits consisted of rice, lentils, soap and face masks. The families receiving the kits have been extremely thankful, sharing how they have been an answer to their prayers. We even met a mother who walked 35 kilometres to receive one of the kits. The lockdown has also once again revealed the impact of our work. 7

Many of the women from our skills projects opened a bank account with our support and started saving up before the lockdown. As the lockdown was imposed in Kolkata, the women were now able to support their families during this difficult time, while also earning the respect from the male members in their families. In some families, the women have even been the ones able to work despite the lockdown as they could sew face masks and work from home. This does not mean that our work is done, however, but we believe it is a step in the right direction and are delighted to see the positive impact of our efforts and the women’s inspiring courage and initiative. On the other hand, we have also seen regression in some of the otherwise positive progress that was taking place in the slum areas: children who are currently out of school due to school closures, families who want to marry their young daughters away as they cannot even afford food to feed their family, and fewer babies getting vaccinated, among other things. In March 2020, the schools in India closed and they remain closed at the time of writing. Most of the children from the slum areas do not have access to online teaching, secluding them from developing academically for a long time. In LittleBigHelp, we have supported the students and their families by handing out school materials and books and encouraging the children to keep studying. But we expect that great efforts will be 8

needed to get the children back to school once they open again. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted not only India but the whole world including Denmark. In LittleBigHelp we normally fundraise a large amount of our income from our annual Charity Gala and other events. But due to the restrictions imposed by the government, large gatherings were banned, and we had to find new ways to raise much needed funding for our projects. By entering agreements with new Corporate Partners, obtaining more members for the organisation, organizing a virtual charity run, and setting up our first online auction we achieved great results. But the game changer this year has been the support from foundations. And, for the first time we received an exceptional grant of DKK 1 million from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from their Covid-19 Emergency Fund. I am extremely proud of our colleagues in the Indian and Danish offices, respectively, for making 2020 a year where we did not grow weary, but instead showed how strong we are - together. Looking into 2021, I believe it will be a great year, where we will welcome new members, foundations and Corporate Partners. With love and gratitude Lisbeth Johansen Founder


Message from the Programme Director From my childhood I remember hearing the proverb “Morning shows the day”, but the year 2020 has taught us all to live with uncertainty and to be capable of exerting flexibility in our work. In January and February, all our projects were running according to plan and we were excited about the progress we were making. Our budget and strategy for the year was set. Then everything changed and none of us could predict how much the Covid-19 pandemic would affect our world and the long- term consequences it would cause. In the 3rd week of March 2020, a strict lockdown was imposed in Kolkata, India and from one 10

day to the other, thousands of people living in the slum areas, where we work, lost their jobs. Within a few days many had no money left and were unable to meet their families’ basic daily needs. Our focus changed from development work to relief work in those months, and with the help of volunteers from the slum areas, we distributed more than 100,000 meals along with masks, sanitary napkins, soap and sanitizer. We also gave training to volunteers from the slum areas to enable them to create awareness to others about Covid-19 safeguarding measures. In May 2020, the Cyclone Amphan hit Kolkata leaving many homes

in the slum areas in a state of devastation. Already financially overwhelmed in the midst of the lockdown with no income opportunities, the most vulnerable had no chance to rebuild their homes. LittleBigHelp provided tarpaulins and bamboo to 50 families to support them to reconstruct their homes. Our team has worked tirelessly throughout the year, in extremely challenging conditions to provide support to those most in need. They have had to work directly in the slum areas, exposing themselves to the risk of contracting Covid-19 as working from home was not an option. Thanks to their willingness and dedicated work, many of our planned activities could still be carried out and we are proud of the results we have been able to achieve. The team members in our girls’ and boys’ home have also experienced a challenging year, where many new responsibilities have been added to their portfolios as the children no longer could attend school or

free time activities outside of the homes. They have cared for the children full time and have had to create a stimulating, fun, educational and structured everyday life for them. I am so happy to share that for the first time in the history of LittleBigHelp, four of the elder boys from our boys’ home passed their final grade 10 exam and have been enrolled in a distinguished twoyear vocational course while also enrolled in grade 11. Well done to those boys for working hard and proving that where there is a will there is a way. At last, I want to share my heartiest gratitude to every individual, our corporate partners, board of trustees, government officials, and community leaders for their support. Without your strong engagement and partnership, we cannot run our activities and create sustainable changes for those in need. Thank you everyone. Warm wishes Debasish Guha Programme Director 11

Who We Are and What We Do The beginning of LittleBigHelp LittleBigHelp Denmark was founded in 2010 by Lisbeth Johansen. Giving up a career as a hotel sales director, Lisbeth decided to pursue her dream of helping people in India who do not enjoy the same human rights or have access to health care, protection and learning opportunities as in developed countries. Several years of travelling and volunteering in India gave her the insight she needed into the complex Indian culture and socio-economic challenges to start LittleBigHelp in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 2012, LittleBigHelp
was registered in India and has since been operating as LittleBigHelp India Trust. 12

Our work today Today, LittleBigHelp has established nine community centres in different urban slum areas of Kolkata and Howrah, a boys’ and a girls’ home, several skill development projects for women and computer training projects for adolescents living in rural areas of Bankura, India. Furthermore, LittleBigHelp supports a centre for special education for 180 children. We are 90 locally employed people in India and three people in Denmark working on 22 projects that empower more than 1,200 children and women on a daily basis. LittleBigHelp raises funds predominantly in Denmark, and

increasingly in India as well, which not be able to fully understand are spent on our projects in the struggles of people living in Kolkata that we design, manage, these conditions. implement and monitor. Working with complete honesty Why India? and transparency is essential India's economic growth does not in all our work. We work to benefit much of its population. keep administration costs at 60 % of the population live on a minimum and to the extent less than $3,20 per day (the possible use voluntary support poverty line for lower middleand assistance from friends, income countries such as India), family and our network and many do not have who all wish to help us access to basic human make a difference rights such as Vision: for the vulnerable education, clean We cannot help everybody – but we can help some. families. drinking water, And we do it! adequate shelter Our approach or sufficient food. Mission: Our strategy for These conditions We change your little help helping others has are especially into a big help for changed over the prevalent in the people in need years from mainly slum areas where responding to the direct children and women are consequences of poverty, most vulnerable. to focusing on sustainable work. Working from the belief that • An estimated 10 million empowering individuals will help children between the age of break the cycle of poverty, we 5-14 are employed in work give people the support, skills • 40 % of children drop out of and encouragement they need school early to create a brighter future for • India is rated the world's most themselves, their family and dangerous country for women their community. It is our belief due to a high risk of rape, that the benefits will ripple trafficking and other forms of down generations and have a sexual violence lasting impact. The support and involvement of local communities Education, skills training and is detrimental to the success awareness of rights and health of our work, and without our are important steps towards more Kolkata team members' invaluable equality and better opportunities knowledge about local conditions, for vulnerable children and culture and challenges, we would women in India. 13

LittleBigHelp and the Sustainable Development Goals At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all United Nations member states to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Through our 22 projects in India, we support eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Goal #1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere Through our skills development projects, we teach vulnerable women vocational skills to encourage employment and entrepreneurship, which enables them to generate an income.

Goal #2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture At our community centres and boys' and girls' homes, we provide nutritious meals to children every day. 14

Goal #3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Through our projects, we raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health to help break taboos and stigmas. We also educate especially men in slum communities about the harmful use of alcohol and drugs.

Goal #4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all At our community centres and boys' and girls' homes, we work to ensure that all children have access to education. Through our skills development projects, we teach women vocational skills to encourage employment and entrepreneurship. We also provide computer training to young people living in rural areas to increase their chances of getting a job. Furthermore, we support a learning centre for special education, which provides education and training for 180 children with special needs.

Goal #5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls We work to raise awareness about the rights of women and girls to reduce trafficking, child marriage, violence and other forms of gender discrimination. Through our skills projects, we encourage women to learn a vocation and get a job despite resistance from the men in their families. In our girls’ home, all girls learn karate to increase their confidence and selfdefence skills.

Goal #8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all By providing computer and skills training, we aim to reduce the rate of unemployment, especially amongst the most vulnerable. We also work to put an end to child labour in slum areas and encourage parents to prioritise education for their children, which are also important aspects of this goal.

Goal #16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels We raise awareness in the slum areas about the rights of children and women to reduce the occurrence of abuse, exploitation and violence. We also guide families in obtaining proof of identity so they can access basic government services such as free education and health care.

Goal #17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development We work closely together with other NGOs and build strong partnerships with our corporate partners to maximise the impact of our work.


Community Centres At our nine community centres, we prepare children for school, support their families and raise awareness about the rights for people living in slum areas. Although primary education is free and compulsory in India, many children never get enrolled in school, and 40 % of those that do, start dropping out before eighth grade. Lack of education perpetuates the cycle of poverty and increases the risk of children ending up on the streets. It is estimated that there are 11 million children living on the streets in India. To cope with the difficult living conditions, some join gangs for acceptance and “protection”, while others become addicted to glue. The longer children live on the 16

streets, the harder it is to help them out of that environment. At our nine community centres located in different urban slum areas of Kolkata and Howrah, we work with local volunteers and authorities to create a brighter future for children and families living in the slum areas. In addition to offering support and health care to the children and their families, we provide courses to prepare the children for school. After finalizing the course which takes 6-12 months, they start school, while we continue to offer social and academic support through tutoring and recreational activities. Through our community centres we aim to prevent children from ending in a life on the streets and instead having a bright future with possibilities.


in numbers


Meals were distributed to the most vulnerable in the slum areas in response to the Covid-19 lockdown


Masks and hundreds of litres of soap and sanitizer were given to the residents of the slum areas


Slum residents received information about Covid-19 and safeguarding measures


Conversations conducted over the phone by our team to children in the slum areas during the Covid-19 lockdown


Children in the slum areas received educational books to mitigate the effects of closed schools due to the Covid-19 lockdown


Children enrolled in school preparation courses


Covid-19 and lockdowns

The community centres were in 2020 to a large extent affected by the Covid-19 situation in India. With the strict lockdown in place, our team members were for several months unable to reach the slum areas. During those months, running the community centres and organizing various activities such as school preparation courses, awareness camps, community meetings, school visits, health check-ups and so forth was impossible. For several months we were largely dependent on our collaboration with local volunteers to continue our initiatives. They have been our eyes, ears and hands in the slum during the strict lockdown when our team


was unable to go. They helped with the distribution of relief food items to the people in most need in the slum areas, they passed on assignments to the children from our community centres, and they checked up on the children in their homes. Furthermore, we trained 180 local volunteers in creating awareness about Covid-19, including safeguarding measures and combating misinformation. After the lockdown was partially lifted, we could resume some of our normal activities, however with certain restrictions and safety measures in place. Despite an enormous number of challenges many positive results were created in the slum areas.

Skills Development Projects The goal of our skills development projects is to empower vulnerable women financially and socially. When a woman earns a salary, the entire family benefits. Through our skills development projects, we focus on empowering and supporting women. More than 100 women are enrolled to learn a skill at one of our projects so they can get a job as a tailor or beautician, for instance. In our courses, we also teach women about health and their rights and provide support and

counselling to help them cope with abuse, oppression and other difficult living conditions. For the same reason we also conduct regular home visits to the trainees to meet them in their homes and discuss their situations, gather and verify information, meet and counsel their family members to ensure their support for the trainees' attendance at the skills training. All trainees also receive help in opening a bank account, and learn the basics of entrepreneurship, dealing with customers and financial management. 19

Covid-19 and lockdowns

Some of our earlier trainees were able to earn some much-needed money as we made orders for masks, which we then handed out for free in the slum areas.

With a strict lockdown in place, we could not gather the skills trainees for classes over a period of months. However, our team kept busy by having conversations over the phone with the trainees, informing them about Covid-19 and safety measures to practice. We also ensured that food was handed out to those women who were in a desperate financial situation.

During the lockdown, when we were unable to conduct the usual skill training classes, extra teaching was provided by volunteers in the slum areas to some of the women enrolled in the courses. These women had only a few years of primary education and the extra teaching in basic mathematics and language would make it easier for them to follow the skills training once it could recommence. The teaching by the volunteers was of course conducted in small groups and safeguarding measures were ensured.

The skills development projects were in 2020 to a large extent affected by the Covid-19 situation in India.

As part of the project all trainees are assisted in opening a private bank account, and because of this, 25 women from our skills training projects were eligible to receive a public financial support of INR 500 (€ 5.50) per month in their bank account during the 3-month lockdown.


After the lockdown was lifted, we could resume our normal activities, however with certain restrictions and safety measures in place.

2020 in numbers 200

Adults received skills training in one of our courses


Extra training sessions were given in small groups to 17 poorly educated women from our skills training project during the lockdown


Women from our skills training projects were able to receive public financial support of 500 INR (€ 5,7) pr. month in their bank account during the 3-month lockdown, because we had previously assisted them in opening a bank account.


Girls’ and Boys’ Home In our girls’ and boys’ homes, vulnerable girls and boys can get away from the streets and start a new life with care, comfort, nutrition and education – and a place to call ‘home’. We opened the homes in 2014, and they now provide a longterm home for 21 girls and 34 boys. When the children are not in the local school, they spend their time playing games and music, drawing, meditating, doing sports and other recreational activities in and around the homes, which helps their mental, physical and social development. Our team and skilled social workers also provide the children with guidance 22

on how to cope with the challenges they may face in life. For instance, girls in India are especially vulnerable to rape, abuse, trafficking and child marriage. As the children get older, we focus on preparing them for the independency that comes with adulthood. We discuss with each child what their dreams and possibilities are for the future, and we enrol them in vocational training courses to ensure that they have learnt a skill from which they can earn money in the future. As in any other family, we also teach them how to cook, clean, budget their income and spending, pay bills, etc. to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood.

Covid-19 and lockdowns

Our girls’ and boys’ homes have been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 situation in India. With a strict lockdown in place, schools closed, and strict official curfews for organisations such as ours, the children have spent most of 2020 inside the Homes. It has been a tough year for the children, but our team has done everything possible to ensure a stable, loving and secure environment for the children. All schools closed in March 2020, and due to the strict curfews, we were not allowed to take the children out of the homes for any trips, free time activities, or visits to see family members. The children have therefore continued their education from home, through online classes and assignments sent by their teachers. Our team has guided and supported the children and ensured a structured everyday life at the Homes. Morning exercise, yoga and meditation have been part of the everyday routine, and we were thankfully able to conduct some of the recreational activities online that the children usually attend such as yoga, dance, karate, and creative sessions.


in numbers


Children living in the homes and attending school


Older boys have started a vocational diploma education


Online yoga, dance, karate, and creative sessions were conducted for the children during the Covid-19 lockdown

In early 2020, 12 tablets were donated to the homes, which have made it easier for the boys and girls to follow online classes, have fun learning through academic apps and be creative making stop motion movies. 2020 was also an exciting year for four of the older boys as they started a vocational diploma education after successfully completing their year 10 exams. They have now also enrolled in class 11 to gain further education and knowledge and thereby increasing their opportunities for employment going forward. The boys find the vocational classes very interesting and cannot wait for the possibility to attend school in person. 23

Computer Training for Tribal Youth


Through our computer training for tribal youth, we empower young people living in rural villages with basic computer skills.

students also become agents of change raising awareness of the importance of education in their communities.

In the rural area near Bankura, West Bengal in East India, very few learning institutions have access to computers. We provide computer training to 550 marginalised tribal adolescents through six community-based computer centres. Our goal is to empower the young people to become more confident and better equipped for further studies or future jobs. By increasing their computer literacy, the

The computer training for tribal youth was in 2020 to a large extent affected by the Covid-19 situation in India. With a strict lockdown in place, we could not gather the trainees for classes for several months. During this period the teachers instead conducted the classes online through assignments and videos sent to the students via the social communication platform Whatsapp.

Covid-19 and lockdowns


in numbers


Students received computer training and during the Covid-19 lockdown it was conducted online


Online career counselling sessions have been conducted for the trainees to learn about future possibilities regarding jobs and education


Phone conversations have been held to ensure parents support their children’s education


2020 in numbers 135

Online teaching, speech therapy, physiotherapy and counselling sessions conducted for the children during the Covid-19 lockdown


Speech-hearing impaired children developed communication


Children learned to sit without support


Centre for Special Education We support the centre for special education, which offers care and education for children and adolescents with special needs. People with special needs have the right to freedom, equality, social security and human dignity – just like any other human being. The centre for special education is a school for 180 children and adolescents from tribal villages near Bankura who would not otherwise be able to attend school or receive care. Many of the children suffer from malnutrition and neglect of basic care, and the prevalence of tribal superstition and lack of awareness about the rights, needs and possibilities, means that people with special needs are often marginalized and excluded from their communities. The centre provides comprehensive rehabilitation programmes for these children and young people to improve their quality of life and help their integration into society. Supporting the students in choosing what they want to do based on their strengths and needs, the centre also offers vocational training and life skills education.

Covid-19 and lockdowns

The centre for special education has been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 situation in India. With a strict lockdown in place and an official order for all schools to close, the students of the centre were unable to attend their usual classes and therapy sessions. However, the team at the centre quickly initiated online classes. All parents of the children were added to groups on the social communication platform WhatsApp, where the teachers shared assignments for them to do with their children along with videos showing how to do the physical therapy and speech therapy activities. Counselling sessions were also held with the parents and the children to ensure psychological support during this difficult time. The children have shown some great developments, thanks to the teachers and parents of the children working closely together to ensure the continued training and education of the children.


Fundraising Events in 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, it was possible for LittleBigHelp to arrange a few fundraising events in Denmark throughout the year. Our sincere thanks to Kalstrup Livsstilshus, Nümph, Quist Vine and Restaurant Nordstjernen who joined hands with us to create a beautiful summer event to fundraise for our projects in India. Some 50 guests enjoyed donated champagne, tapas, wine and placed their bids during the auction on items donated by various companies wanting to support the cause. 30 participants had a great time at our One Day Yoga Festival in October with chant, yoga, food, snacks, tea & coffee and silent auction. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the day possible and to all the participants who supported LittleBigHelp by purchasing a ticket for the event.


Twice in 2020, we were able to arrange a charity run for LittleBigHelp. The event was originally started by a group of students who, under the first lockdown in March, had been given a school assignment to start an initiative that would benefit others. The students quickly decided to do a charity run and teamed up with LittleBigHelp. It was beautiful to see how many supported the initiative by buying a start number, and later in the year we decided to repeat the charity run, resulting in a total of 420 participants and DKK 44,650 (€ 6,000) raised for LittleBigHelp’s projects in 2020. For the first time ever, we also conducted an Online Auction, which was a huge success raising DKK 250,000 (€ 33,600) for LittleBigHelp. Thanks to all the companies who supported us by donating beautiful, exciting and attractive items to the auction.


Thank you to Donors and Sponsors of the Online Auction Anders Agger og Mingo

HF Christiansen


Mingo Photography

Kontra Coffee


Betina Stampe, Studio CPH

Bruun Rasmussen



Moshi Moshi Mind

Ina Rødtness



Maria Black


Fary Lochan

Castell Son Claret

Lakrids by Bülow

Lill-Marlen Elnegaard




Sinatur Skarrildhus

Project Nord

Copenhagen Float

Per Hillo

Jan Jørgensen smykker



Daniel Roger Larsen



Mond of Copenhagen

Helle Rask Crawford

Kurt Westergaard

Guldsmed Zinck


Bean Bros

House of Finn Juhl

Mikael Kyneb


Mito mito

Kurhotel Skodsborg

Thank you to Donors and Sponsors at the summer event in Blokhus, Denmark


Strandhotel Blokhus

Nick Sharpe spirits

Fårup sommerland


Oak Bar/futten


Jan Jørgensen smykker

Julie Sandlau

Quist Vine

Charlotte Sten

Kalstrup Livsstilshus

Restaurant Nordstjernen

Museet for papirkunst


Restaurant Havet



A Big Thank You to All Donors and Corporate Partners in 2020 We are deeply grateful for all the donations and support received throughout 2020 enabling us to continue and further develop our projects. The support has come from private individuals, foundations and corporations wanting to help us make a difference. In 2020, our amazing corporate partnerships have developed, and they have been essential for LittleBigHelp in a year where we were prevented from hosting our annual Charity Gala from which approximately one third of our annual income is usually raised. We are therefore grateful for every single donation, which allows us to continue to reach out with quality help to more vulnerable children and families. We are grateful for their support, inspired by their generosity, and impressed by their corporate social responsibility.


Corporate Partners

Ejendomsselskabet X

Tinggaard Advisory



Gurli og Paul Madsens Fond


Extracts Financial Report 2020 LittleBigHelp 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020 '000 DKK Donations Gifts and donations, companies and foundations Gifts and donations, private The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Danish Agency for Culture Membership fees VAT Refund Received donations Costs for revenue-generating activities Costs for purposive work in Denmark Costs for administration in Denmark Other operating income Result before interests Interests


2019 3,859 577 1,064 -   75 14 5,589

4,683 965 -   127 44 -   5,819

813 400 129 -100

977 395 126 -




Net result



Result attributable to future donations



3,942 28

2,603 7



-   -   -

-   -   -

Liabilities Provision for future donations Non-current liabilities Current liabilities Total liabilities

3,665 86 219 3,970

2,413 46 151 2,610

Total Equity and Liabilities



Indirect + Direct contributions to projects



LittleBigHelp Balance sheet 31 December 2020 Assets Cash Other receivables Total Current Assets Total Assets

Equity and Liabilities Equity Equity Retained comprehensive income Equity


Finance 2020 has been a challenging year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related restrictions which for example made it impossible to go through with our annual Charity Gala which normally raises about one third of our annual income. In the autumn of 2020, with restrictions continuing and millions behind our fundraising goal for the year, we had to come to terms with the fact that a whole new fundraising plan for the last 3 months of the year, was essential. Failure to raise enough funds would result in an unbearable consequence – having to close some of our essential projects in India. A creative and out of the box process was started in our little office in


Copenhagen, and through new initiatives and thanks to the loyalty of existing donors and the generosity of new - both private and corporate, we miraculously ended the year with a financial result equal to previous years, only with a small decrease. A big Covid-19 grant from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also helped us reach this satisfying result which we are grateful for. 2020 resulted in DKK 5,589,414 raised, only DKK 229,601 less than 2019. We are very proud of the result, and we are grateful when we think of all the lives that the funds will help transform.

How were the funds spent?

Many of the planned project activities in India in 2020 were unable to be conducted due to the Covid-19 restrictions, resulting in fewer funds spent directly on projects. DKK 3,092,492 was spent on projects in India in 2020, compared to 2019 where DKK 4,129,404 was spent. We look forward to a future, which hopefully will be more foreseeable and where our plans for project activities are less affected by interruptions. To help as many vulnerable children and families as possible we are very aware of how the funds are spent. We always strive to ensure that our work is cost-effective so as many funds as possible are spent on the projects and purposive work. However, the re-

ality is that we cannot raise funds without also spending some on revenue generating activities and on administration. Our primary costs in Denmark are salaries. The average number of full-time employees throughout the year was 3 and the Founder of LittleBigHelp works without pay. Due to the uncertainty of how Covid-19 would affect LittleBigHelp’s fundraising possibilities, one employee was laid off. We also received a lot of help and donations in kinds from volunteers and companies who thereby saved us a lot of expenses. Costs in Denmark are calculated with inspiration from the accounting guide for fundraising organizations developed by ISOBRO and Deloitte.


Costs associated with purposive work in Denmark refer to expenses relating to work with the projects in India carried out by team members in Denmark, as well as purposive information work in Denmark such as the publication of this Annual Report which serves the purpose of giving stakeholders insight and knowledge about the projects that LittleBigHelp runs. In 2020, costs associated with purposive work in Denmark total DKK 400,442 equivalent to 7.2 % of the total income result of the year. Costs associated with revenue-generating activities refer to investments in maintaining our relationship and collaboration with existing corporate partners as well as recruitment of new partners, donors and other contributors and


investments in and maintenance of our other revenue-generating activities. In 2020, costs associated with revenue-generating activities total DKK 813,577 equivalent to 14.5 % of the total income result of the year. Costs associated with administration refer to auditing costs, IT-related costs, internet, office supplies, membership fees etc. Without some administration costs LittleBigHelp cannot function and would be unable to meet regulatory requirements as well as ensure sound management and use of the funds entrusted to us. In 2020, costs associated with administration total DKK 128,657 equivalent to 2.3 % of the total income result of the year.



Contact Us DENMARK:


Email: Phone: +45 24855858 Address: Ahornsgade 1, kld. th., 2200 København N CVR-Number/Registration Number in Denmark: 33234694

Email: Phone: +91 8420047609 Address: 3E, Camac Court, 25B Camac Street, Kolkata-700016 Trust Registration Number in India: IV-056162012 and 80G Tax Exemption

If you wish to support our work we receive all donations with gratitude: Graphic design and layout donated by Heidi Holm-Pedersen

Donations via website:

Donations via Bank Transfers: Bank: Jutlander Bank Registration number: 9337 Account number: 0001502301 IBAN: DK9293370001502301 SWIFT: JUTBDK21 MobilePay LittleBigHelp: 56499

For Indian currency donations only: Account Name: LittleBigHelp India Trust Account No. 914010034801160 Bank: Axis Bank Ltd Branch: Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata IFSC Code: UTIB0000411 Account type: Savings

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