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All that is not given is lost.
                        Indian Proverb


A rescue, rehabilitation, and development action to improve the life of the underprivileged of Calcutta and rural Bengal in India. A 20-year crusade of love and sharing sponsored by international author Dominique Lapierre.

City of Joy Aid is a non profit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping some of the world's most underprivileged. Based in Calcutta, India, this network of clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers and hospital boats has brought relief to the poorest of the poor since 1981.

Founded and funded by French author Dominique Lapierre and his wife, the organization has neither religious nor political affiliation. Through royalties generated from Lapierre's international bestsellers, The City of Joy, Beyond Love and A Thousand Suns, through lecture fees, and donations from readers, the organization has rescued 9,000 children suffering from leprosy and other diseases due to malnutrition and poverty; suppressed tuberculosis in 1,200 villages; dug 541 tube wells for drinking water; provided medical assistance to over 5 million patients in the last 10 years; and taught the women of a thousand villages to read and write.

The Lapierres cover all operating expenses to ensure that every dollar given or received by City of Joy Aid goes directly to Calcutta to serve a priority: even the smallest of gifts is significant.

Won't you please help? Use the links below to learn more about this work of love, or click here to donate and make a difference in someone's life.

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