A New Light in Kalighat, by Breanna Reynolds and myself, was originally funded by the American Councils for International Education. Their grant funding helped pay for the printing costs, shipping, and a few other incidentals. Though their grant was generous, it doesn't go very far with printing costs, and thus, our print run was fairly small, with New Light receiving some books for their use and Breanna and I receiving a small amount of books for use with students in our schools (the original grant was education-based).
We wanted the book to be available to many people, though, because the faces, the stories, and the work of the kids just seemed so powerful, not to mention the caring work of Urmi and others behind the scenes. Thus, we put out the e-book version: http://issuu.com/kylev75/docs/newlight
But, we believe that funding another print run would be beneficial for many reasons. While the e-book is accessible to many and nice in many ways, the print version lends an atmosphere of authority to a subject that deserves serious attention. New Light also hopes to use the print version to reach some in their community that do not have internet access. And, with the new print run being for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to New Light and a portion going to fund further similar projects, the print version could help the giving and good news keep going.
At the moment, we are trying to figure out how to set up the funding. In the coming days, we will likely have a Kickstarter set up. Please be watching this blog for future announcements. We are hoping to raise at least $6,000 and hopefully more for the next print.
In the meantime, if you would like to donate, please contact me at kylev75[at]gmail[dot]com.
And, here are a few New Light outtakes, some Polaroids and film: