The Hope Foundation works with some of the most disadvantaged children in the world today.
Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girl’s home, The Hope Foundation is now a registered Irish charity with offices in Ireland, India, the UK, Germany and the USA. In the past decade, The Hope Foundation’s extensive work has been considered critical in ensuring the rights of the underprivileged sections of society, specially the street and slum children of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India.
Living on the streets, the children are exposed to acute hunger and severe physical and sexual abuse. Those who survive are left to fend for themselves, with no promise of a safe future. They are forced to work from as young as five years of age to earn money for food and so cannot go to schools. Hope works to free them from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.
The Hope Foundation has a varied range of projects that ensure basic rights of the underprivileged population focussing mainly on the female and adolescent.
The mission of Hope Foundation is to improve the quality life for the underprivileged section of the society by providing their basic human rights.
The organisation has identified the following priority issues.
10 Child Care Units (6 for girls and 4 for boys), supported by The Hope Foundation, were established to provide temporary protective shelter for children between the ages of 6 and 18, who are identified as in need of care and protection by the Child Welfare Committee. Vulnerable children, deprived of education and a proper childhood are placed in these Child Care Units to secure their rights to survival and development.
HOPE’s Integrated Quality Education Project aims to create child-friendly schools and education where the human dignity of the child is respected and where his rights in relation to education are put on the political agenda of educators and decision makers.
Hope Hospital, established in 2008, caters to the secondary healthcare needs of street-connected and slum-dwelling children and adults living below the poverty line, who would otherwise be deprived of necessary medical treatment.
The Life Skill Training Centre provides professionally designed training courses which are tailored to suit the capabilities of the trainees. A one-to-one intensive learning of technical skills provides each trainee with a marketable skill. This is complemented with a certificate upon completion and job placement or support to set up a business from home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s understanding of vulnerability. Every person around the world became vulnerable to Coronavirus. India, a country with a population of 1.33 billion, was affected tremendously from the first day of complete lockdown on the 24th of March 2020.