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.
For Street Children in India, the street (in the widest sense of the word, including unoccupied dwellings, wasteland, etc.) has become his or her habitual abode and/or source of livelihood; and who is inadequately protected, supervised, or directed by responsible adults.
The Education Programme of Hope Foundation directly benefits, 2179 children living the streets and slums of Kolkata and Howrah, including 10 Special Needs living in the Children’s Home, and 136 children living in the under developed tribal region of Birbhum District, West Bengal.
The Community Fund initiative allows the community to save money and spend it in the most effective way for the community as a whole. 35 such funds have been created. Community Health Volunteers of respective areas started collecting small amounts from the community.
The total collection in the Community Fund is INR 76,705 (approximately €1,279). Regular community meetings have been conducted to increase the collection and now the communities are ready to open a bank account for safety and security of the fund.
In today's India, growing urbanisation, migration from rural areas and the disintegration of the traditional community structure have changed the social economic scenario and given rise to a new, vulnerable group of children in the metropolitan cities called "street children".