Since its creation in 1999, The Hope Foundation (HOPE) has restored lost childhoods and ensured human rights to hundreds of thousands of street and slum dwellers throughout Kolkata, India. HOPE continues to work with recognized local partner organisations to tackle the root causes of abject poverty, whilst encouraging communities to shape their own sustainable futures.

With over 460 staff worldwide, HOPE supports 56 projects in the areas of healthcare, education, protection and livelihood generation, anti-trafficking, HIV/AIDS awareness, care and support of people living with HIV/AIDS and capacity building. Over 18 years of service, we have reached out to 2.8 million under-served people.

HOPE partners with grass roots organisations to improve the conditions, ensure rights and enhance the long-term prospects of children and communities throughout Kolkata and the wider West Bengal. Through HOPE’s partnerships with beneficiaries, funders, policy makers, the public and Government officials, HOPE continues to provide for those most vulnerable.

HOPE believes that a strong civic society influences long-term and sustainable change and thus adopts a rights-based approach. HOPE’s implementing organisation in Kolkata is The Hope Kolkata Foundation (HKF); we work with a further 8 experienced local partners whose ethos and dedication to reduce poverty are in line with that of The Hope Foundation’s and who have comprehensive understanding on the political and socio-economic capacities and capabilities of the communities we work with.

HOPE implements its programmes through a results-based framework, a robust Management Information System, stringent monitoring and evaluation procedures, to ensure the effective delivery of its services and to a programmatic approach of implementation in line with international best practice and guidelines.

During the past year, our Holistic Education programme covering 17 slums, continues to address the struggles of children with learning difficulties and those with special needs, working directly with schools, through building the capacities of the teachers so that quality education is ensured at elementary level (up to Grade8). Besides this, extra tuition was provided for children who have never been to school or are the first generation in their family to go to school. The programme supported 8,377 children this year.

Each year, the Primary Health Care programme reaches out to thousands in 33 slums in Kolkata. This community-based sustainable programme delivers through awareness-action-access-advocacy to guarantee better availability of local healthcare services, greater knowledge on health and environmental issues, which have resulted in a noticeable improvement in the overall health of slum residents. Till date, our healthcare services have reached out to 2.57 million clients.

HOPE Hospital provides Secondary Health Care services to vulnerable children and their families - people who live on the street and slums and cannot afford quality healthcare. With 32 general beds and 4 in the ICU, the Hospital has well equipped Inpatients & Outpatients Departments and Operating Theatre and has catered to over 11,000 patients this year.

Under HOPE, 12 residential and crisis Protection Homes cater to the emotional, physical and psychological needs of children who are found abandoned, abused, orphaned or neglected. As in previous years, more than a thousand persons have been supported through these Protection Homes, as well as our Night Watch Ambulance rounds and 24/7 Emergency Response Unit. HOPE also supports implementation of a community based anti-trafficking programmes in 56 trafficked-prone villages in rural West Bengal, to rescue and rehabilitate victims of trafficking and make their communities resilient to this illicit trade.

HOPE’s Life Skills Training Institute offers vocational training to vulnerable youth in catering, tailoring, computer skills and beautician & haircutting.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for the most marginalised people, primarily in India. Ensuring their basic rights and enhancing their dignity of life, through protection, health, education and economic development in a sustainable life cycle approach. Achieving this mission through fundraising activities and initiatives.

Our Aim

To support the development of underprivileged sections of society through partnership, support and capacity building.

Our Vision

'A World where it should never hurt to be a child'. Restoring childhoods to children and sustainability to individuals and communities.

Core Values

  • Accountability: We are accountable. We believe in transparency and in making ourselves accountable to all of our donors, supporters and beneficiaries. We are committed to the highest standards of governance and best practice in all areas of work.
  • Collaboration: We collaborate. Communities are at the heart of our work, we believe in building and fostering partnerships at different levels at home and abroad, in order to leverage local, regional and global strength for sustainable development.
  • Equality: We treat one another equally. We are committed to promoting equality by removing barriers that stop full participation of every individual, group or community in public or political life. We believe in and promote inclusivity and diversity inside and outside of our workplace.
  • Innovation: We are innovative. We believe in the power of great ideas. We are always open to accepting and developing new and creative ideas, which will enhance systematic change for sustainable solutions.
  • Integrity: We have integrity. We aspire to the highest standards of honesty and encourage critical thinking for further development. We never compromise on quality and act in the best interests of those with whom we work.
  • Respect: We are respectful. We respect the people we work for and on behalf of, we respect ourselves, we respect our colleagues and our community. We have fostered an organization that enables and encourages respect.
  • Caring for the environment: We are responsible. We are responsible for our contributions to the organization’s value for saving the planet. We must act decisively and responsibly to protect the environment and give back to the health of our environment. We must aim towards creating a clean and green environment and reducing carbon footprint.