Message From Director
Firstly I want to thank you most sincerely for your incredible generosity in supporting the work of The Hope Foundation over the past fourteen years.
To have achieved so much in such a short number of years is a testament to the dedication and hard-work of all the HOPE team, the many overseas visitors, students from schools and colleges, volunteers our loyal donors from all over the world, our dedicated hard-working staff and everybody who has helped by their incredible generosity and support no matter how great or small
Few can argue that the global recession is continuing to have a very negative impact on lives throughout the world with the austerity measures enforced on the people of Ireland and with unemployment figures at the highest rate for decades, thousands of our beautiful young people and young families are being forced to immigrate causing great heart-break in every community throughout our country. In such difficult times it has become the focus in the minds of many people and encouraged by media, that we should now support only Irish and local charities. Let us not forget that the abject poverty being suffered by the street and slum-dweller in India is on a completely different scale to the poverty here in Ireland.
We in HOPE appeal to you not to pit one group of poor vulnerable people against another. Poor people did not cause the crises and neither should they be made to pay for its consequences. A world devoid of compassion is a world without love. No matter how rich we are, if we have no compassion towards our fellow human beings, we live in a world of total darkness.
Children do not choose the circumstances into which they are born and those of us, who are blessed to be born into privileged lives, have an obligation to redress this imbalance. It is our role in The Hope Foundation both in Ireland and in India to provide a bridge between those who can help and those who need our help most.
To address the problem of the thousands of street children in Kolkata will appear to be insurmountable to the majority of people. In raising the awareness of the public in Ireland, India and internationally about the hardships faced by the children on the streets of Calcutta, The Hope Foundation wishes to affirm the sanctity of each child. Our challenge is to promote this priority every day in our family, community and professional lives, in our private sector and our Government policies.
Every Blessing and good Wishes to you all.
“As an old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young girl ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally, catching up with the young girl, he asked her why she was doing this. Her answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. “But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish” said the old man. How can your effort makes any difference?” The young girl looked at the starfish in her hand and then threw it safely in the waves. “It makes a difference to that one”
Maureen Forrest. Hon Director