About Hope Foundation
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.
Hope funds and operates over 60 projects in and around Kolkata to provide the basic rights of education, nutrition, health care and protection of the vulnerable population such as street & slum children, child labour, children of sex workers, child beggar, homeless children and people, children withHIV/ AIDS and victims of human trafficking. Hope works with 13 Indian partner organizations to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata and enable them to have a better future.
Hope’s existing projects include protection homes for vulnerable children, education centres, life skill training units, Drop-in Centres for street children under Nabadisha Programme in collaboration with Kolkata Police, Primary Healthcare Programme in partnership with Irish Aid, Nigh Watch to keep vigil on street children at night and a well-equipped hospital for the poor and needy. Hope Foundation also provides skill development training such as computer skills, video making, professional tailoring,english language skills, professional cooking, baking and food processing to poor women and youth to help them generate income. Till date, Hope has reached out to nearly 30,000 vulnerable children and over three hundred thousand impoverished families.
The holistic care and development and protection of human rights of severely underprivileged children/persons in India and other developing countries.
To support the development of underprivileged sections of society through partnership, support and capacity building.
A world where it should never hurt to be a child.
- Respect for Human Dignity,
- Gender Equality,