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The Hope Foundation

Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girl’s home, today The Hope Foundation funds over 60 projects in education, primary healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drugs rehabilitation.

HOPE works primarily with the street & slum children of Kolkata (Calcutta) and the subsequent difficulties that these children encounter. The estimated population of street children in Kolkata is over 250,000. HOPE is currently reaching out to almost 25,000 street children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.

The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity (No: CHY 13237).

Our Aim

HOPE aims to help break the cycle of poverty and abuse and free the street and slum children from a life of horror and fear.

Work of The Hope Foundation

The Hope Foundation is working with 14 Indian NGO partners to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums, improve their quality of life, and give abandoned street and slum children a better future.  

HOPE and its partners operate over 60 projects, with the majority of the projects geared towards helping street children and their community. It begins with the youngest children and the establishment of crèches, something that is very unique in Kolkata, which allows the mothers of children to work and support their family. Following this, coaching centres provide children with social and educational preparation for mainstream schooling and support during their schooling.

Vocational training is given to adolescents and working mothers so that they can have a livelihood; and counselling plays a huge part in helping those who have been abused while living on the streets and slums. HOPE funds a number of children’s homes that care for young children who are deemed to be at high risk on the streets. These homes provide these children with food, clothing, shelter, education, a brighter future but most importantly unconditional love - something that many of them have never felt before.


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Contact Details

Silverdale Grove, Ballinlough Road, Cork, Cork, 97

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 13237

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20040710

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