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The Hope Foundation
The Hope Foundation


The Hope Foundation is a registered charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India.

Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity with offices in India, the UK, Germany and the USA. We now work with 14 Indian partner organisations to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata. We work to enable them to have a better future. We work to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.

Living on the streets, children are exposed to horrendous 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 school. HOPE works to free them from child labour.

HOPE funds and operates over 60 projects. We reach out to those most forgotten; offering protection, healthcare, nutrition, education, rehabilitation and a family for life.

To date, through education alone, HOPE has reached out to almost 25,000 children. Our primary healthcare programmes, in partnership with Irish Aid, have reached hundreds of thousands of the poorest children and vulnerable families.


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