Welcome To The Hope Foundation Ireland

The Hope Foundation is dedicated to promoting the protection of street and slum children in Kolkata and the most underprivileged in India. HOPE works to effect immediate and lasting change in their lives.

By extending support to children and their communities via 60 on the ground projects,HOPE provides sustainable holistic solutions to protection and development. By providing healthcare, counselling and education, HOPE ensures children in its care enter adulthood equipped with the tools and support they need to live healthy and happy lives.

To date HOPE has helped over 2.3 million people.

What We Do

The Hope Foundation rescues thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, helping to improve their quality of life and give them a better future.

Funding over 60 projects HOPE reaches out to the most forgotten and vulnerable.


We work to prevent abuse and exploitation of children by rescuing children from starvation and providing life-saving healthcare.

Drugs Rehabilitation

Solvent abuse is a major problem for many young people in Kolkata and Howrah Station is home to many homeless people.


The Hope Foundation believes that education is the passport out of poverty. It is the key to building an independent, successful life.

Vocational Training

We are committed to sustainable development. Being able to earn a living from a skill is a long term solution to poverty.


Improving the health of street children and families living in the slums of Kolkata is a priority in our fight against poverty.


The combination of malnutrition and infection is the leading cause of death among young children in developing countries.

How You Can Get Involved
Latest News

Clonakilty Students raise €15,000 for The Hope Foundation

In October 2015, five students from Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty were chosen by their teachers to join The Hope Foundation’s School Immersion Programme. The Immersion Programme gives Transition and 5th Year students the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week and to visit HOPE projects on an educational and cultural visit…


Love at Last by Mella Murphy

Love at Last, a little book of inspirational quotes by Mella Murphy, Founder of Yoga For HOPE. Mella Murphy’s beautiful new book and cards are now on sale through the HOPE Shop. Love at Last is a series of inspirational quotes put together by Mella and are available in book or cards. Both the books and…


HOPE Himalayan Walk 2016

Want to travel to India? Enjoy guided walks? Would you like to help a street child?
This fantastic walk will see you travel to India for the experience of a lifetime with The Hope Foundation.
Join us for this charity trek in November. You will walk in the majestic Himalayan foothills in the north of India in the states of Sikkim and North West Bengal.


World Day for International Justice

Today is World Day for International Justice. We’d like to raise awareness this day by highlighting important issues related to social inequality, and the ways in which The Hope Foundation are working towards bridging the gap and improving the lives of street and slum residents in Kolkata.


World Youth Skills Day 2016

July 15th, World Youth Skills Day, an initiative proposed by draft resolution by Sri Lanka and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. High youth unemployment often means being unable to escape the effects of poverty, and affects entire families, communities and nations.


Arthur Carron’s Exhibition in aid of Hope Foundation

Arthur Carron is a national and internationally award winning photographer from Dundalk, a fellow of the Irish photographic federation and 17 year professional press and PR photographer working primarily for the Irish Independent in recent years. Over the past few years his trips took him to the Northern Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and…


Mark Seymour’s Street Photography Workshop, Kolkata – November 2016

The Hope Foundation are delighted to announce that Nikon UK Representative Mark Seymour will host two Street Photography Workshops in Kolkata in aid of HOPE. The workshop dates are 14th – 18th November 2016 23rd – 27th November 2016 This is an amazing opportunity to spend with Mark Seymour capturing and documenting life on the streets of bustling Kolkata while also visiting some of The…

What People Say
  • The Schools Immersion Programme is an amazing accomplishment and I’m proud that our school has had the opportunity to get involved. The HOPE Staff provide a detailed overview of the project from the off, and students are given a clear fundraising aim. The sum is substantial but achievable. Organisational and entrepreneurial skills are developed quickly, but the true winners are the Junior Students being plied with cake, quizzes and sports tournaments!

    Immediately on arrival in India the students are greeted with a garland of marigolds and immersed into Kolkata. A diverse team of HOPE leaders support the students, encouragingquestioning to develop a deep understanding of the complex cultural and economic society in India. The students expect to see poverty and sadness. The poverty is certainly there, on an unimaginable scale, but what is unexpected is the levelof joy and happiness found in the children’s homes. The Immersion Programme has become an integral part of our TY Year, and for all the students involved it has been a most positive and rewarding experience.

    Kelly McEntee, teacher in Rochestown College
  • I heard of HOPE through a girl who previously went and was inspired by her experience. I chose to sign up because I felt like it was time to give back to those in need. I’m 16 years of age and to think I travelled to Kolkata, India! I got to know a different culture, met the children HOPE work with, made loads of new friends and had THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. It is not something everyone can say they’ve done at such a young age. I’m glad and grateful I had the opportunity to be part of this AMAZING EXPERIENCE. HOPE has been life changing for me, and many others too.
    Helping One Person Every day is my new motto. HOPE has changed me for the better – I’m more determined now to appreciate life, as good as I have it and to be glad of such wonderful things in this world.

    Katie Wallace, Glanmire Community College, 2016 Schools Immersion Programme participant.

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